Players with best shot to win


Grass isn't for everyone -- even for some of the players who win on it. Ana Ivanovic just won the title in Birmingham and has a game that seems suited to grass, but she says she still doesn't find it an easy surface to play on. But there are others who thrive on the lawns. Here's a look at some of the top women who seem to like grass the most.


Serena Williams: Her legendary serve and powerful strokes become even more effective on grass, making it easier for her to take control of points. As Williams usually doesn't need any extra advantages, her edge on this surface has given her five Wimbledon titles. "Once I step on the match court I feel so good," she said as she returned to the tournament a year ago. "It's something about Wimbledon." As she showed two years ago, she's even more of a force after being unexpectedly ousted at the French Open.


Agnieszka Radwanska: Unlike Williams, Radwanska relies on outmaneuvering her opponents, and grass gives her a little extra power to finish points while rewarding her all-court creativity. Or as she put it, more simply, "I'm doing very good every year. I just like the surface." She might not have an explanation, but it's shown in her results. Radwanska reached her first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in 2012 and also got to the semifinals a year ago. But the 25-year-old Pole is entering the tournament with little match play, after going out in the first round of Eastbourne this week, so she'll need her aptitude for the surface to kick in once the Championships begin.


Petra Kvitova: The 2011 champion said, not surprisingly, that her favorite tournament is Wimbledon. It's also the event where she is the one thing she isn't elsewhere -- consistent. The Czech has reached at least the quarterfinals every year since 2010.


Sabine Lisicki: The big-serving German has never reached the quarterfinals of any of the other Grand Slams, but at Wimbledon she has reached at least the quarterfinals every year since 2009 that she has played. This year, she will return as the runner-up. "I used to hate it," she said two years ago. "I think I lost five straight matches on grass in the beginning, plus one doubles, and then I turned it around in 2009 when I reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals." Although she is one of the top players on this surface, injuries have been a consistent problem for Lisicki. In yet another incident, she rolled her ankle at the French Open.


Kirsten Flipkens: The Belgian's abilities to slice and play an attacking game mean she is a natural fit for this surface, as she showed in getting to the semifinals a year ago. But after breaking into the top 15 following that result, she has fallen back this season.

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