Wimbledon dark horse – Karolína Muchová
Karolina Muchova hasn’t played since the French Open where she made it to the finals, and battled top-ranked Iga Swiatek to three sets before falling 4-6 in the third. But Swiatek is a completely different player on grass and hasn’t advanced even into the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Muchova, at least, has made the quarterfinals twice at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Muchova has also been playing her most sustained successful tennis since she turned pro in 2014. After not being ranked in the top 100 at the end of 2022, she is currently ranked 16th. She has a big serve – peaking around 110 miles per hour – and can control the game on grass. She can also keep her volleys low which is a must to win matches at Wimbledon.
Muchova is also strong at the net so if she can get in a groove where she is landing her first serve and pressuring her opponent by attacking the net, she could be in great shape. But much of how deep of a run Muchova has at Wimbledon might depend on her draw.
If she ends up on the same side as Swiatek, who will be the number 1 seed, she has an excellent chance of advancing. Swiatek might end up being an all-time great, but she has to figure out how to win at the grass major first and she hasn’t shown she can do so. If Muchova has to face players like Petra Kvitova or Elena Rybakina, things could be much more difficult.