Since the French Open, world number one Iga Swiatek has been on the sidelines enjoying time off from matchplay after her second career major while others have been duking it out on grass courts to tune-up for Wimbledon.
After dominating the hard courts and into the clay, there's no doubt the Pole is the favorite for the US Open and the Australian Open next year. With grass being her worst surface and the one suited to her game the least, can anyone stop her?
You really cannot start any tournament favorites list without the world number one. Her remarkable run of over 30-plus match wins keeps going but will it continue on the grass courts? She has had no warm-up coming into this event and her previous best result here is a 4th round showing the last time last year.
2019 champion Simona Halep is going under the radar a bit, mostly due to her recent walkover headed into the Championships. The walkover was likely just precautionary but in the end, we'll never really know for sure. A semifinal loss in Birmingham to dark horse Beatriz Haddad Maia and then another semifinal berth in Bad Homburg has the Romanian in a good spot for the first actual defense of her title after sitting out last year due to injury.
She avoids Swiatek until the semifinals potentially but gets a rough draw with her section containing the likes of Coco Gauff, Karolina Pliskova, and Camila Giorgi, all power threats, especially on grass.
The title in Berlin puts the Tunisian right near the top of the favorites list once again but her recent opening-round loss at the French Open still leaves a bit of a sour taste. Jabeur made the quarterfinals at the All-England Club last year and looks to add to those successes. Jabeur has a nice draw without too many early threats in her way, and that could be the key to her going deep or going out early.
Beatriz Haddad Maia
No one would've thought Haddad Maia could sneak up for the title, but that's what she has done given her exploits over the last three weeks. A 12-match win streak, only going down at the hands of Petra Kvitova and two grass-court titles along the way has paved the way for what could be the Brazilian's best major showing.
The second round is her best showing at the All-England Club but given the likes of the players in her section, high seeds but players who have tended to fall short in big tournaments, this could be her best shot at a deep run.
The 2018 champion is getting up there in age but still loves to play well at the big events. Despite only being 2-2 at majors this year, Wimbledon has been a happy hunting ground for the German, having her best win percentage at the All-England Club.
Her loss to Alize Cornet at the Bad Homburg Open was a bit eye-opening considering the Frenchwoman's poor form coming into the event as well as the lack of grass court success in the past. However, a nice draw could allow her to play herself into form.
After a 2021 season that saw her win the WTA Finals, 2022 has been anything but fruitful for the Spaniard. She is no longer Spain's number one woman, with that title now going to Paula Badosa, and more losses than wins, the signs are concerning.
While her first-round opponent, Greetje Minnen, has not had the ideal results leading to Wimbledon, Muguruza's form is quite troubling. Whether it be the Belgian or the potential round two opponents in Sloane Stephens or Qinwen Zheng, this could be another rude awakening for the ninth seed.
A two-for-one here with two players who were quite successful on the clay courts as fades on the quicker grass courts. While Trevisan opens up with a favorable opening round draw, don't expect the Italian to go deep into the event. The French Open semifinalist is likely going out in the first week, most likely in one of the first two rounds.
For Teichmann, her draw could be viewed as a "mixed bag". Mixed in a sense that Ajla Tomljanovic is not in the best form at the moment but found her best success at a major at Wimbledon last year by reaching the quarterfinals. The Aussie has a game made for quicker surfaces so the Swiss will be tested in this opener, and this is a match where we have the upset.
Swiatek def. Andreescu
Halep def. Gauff
Jabeur def. Riske
Bencic def. Ostapenko
Swiatek def. Halep
Jabeur def. Bencic
Swiatek def. Jabeur