Wimbledon: 6 Players to Watch

Wimbledon: 6 Players to Watch

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Ashleigh Barty, 21, made it to the finals of this month’s Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England, losing to Petra Kvitova in three sets.

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Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam tournament of the year, is set to begin on Monday. Serena Williams, the defending women’s champion, is pregnant with her first child and will not play. Andy Murray, the defending men’s champion, is in a midyear slump. New contenders could emerge. Here are a few players who have been in good form ahead of the tournament.

Ashleigh Barty

When Barty won the Wimbledon junior title in 2011 at 15, she was hailed as the future of Australian tennis. Those high expectations took the joy out of the game, and she took a break in 2014 and ’15, playing professional cricket instead. Now 21, Barty has reached four Grand Slam doubles finals with a fellow Australian, Casey Dellacqua — three in 2013 and one at this year’s French Open. In singles, Barty has had a superb 2017, breaking into the top 100 for the first time and winning her first W.T.A. title, in Malaysia. Her game, an…