Who will win the 2017 Wimbledon women's title?

Germany's Angelique Kerber in action at the ATP Aegon International tennis tournament in Eastbourne

Germany's Angelique Kerber in action at the ATP Aegon International tennis tournament in Eastbourne

She said: "I will not put too much pressure on myself".

Having lost in the second round at the French Open, Kvitova emphasised her grass court powers by winning the Birmingham title last week.

The 2015 runner-up Garbine Muguruza is also in the top quarter but she has seriously lacked consistency of late, as summed up by her Eastbourne hammering at the hands of Barbora Strycova (she lost 6-1 6-0). She has reached finals in Doha, Dubai and Miami this year, but has not progressed to the showpiece of a grass-court event since winning Eastbourne in 2009.

But none of that would have been possible had Dr Kebrle not done a good enough job repairing the tendons and ligament damage.

Last week, she took to Twitter to ask John McEnroe for "respect" after the seven-times grand slam champion said his fellow American would be ranked "like 700 in the world" if she had to play on the men's circuit.

Not that she's all that concerned, understandably, with others' thoughts about whether she can add to the trophies she clutched at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014.

But the German, beaten by Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals of the Aegon International this week, is not getting ahead of herself as she attempts to return to the sort of form that made her such a force a year ago.

The 27-year-old was bounced from the second round at the French Open, and has failed to make it past the fourth round in nine of her past 10 Grand Slam tournament appearances.

The firs seeds gone from the women's draw were 26th-seeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who fell 6-3 5-7 8-6 to German youngster Carina Witthoeft and Italian veteran Roberta Vinci, the 31st seed was beaten by Kristyna Pliskova 7-6 (8-6) 6-2.

Despite seemingly being down and out, Larsson kept trying her best to stay in the match, not giving Kvitova any opportunities to break.

In the gentlemen's tournament, Britain's own Andy Murray captured his second Grand Slam tournament on his home turf and his third overall. "Konta can win Wimbledon..."

The Swede continued to dig in but went long after burying a shot in the net to drop her serve, and Kvitova saw out the win with another ace down the middle.

"It was very special to feel their energy".

Instead I think it might be worth taking a chance on Lucie Safarova at 66/1. "I wanted to prove people wrong and I love challenges, so I think that's what kept me going through the recovery process". But it's very open.

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