All signs seem to point to Serena Williams for the Wimbledon title, but who are the experts picking? Our resident draw expert, contributor Ravi Ubha, weighs in.
WTA Staff

LONDON, England - With five titles, who wouldn't take Serena Williams' record at Wimbledon? But Williams isn't the type to rest on her laurels and will no doubt have even more motivation over the next two weeks as she attempts to complete the 'Serena Slam' for a second time - the 20-time major winner hasn't lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish since 2012. That's a slump - for her. Defending champion Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova are among those who'll try to stop Williams.

Time for a closer look at the draw.

First Quarter: Can Anyone Upset Serena?
The way the French Open unfolded, underestimating Williams' opponents in the first few rounds at Wimbledon would be a mistake. But at the same time, if the malaise that troubled her at Roland Garros has disappeared, the World No.1's chances of progressing more smoothly in southwest London seem very good.

The first seed she could encounter is Caroline Garcia. The Frenchwoman's serve can become even more of a weapon on grass - she struck the second fastest serve at the French Open behind Serena - but the 32nd seed posted a mediocre 2-2 record in her warm-up events in Birmingham and Eastbourne. Garcia is still young, and playing on grass takes some getting used to.

Dominika Cibulkova, another potential third round foe, only recently returned to the tour following an Achilles injury, and the diminutive - but big-hitting - Slovak was crushed by Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Is this the fortnight we finally get another Serena-Venus clash at a Grand Slam? It hasn't happened since Wimbledon in 2009. Venus Williams' path to that possible fourth round showdown could have been worse.

Ana Ivanovic, lower down in the quarter, must have been relieved to end her struggles at Grand Slams at the French Open, but looming in her immediate vicinity are the likes of Eastbourne finalist Belinda Bencic, grass court threat Tsvetana Pironkova, Roland Garros breakthrough artist Alison van Uytvanck and the ever dangerous Bethanie Mattek-Sands. And what kind of shape is Victoria Azarenka, a potential fourth round opponent for Ivanovic, in after her foot troubles resurfaced?

Prediction: Serena def. Bencic

Second Quarter: Maria's Tough Start?
It has been tough going for the British women of late, thanks to injury and illness. Laura Robson - a wildcard at Wimbledon - missed most of the past 18 months with a wrist injury. And just when she was in top form, Heather Watson was struck down by glandular fever. Watson has been back on tour for a while now but the stoppage set her back, as she has admitted.

Could Johanna Konta engineer a major upset in the first round when she battles Sharapova, the 2004 champion? Last week, no one would have given Konta a chance. But in Eastbourne, Konta made the quarterfinals - where she extended Bencic to a third set.

Sharapova fell to Lucie Safarova at the French Open, and the two, on paper, are on a quarterfinal collision course. Having conquered the clay, how Sharapova must wish for a second title at Wimbledon on the grass, the surface that made her a household name. That said, she won't be looking too far ahead, since the fourth-ranked Russian has landed in only one quarterfinal here since the start of the 2007 season.

The first match after a huge Grand Slam breakthrough is always difficult, which Safarova discovered at Eastbourne when she was sent packing by Cibulkova. The 2014 semifinalist's opener won't be easy at Wimbledon, either - Alison Riske awaits. Later, Safarova could run into Birmingham finalist and fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova.

Prediction: Sharapova def. Pliskova

Third Quarter: Turnaround For Simona?
There are coaching changes, and then are coaching changes. Simona Halep parting company with Victor Ionita could prove to be a masterstroke if the Romanian has another extended stay at SW19. But a second consecutive early exit from a Grand Slam will have the second guessers out in full force. Not for the first time at a Grand Slam, Halep succumbed to the pressure - and wasn't shy to admit it as she reflected on a second round exit at Roland Garros. All of a sudden, winning Indian Wells seems like a long time ago indeed.

If Halep displays the mindset and form of the 2014 French Open, getting to the third round appears to be a foregone conclusion. If the doubts creep in, though, first round opponent Jana Cepelova and others in Halep's section figure to be boosted. Halep could face Timea Bacsinszky or Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round. While Bacsinszky hasn't played since reaching the French Open semifinals, Lisicki had a good week in Birmingham. Not content with holding the record for the fastest women's serve, she blasted a WTA record 27 aces in Birmingham. Lisicki adores the grass, enjoys the English crowds - and they in turn back the 2013 finalist.

At the top of the section sit four noteworthy names: Caroline Wozniacki (the former No.1), Camila Giorgi (a recent titlist on grass in the Netherlands), Garbiñe Muguruza (never shy to pull off a substantial upset at a major) and Angelique Kerber (the Birmingham champion). Wozniacki is hoping to recover from a back injury that forced her to retire in the Eastbourne semis.

Prediction: Kerber def. Lisicki

Fourth Quarter: The Defending Champion
Twelve months ago Kvitova had two grass court matches under her belt before Wimbledon began. A little over two weeks later, she'd dismantle Eugenie Bouchard in the Wimbledon final. Kvitova described her 2015 season as "weird" and who could blame her? She's won two sizable tournaments but took an extended break from the game before illness caught up with her in Eastbourne. This time around, she didn't get any grass court match practice ahead of Wimbledon. Will it matter? Kvitova begins against Kiki Bertens; Bertens will be a threat - if the Dutchwoman can show the kind of form she regularly exhibits in the Fed Cup.

Agnieszka Radwanska, the former Wimbledon finalist, badly needed a good week somewhere, and she got it in Eastbourne. Of all her wins there this week, eliminating Pliskova - one of the most consistent performers this season - might have been the most important. If Kvitova is to grab a third Wimbledon title, the Pole could be standing in her way in the fourth round.

The last thing Bouchard is probably thinking about is making another final. The Canadian managed to get some respite in Eastbourne by winning a round but then had to retire in her next match with a stomach injury.

Another 'if:' If Ekaterina Makarova's Achilles injury has sufficiently healed, the Russian is a sensible pick to make the fourth round. After all, she, too, likes grass, always seems to step up her game at majors and her first week draw is manageable.

Prediction: Kvitova def. Makarova

Semifinals: Serena, Kvitova

Winner: Serena