Elina Svitolina —
With seventime major winner Justine Henin as a special coaching consultant, the 23yearold Ukrainian hopes to grab a major herself. Svitolina, who peaked at No. 3 last September, has captured 12 Tour titles, but has never advanced past the quarters at a major. This season she defeated Pliskova and Konta to win Brisbane; Kerber and Kasatkina to capture Dubai; and Kerber, Kasatkina and Halep to take Rome.
The slender blonde possesses effective volleys to complement her solid ground strokes. But insiders wonder whether a significant loss in weight has caused a loss in her shot power this year. With a game similar to Halep’s, No. 5ranked Svitolina lacks a knockout punch, and that will prevent her from reaching her first major semifinal.