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Wimbledon Tennis Championships Preview - Women
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Dates: Monday, June 25th through Sunday, July 8th
Site: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England
Surface: Grass
Centre Court Seating: 15,000; Court 1: 11,429; Court 13: 1,541
Annual: 119th for Women
Television: ESPN, ESPN 2, TSN, Tennis Channel
Defending Champion: Petra Kvitova def. Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-4
Doubles Champs: K.Peschke/K.Srebotnik def. S.Lisicki/S.Stosur, 6-3, 6-1
Total Purse: $25,254,700 - Women's Singles Purse: $9,073,440
Payouts: 1st Place: $1,808,400; Runner-up: $904,200; Semifinalist: $452,100
Seeded Players
RankPlayerRankPlayer
1. Maria Sharapova - F 17. Maria Kirilenko
2. Victoria Azarenka - A 18. Jelena Jankovic
3. Agnieszka Radwanska 19. Lucie Safarova
4. Petra Kvitova - * 20. Nadia Petrova
5. Samantha Stosur - U 21. Roberta Vinci
6. Serena Williams 22. Julia Goerges
7. Caroline Wozniacki 23. Petra Cetkovska
8. Angelique Kerber 24. Francesca Schiavone
9. Marion Bartoli 25. Jie Zheng
10. Sara Errani 26. Anabel Medina Garrigues
11. Na Li 27. Daniela Hantuchova
12. Vera Zvonareva 28. Christina McHale
13. Dominika Cibulkova 29. Monica Niculescu
14. Ana Ivanovic 30. Shuai Peng
15. Sabine Lisicki 31. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
16. Flavia Pennetta 32. Svetlana Kuznetsova
* - Defending champion
A - Australian Open champion
F - French Open champion
U - 2011 U.S. Open champion
Players to Watch - Finish Last Nine Years
Player (Open Record) 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Petra Kvitova (12-3) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 1st SF Won
Maria Sharapova (34-8) 4th Won SF SF 4th 2nd 2nd 4th Rup
Victoria Azarenka (15-6) --- --- --- 1st 3rd 3rd QF 3rd SF
Sabine Lisicki (9-3) --- --- --- --- --- 1st QF --- SF
Tsvet. Pironkova (10-6) --- --- --- 2nd 1st 1st 1st SF QF
Marion Bartoli (21-9) 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd Rup 3rd 3rd 4th QF
Dominika Cibulkova (8-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 3rd 3rd QF
Tamira Paszek (7-4) --- --- --- --- 4th 1st 1st --- QF
Serena Williams (60-8) Won Rup 3rd --- QF Rup Won Won 4th
Venus Williams (71-10) Rup 2nd Won 3rd Won Won Rup QF 4th
Caroline Wozniacki (12-5) --- --- --- --- 2nd 3rd 4th 4th 4th
Nadia Petrova (29-11) 3rd 4th QF --- 4th QF 4th 3rd 4th
Yanina Wickmayer (5-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 1st 3rd 4th
Shuai Peng (8-6) --- 1st --- 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd --- 4th
Petra Cetkovska (3-3) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 1st --- 4th
Ksenia Pervak (3-1) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 4th
Vera Zvonareva (19-9) 4th 4th 2nd 1st --- 2nd 3rd Rup 3rd
Jarmila Gajdosova (7-5) --- --- --- 1st 2nd --- 2nd 4th 3rd
Klara Zakopalova (6-8) 1st 2nd 1st 1st --- 1st 1st 4th 3rd
Flavia Pennetta (14-9) 2nd 1st 4th 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd
Maria Kirilenko (6-8) --- 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd
Dan. Hantuchova (23-11) 2nd 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 2nd 4th 2nd 3rd
Svet. Kuznetsova (22-9) QF 1st QF 3rd QF 4th 3rd 2nd 3rd
Roberta Vinci (8-6) --- --- 3rd --- 2nd --- 3rd 2nd 3rd
Franc. Schiavone (13-11) 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd QF 1st 3rd
Ana Ivanovic (17-7) --- --- 3rd 4th SF 3rd 4th 1st 3rd
Julia Goerges (3-4) --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 1st 1st 3rd
Li Na (12-5) --- --- --- QF --- 2nd 3rd QF 2nd
Agniesz. Radwanska (17-6) --- --- --- 4th 3rd QF QF 4th 2nd
Ana. Pavlyuchenkova (6-5) --- --- --- --- 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd
Sara Errani (4-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd
Zheng Jie (10-6) --- 1st --- 3rd --- SF 2nd 2nd 2nd
Monica Niculescu (3-4) --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd
Lucie Safarova (3-6) --- --- 1st --- 3rd 1st 1st 1st 2nd
Virginie Razzano (9-10) 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 4th --- 2nd
Christina McHale (1-1) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 2nd
Jelena Jankovic (16-8) --- 1st 3rd 4th 4th 4th 3rd 4th 1st
Angelique Kerber (2-4) --- --- --- --- 1st 1st --- 3rd 1st
Melanie Oudin (4-3) --- --- --- --- --- --- 4th 2nd 1st
Shahar Peer (9-7) --- --- 2nd 2nd 3rd 4th 2nd 2nd 1st
Ekaterina Makarova (2-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd 2nd 1st
Yaroslava Shvedova (2-5) --- --- --- 1st 1st --- 2nd 2nd 1st
Aleksandra Wozniak (2-5) --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
A. Medina Garrigues (6-9) --- 1st 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 1st 1st
Sorana Cirstea (3-4) --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 3rd 1st 1st
Samantha Stosur (5-9) 1st 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st
Alize Cornet (1-5) --- --- --- --- 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Mona Barthel (0-1) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 1st
C. Suarez Navarro (3-2) --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 3rd --- ---
1st - First Round Loser QF - Quarterfinalist
2nd - Second Round SF - Semifinalist
3rd - Third Round Rup - Runner-up
4th - Fourth Round --- - Did not play
Past Women's Champions and Runners-Up
YearWinner (runner-up and scores)
2011 Petra Kvitova def. Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-4
2010 Serena Williams def. Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 6-2
2009 Serena Williams def. Venus Williams, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
2008 Venus Williams def. Serena Williams, 7-5, 6-4
2007 Venus Williams def. Marion Bartoli, 6-4, 6-1
2006 Amelie Mauresmo def. Justine Henin-Hardenne, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
2005 Venus Williams def. Lindsay Davenport, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 9-7
2004 Maria Sharapova def. Serena Williams, 6-1, 6-4
2003 Serena Williams def. Venus Williams, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
2002 Serena Williams def. Venus Williams, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
2001 Venus Williams def. Justine Henin, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0
2000 Venus Williams def. Lindsay Davenport, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
1999 Lindsay Davenport def. Steffi Graf, 6-4, 7-5
1998 Jana Novotna def. Nathalie Tauziat, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
1997 Martina Hingis def. Jana Novotna, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
1996 Steffi Graf def. Aranxta Sanchez Vicario, 6-3, 7-5
1995 Steffi Graf def. Aranxta Sanchez Vicario, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
1994 Conchita Martinez def. Martina Navratilova, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
1993 Steffi Graf def. Jana Novotna, 7-6, 1-6, 6-4
1992 Steffi Graf def. Monica Seles, 6-2, 6-1
1991 Steffi Graf def. Gabriela Sabatini, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6
1990 Martina Navratilova def. Zina Garrison, 6-4, 6-1
1989 Steffi Graf def. Martina Navratilova, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1
1988 Steffi Graf def. Martina Navratilova, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
1987 Martina Navratilova def. Steffi Graf, 7-5, 6-3
1986 Martina Navratilova def. Hana Mandlikova, 7-6, 6-3
1985 Martina Navratilova def. Chris Evert-Lloyd, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
1984 Martina Navratilova def. Chris Evert-Lloyd, 7-6, 6-2
1983 Martina Navratilova def. Andrea Jaeger, 6-0, 6-3
1982 Martina Navratilova def. Chris Evert-Lloyd, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
1981 Chris Evert-Lloyd def. Hana Mandlikova, 6-2, 6-2
1980 Evonne Goolagong-Cawley def. Chris Evert-Lloyd, 6-1, 7-6
1979 Martina Navratilova def. Chris Evert-Lloyd, 6-4, 6-4
1978 Martina Navratilova def. Chris Evert, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
1977 Virginia Wade def. Betty Stove, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
1976 Chris Evert def. Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, 6-3, 4-6, 8-6
1975 Billie Jean King def. Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, 6-0, 6-1
1974 Chris Evert def. Olga Morozova, 6-0, 6-4
1973 Billie Jean King def. Chris Evert, 6-0, 7-5
1972 Billie Jean King def. Evonne Goolagong, 6-3, 6-3
1971 Evonne Goolagong def. Margaret Court, 6-4, 6-1
1970 Margaret Court def. Billie Jean King, 14-12, 11-9
1969 Ann Jones def. Billie Jean King, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
1968 Billie Jean King def. Judy Tegart, 9-7, 7-5
1967 Billie Jean King def. Ann Haydon-Jones, 6-3, 6-4
1966 Billie Jean King def. Maria Bueno, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
1965 Margaret Smith def. Maria Bueno, 6-4, 7-5
1964 Maria Bueno def. Margaret Smith, 6-4, 7-9, 6-3
1963 Margaret Smith def. Billie Jean Moffitt, 6-3, 6-4
1962 Karen Hantze Susman def. Vera Sukova, 6-4, 6-4
1961 Angela Mortimer def. Christene Truman, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
1960 Maria Bueno def. Sandra Reynolds, 8-6, 6-0
1959 Maria Bueno def. Darlene Hard, 6-4, 6-3
1958 Althea Gibson def. Angela Mortimer, 8-6, 6-2
1957 Althea Gibson def. Darlene Hard, 6-3, 6-2
1956 Shirley Fry def. Angela Buxton, 6-3, 6-1
1955 Louise Brough def. Beverly Fleitz, 7-5, 8-6
1954 Maureen Connolly def. Louise Brough, 6-2, 7-5
1953 Maureen Connolly def. Doris Hart, 8-6, 7-5
1952 Maureen Connolly def. Louise Brough, 7-5, 6-3
1951 Doris Hart def. Shirley Fry, 6-1, 6-0
1950 Louise Brough def. Margaret Dupont, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
1949 Louise Brough def. Margaret Dupont, 10-8, 1-6, 10-8
1948 Louise Brough def. Doris Hart, 6-3, 8-6
1947 Margaret Osborne def. Doris Hart, 6-2, 6-4
1946 Pauline Betz def. Louise Brough, 6-2, 6-4
1945 Not Held
1944 Not Held
1943 Not Held
1942 Not Held
1941 Not Held
1940 Not Held
1939 Alice Marble def. Kay Stammers, 6-2, 6-0
1938 Helen Wills Moody def. Helen Jacobs, 6-4, 6-0
1937 Dorothy Round def. Jadwiga Jedrzejowska, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
1936 Helen Jacobs def. Hilde Kranwinkel Sperling, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
1935 Helen Wills def. Helen Jacobs, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
1934 Dorothy Round def. Helen Jacobs, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
1933 Helen Wills Moody def. Dorothy Round, 6-4, 6-8, 6-3
1932 Helen Wills Moody def. Helen Jacobs, 6-3, 6-1
1931 Cilly Aussem def. Hilde Kranwinkel, 6-2, 7-5
1930 Helen Wills Moody def. Elizabeth Ryan, 6-2, 6-2
1929 Helen Wills def. Helen Jacobs, 6-1, 6-2
1928 Helen Wills def. Lili De Alvarez, 6-2, 6-3
1927 Helen Wills def. Lili De Alvarez, 6-2, 6-4
1926 Kathleen Godfrey def. Lili De Alvarez, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
1925 Suzanne Lenglen def. Joan Fry, 6-2, 6-0
1924 Kathleen McKane def. Helen Wills, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
1923 Suzanne Lenglen def. Kathlene McKane, 6-2, 6-2
1922 Suzanne Lenglen def. Molla Mallory, 6-2, 6-0
1921 Suzanne Lenglen def. Elizabeth Ryan, 6-2, 6-0
1920 Suzanne Lenglen def. Dorothea Lambert Chambers, 6-3, 6-0
1919 Suzanne Lenglen def. Dorothea Lambert Chambers, 10-8, 4-6, 9-7
1918 Not Held
1917 Not Held
1916 Not Held
1915 Not Held
1914 Dorothea Lambert Chambers def. Ethel Larcombe, 7-5, 6-4
1913 Dorothea Lambert Chambers def. Mrs. McNair, 6-0, 6-4
1912 Ethel Larcombe def. A. Sterry, 6-3, 6-1
1911 Dorothea Chambers def. Dora Boothby, 6-0, 6-0
1910 Dorothea Chambers def. Dora Boothby, 6-2, 6-2
1909 Dora Boothby def. A. Morton, 6-4, 4-6, 8-6
1908 Charlotte Sterry def. A. Morton, 6-4, 6-4
1907 May Sutton def. Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers, 6-1, 6-4
1906 Dorothea Douglass def. May Sutton, 6-3, 9-7
1905 May Sutton def. Dorothea Douglass, 6-3, 6-4
1904 Dorothea Douglass def. Charlotte Sterry, 6-0, 6-3
1903 Dorothea Douglass def. E. Thompson, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
1902 Muriel Robb def. Charlotte Sterry, 7-5, 6-1
1901 Charlotte Sterry def. Blanche Hillyard, 6-2, 6-2
1900 Blanche Hillyard def. Charlotte Cooper, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
1899 Blanche Hillyard def. Charlotte Cooper, 6-2, 6-3
1898 Charlotte Cooper def. M. Martin, 6-4, 6-4
1897 Blanche Hillyard def. Charlotte Cooper, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2
1896 Charlotte Cooper def. Mrs. W. H. Pickering, 6-2, 6-3
1895 Charlotte Cooper def. H. Jackson, 7-5, 8-6
1894 Blanche Hillyard def. E. Austin, 6-1, 6-1
1893 Charlotte Dod def. Blance Hillyard, 6-8, 6-1, 6-4
1892 Charlotte Dod def. Blance Hillyard, 6-1, 6-1
1891 Charlotte Dod def. Blance Hillyard, 6-2, 6-1
1890 Lena Rice def. M. Jacks, 6-4, 6-1
1889 Blanche Hillyard def. Lena Rice, 4-6, 8-6, 6-4
1888 Charlotte Dod def. Blanche Bingley Hillyard, 6-3, 6-3
1887 Charlotte Dod def. Blanche Bingley, 6-2, 6-0
1886 Blanche Bingley def. Maud Watson, 6-3, 6-3
1885 Maud Watson def. Blanche Bingley, 6-1, 7-5
1884 Maud Watson def. Lillian Watson, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3
NOTES:
Heading into the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Petra Kvitova was the eighth seed and had an outside chance of reaching the final, let alone winning.

That all changed, as Kvitova cruised to the quarterfinals with four straight-set wins. Although she needed three sets to defeat Tsvetana Pironkova and Victoria Azarenka, Kvitova easily defeated Maria Sharapova in straight sets for her first career Grand Slam title.

Kvitova used a powerful array of groundstrokes to earn a 6-3, 6-4 triumph on the famed lawns of the All England Club. She became the first Czech woman to win Wimbledon since Jana Novotna in 1998 and first left-handed woman to capture the crown since fellow Czech native Martina Navratilova won her record ninth title in 1990.

Back in 2010, Serena Williams put on a dominant performance, defeating all seven opponents in straight sets, including a 6-3, 6-2 thrashing of Vera Zvonareva in the final. The win was her fourth title at the All England Club, as she fired nine aces and broke serve three times. For the fortnight, Serena posted a tournament-record 89 aces. Her toughest test for the event proved to be a fourth-round matchup with Sharapova, as she defeated the Russian, 7-6 (11-9), 6-4. Serena owns 13 career Grand Slam titles.

Serena, along with her sister Venus, have dominated the Wimbledon championships, winning nine of the last 12 titles.

Three year ago was no exception, as Serena defeated her big sister 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 for her third Wimbledon trophy. In a rematch of the 2008 final, Serena exacted some revenge against Venus, as she dominated the championship match. Appearing in her 14th Grand Slam final, Serena added to her championship lore. She essentially came off the mat to win Wimbledon, fighting off a match point in the semifinals to beat Elena Dementieva in three sets in a match that lasted nearly three hours.

It was the fourth time Serena and Venus played against each other in a Wimbledon finale. Serena has won three of those encounters, and in '09 she lost just eight points on her serve the entire match. The younger Williams also held a 12-2 advantage in aces and amazingly won points on 31 of her 33 successful first serves.

In 2008, Venus defeated Serena in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4, for her seventh Grand Slam title. Seeded seventh, Venus had little trouble advancing to the semifinals, as she won each of her matches in straight sets. Against Dementieva, the fifth seed, Venus won 6-1, 7-6 to reach the championship match. Serena did not lose a set until the final.

Players from the United States have won 54 of the 118 ladies' singles championships. The British Isles is next with 29, followed by Germany (8), Great Britain (7), France (7), Australia (5), Brazil (3), Spain (2), Czech Republic (2), Russia (1) and Switzerland (1).

Martina Navratilova is the all-time singles winner at Wimbledon, with nine titles and owns the record for the most consecutive titles with six (1982-87).

The ladies' singles trophy is a silver salver, sometimes referred to as the Rosewater Dish or Venus Rosewater Dish, which was first won by the champion when the challenge round was introduced in 1886. The 50 guineas trophy was made in 1864 by Messrs. Elkington and Co. Ltd. of Birmingham and is a copy of an electrotype by Caspar Enderlein from a pewter original in the Louvre.

Total prize money was increased to 16,060,000 pounds, with both the men and women receiving the same amounts. The champion will receive $1,808,400.


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