For many people reading this, chances are, you were not even born when the last winner of the ladies Wimbledon title was an Australian. Initially, many people think of Margaret Court, who did win the tournament three times. However, the most recent winner was Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980, a full nine years after winning her first Wimbledon crown.
Truth be told, there could not be much hope for an Australian ladies winner at Wimbledon in 2015 before the tournament started. The highest ranked player in the draw is Sam Stosur, who was given the number 22 seed for the tournament. This seeding must be purely based on world ranking, as Stosur has failed to get beyond the third round in twelve attempts, falling at the first hurdle in six of them. However, the 31 year old looked a much better prospect than ever before, securing a 6-4 6-4 win over Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic.
Stosur has placed previous failures at Wimbledon down to feeling stressed when on court but claims to be more relaxed this year. That relaxed feeling shouldn’t have any reason to change in the second round, as a meeting with the unseeded Urszula Radwanska awaits. Ranked 107 in the world, Radwanska should not pose a threat, given her recent form. That being said, Stosur’s record at Wimbledon suggests that this will be far from easy. Perhaps, as Stosur gets older, the nerves and stress will evaporate and a feeling of enjoyment will take over. In which case, could her best years at Wimbledon be to come?
Other Australian ladies looking to make an impact at Wimbledon in 2015 include, Casey Dellacqua, Jarmila Gajdosova and young hopeful Ajla Tomljanovic.
In the last three years, Dellacqua and Gajdosova have failed to progress beyond the third round of the tournament. In-fact, Dellacqua has struggled at Wimbledon for some time and will need a huge turn-around in fortunes to make any impact at SW19 this year.
At the age of 22, Australia will be hoping to see signs of development in the game of Ajla Tomljanovic. Having failed to get beyond the first round of Wimbledon in three previous attempts, another failure to do so in 2015, will lead to questions being asked. As Sam Stosur has proved, once you get stuck in a bad cycle of results at Wimbledon, it can be extremely difficult to get out of it.
Can Ajla Tomljanovic step up at Wimbledon 2015 or will she fall at the first hurdle, which would be a huge psychological blow for the future?