Wimbledon: Ladies to watch

  • Last Updated: June 20 2014, 12:11 BST

We pick out 10 ladies to follow at Wimbledon 2014 - from title contenders to rising stars.

Eugenie Bouchard: Semi-finalist in Melbourne and Paris already this year
Eugenie Bouchard: Semi-finalist in Melbourne and Paris already this year

Serena Williams

The world number one will certainly go into Wimbledon as the favourite but her dominance of women's tennis has not been reflected at the grand slams, where she has failed to go past the fourth round in three of the last four tournaments. She was beaten in the fourth round at Wimbledon last year and suffered her heaviest ever grand slam loss in the second round of the French Open. That could be a good omen, though, because her 2012 first-round loss at Roland Garros was followed by Wimbledon, Olympic and US Open titles.

Li Na

Another player looking for a boost after losing in the first round of the French Open. The Australian Open champion was all out of sorts in Paris after a consistently impressive 12 months. Wimbledon is the only one of the major tournaments where she is yet to go beyond the quarter-finals.

Simona Halep

Halep is the hottest talent in women's tennis after a remarkable 12 months which have seen her rise from outside the top 50 to third in the world rankings. Grass does not suit her as well as clay but, after her performance in pushing Maria Sharapova all the way in the French Open final, anything seems possible for the 22-year-old Romanian.

Agnieszka Radwanska

Radwanska will be quite happy to have swapped clay for grass, where her skilful game is better rewarded. The Pole has had chances to win Wimbledon the last two years, losing the final to Serena Williams in 2012 and going down in a long three-setter to Sabine Lisicki in the semi-finals last year.

Maria Sharapova

Fresh from a second French Open title, Sharapova will attempt to match that at Wimbledon a decade after winning her first grand slam trophy as a 17-year-old. The Russian has underachieved at the All England Club since then, although she did reach the final again in 2011, losing to Petra Kvitova.

Ana Ivanovic

Ivanovic is having her best season since winning her only grand slam title at the French Open in 2008. The Serbian, who reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon seven years ago, beat Williams in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Sabine Lisicki

Lisicki is something of a Wimbledon specialist. The surface suits her big serve and forehand and she has made at least the quarter-finals the last three years. She was favourite to win the title 12 months ago against Marion Bartoli but nerves got the better of her. The German is hopeful of recovering from an ankle injury suffered at the French Open.

Eugenie Bouchard

The 20-year-old Canadian is seriously ambitious and expects herself to challenge for grand slam titles despite only being in her second season out of juniors. Bouchard has made the semi-finals at both the Australian and French Opens, the only woman to do so, and is comfortable on grass. She won the junior title two years ago.

Garbine Muguruza

Muguruza was undoubtedly the breakout star of the French Open. Having beaten Williams in the second round, the 20-year-old Venezuelan-Spaniard went on to reach the quarter-finals, where she came close to upsetting Sharapova. Unlike most Spanish-schooled players, Muguruza has a power-based game that should suit grass.

Belinda Bencic

The junior champion is usually given a wild card into the following year's main draw at Wimbledon but 17-year-old Bencic does not need one because she is already ranked 77th. Martina Hingis' mother Melanie Molitor has played a big role in the development of the Swiss, whose game is reminiscent of Hingis.