Johanna Konta fit and ready for Wimbledon despite fall

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04 July, 2017

Karolina Pliskova shapes as being hard to beat at Wimbledon as Petra Kvitova targets a dream title. "I know I can play well on it". What happened was heartbreaking and we were all in doubt about the issue, if she was going to recover well and everything.

The Wimbledon women's draw this year is as open as they come.

That total, to Kvitova, was a sign that she is getting closer to the player who succeeds on grass on the strength of a strong serve and powerful forehands. "As a player competing at your home grand slam, you feel that people are rooting for you and it can help you incredibly".

With no defending champion Serena Williams this year, and with Maria Sharapova pulling out of Wimbledon Qualifying after injury on her comeback, the field is wide open.

Wimbledon will only be Petra Kvitova's third tournament since returning from the horrific attack at her apartment in the Czech Republic last December, when an intruder cut her racquet hand.

There are few potential bumps in the road for her as well - first up she faces Lucie Safarova in the third round who has reached the Wimbledon semi-finals before, and former finalist Garbiñe Muguruza in the fourth round, who seemed to find some form again on grass in Birmingham.

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Her touch at the net was assured as it ever was - astonishingly so given the surgeon who reattached the tendons in her fingers in a four-hour operation said she had a "very low" chance of resuming her career.

In gentlemen's singles betting action, Swiss veteran Roger Federer leads the way as a +200 favourite to claim a record eighth Wimbledon title, but is closely followed by world No. 1 Andy Murray at +350, and recent French Open champion Rafael Nadal at +400. There's things in the life that should be more important than just tennis.

Having stepped away from the court as she waits to become a mother in September, Williams, who won Wimbledon in 2015 and 2016, has created a power vacuum at the top that Sharapova was expected to fill when the Russian returned from her doping suspension. I think I see life and tennis from a little bit of a different angle than before.

If you're reading this, you're probably like me - on your laptop or phone for the 900,000th straight day. I practiced with her here and in Mallorca.

"But there are a lot of players who are taking that spot and it is going to be just another tough tournament, even though maybe the major names are not here this year". I told him not to be too excited, then stuff could be different on court, but hopefully for him he can enjoy it and play some good tennis.


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