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Your 2015 Guide to Watching Wimbledon (and Its Top Female Players)

Your 2015 Guide to Watching Wimbledon (and Its Top Female Players)

By Devin Tomb

Whether you're a tennis fan or not, you're going to be hearing a lot about Wimbledon over the coming days — the tournament kicked off Monday morning and runs through July 12 (although you could argue that the real kick off happened over the weekend, when Serena Williams took the stage during Taylor Swift's Hyde Park performance in London, singing "Style" along with Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, and Cara Delevingne). 

But onto the main event!

If you're a super fan, Gizmodo came out with a magical guide for how to watch Wimbledon at work without getting caught. Namely, you can watch it via live stream by downloading either the BBC iPlayer app or the official Wimbledon app to your iPhone or Android (and if you just want to keep track of stats on Twitter, they recommend Hardly Work, which makes your social media feeds look "boring," just in case your boss walks by and happens to glance at your screen).

If you're not a super fan, but want to sound like you know what you’re talking about, here's what you need to know:

Serena Williams is the No. 1 woman to watch, obviously. She comes back to Wimbledon after a tough go in 2014 — she was upset by Alizé Cornet and then underwent an on-court medical exam during a doubles match with her sister, Venus, struggling through three more games. Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, said recently in The New York Times, "I think she'll have a bit of stress coming back to Wimbledon, as she did at the French Open…but she'll get past it. That's what she does." She's already coming back strong, winning her 73rd Wimbledon match today, putting her on par with her sister's wins.

There will be lots of names floating around, but your time will be well-spent looking up high-ranking Ladies’ Singles players. Serena is ranked No. 1, and then you have…

Petra Kvitova
Simona Halep
Maria Sharapova
Caroline Wozniacki
Lucie Safarova
Ana Ivanovic
Ekaterina Makarova
Carla Suarez Navarro
Angelique Kerber

And if you just want a great tennis read, try TIME's profile on Alice Marble, a Wimbledon champion who was also a spy.

More From Levo League:
The Anatomy of a Game Changer: A Look at Wimbledon Champ Marion Bartoli
Top 10 Moments for Women in Sports 
• Venus Williams Asked for More and So Should You 
Benefits of Company Sports Leagues

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