This year, Wimbledon tends to have a special meaning for both branches of Tennis ( ATP, WTA). In women's singles contest, Angelique Kerber who is the current world no. 1 and last year's runner-up will try to survive at the top of the ranking despite all that pressure she received lately.

Both Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep are within a close range trying to surpass the German. For Kerber, this season needs something special under the belt as her game is far from that level of consistency of last year. Having her opening round match yesterday, the world no.

1 edged Irina Falconi at the end of a tight match. Struggling to get past a player stationed way outside the top 100 it's never a positive thing but what Kerber must do a lot of work on the grass court.

Angelique Kerber leads the upper half of the draw

Being the world no. 1 spot holder and a runner-up of the previous edition, Angelique Kerber received the first seed status. The draw put her in the first half of the battlefield, but the path towards the final won't be that easy. Getting past Irina Falconi ensures her a clash with Kirsten Flipkens in the net round. If she reaches the third round, either Shelby Rogers or Lucie Safarova will stand at the other end of the grass court.

Both are powerful players, and the grass will do nothing but to enable their tennis skills.

If she survives the first week, Kerber's road is heading towards a collision with Garbine Muguruza in the fourth round. Failing to defend the French Open crown, Muguruza is now outside the top 10, and she's a serious threat on that part of the draw. The quarterfinals could bring Kuznetsova or Radwanska on the other side of the net.

The lower part of the first half is populated with some serious names who may emerge in Kerber's projected trajectory. The last four stages is a wild guess, but it's likely to have a WTA star on the other side of the net as Caroline Wozniacki, Karolina Pliskova, Kristina Mladenovik or Coco Vandeweghe pose as the main competitors of the second quarter of the draw.

Kerber's numbers this year are below average

Being the world no. 1 is not an easy business. And Kerber has been struggling to cope with this unique status though the lack of success is obvious. Overall, she is 21-14 in win/loss ration this season, some numbers that are more likely to see on an average player ranked somewhere around the top 50. Moreover, Kerber has nothing in titles' compartment this year which is just another proof of her lack of success. Wimbledon is a tipping point of the season, and she will need an extended run here. The upcoming months will determine how her season will end as she is the defending champion at the US Open.