Wimbledon 2017: Who are defending champions?

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 past year.Johanna Konta joined Andy Murray in declaring herself fit for Wimbledon.The last of those came nine years ago but the 37-year-old is enjoying an Indian summer to her career. “I’d like to think that I’m also better prepared”.Cue the smiling arrival of Britain’s No1 hope in the women’s draw at Wimbledon on Sunday, as the sixth seed, and all seems well with her world.Having said all of that, she has in the past displayed more nerves at Wimbledon than at other tournaments. I know it is always hard. I think that before, I was very nervous before every match.Konta withdrew from her Eastbourne semi-final against Karolina Pliskova on Friday due to a thoracic spine problem sustained in a nasty fall in her previous match. “It means we’re talking more about women’s tennis in this country”, said Konta, who was born to Hungarian parents in Sydney and moved to Britain at the age of 14. Definitely it was medically the right decision to not continue playing in Eastbourne, to give my body that chance to recover.”There was definitely doubt in my mind that I would ever be able to play again, because that’s what some of the doctors were saying”, Kvitova said.”But then when the time came, about the end of the March, I took the racquet for the first time to my hand, I was starting to think I would love to be back in Wimbledon“.Pliskova made her grand slam breakthrough with a run to the U.S. Open final past year, beating Serena along the way, and followed up by making the quarter-finals in Australia and claiming two tour titles before going to the French Open.”Seeing that there are not too many, if any, grass-court specialists in the tournament, she is the one that I think everybody has to look out for”, said Evert, who will call matches for ESPN. “But I’m going to be taking it one at a time”. “I already played in Paris, but Wimbledon was my dream to coming back, it was my motivation to play here”.Although her second round exit previous year was her best showing at Wimbledon, she has shown decent form in the warm-up events on grass, losing in the final at Nottingham and beating Kerber in the quarter-finals at Eastbourne. And I was really pleased to get to the final of Surbiton.It is encouraging to see Watson moving and hitting with the sort of joy and freedom of which she is capable when unencumbered by injury or self-doubt and she is in that zone right now, playing near to the level she reached when she nearly pulled off the unthinkable against Serena Williams here in 2015.