Women stars shine at pre-Wimbledon party

Female tennis stars dress up for the pre-Wimbledon WTA party – and look forward to playing too.

LONDON, UK (JUNE 25, 2015) (WTA TOUR-IEC) – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) hosted a pre-Wimbledon party in London where the stars said they were looking forward to getting onto the court, as well as the dance floor.

Top seed Serena Williams, 33, will be back at the All England Club next week eager to complete the ‘Serena Slam’: as the holder of the U.S., Australian and French Open titles, the American is seven wins away from holding all four majors at the same time, a feat she last achieved as a 21-year-old.

Williams seemed relaxed before Thursday night’s (June 25) party.

“Well I just don’t have that pressure on me of like ‘Oh I have to win’ or ‘I have to do this’ or anything like that. I just feel more or less like ‘you know, I’m just happy to be here’ you know and if anything I’m just going to enjoy myself,” said the American.

Defending champion Petra Kvitova had a sore throat so missed the Eastbourne grass court ‘warm-up’ tournament, but the Czech second seed, who is the only person to beat Williams this year, said her preparation had been good.

“It’s been going well. After Paris I had good practises. Unfortunately I got sick in Eastbourne so had to pull out, but I feel better and that’s important and I hope I’m going to be ready for next week,” said Kvitova.

Five-times grand slam champion Maria Sharapova is seeded 4th and also felt ready to start.

“Just kind of rebooted and got healthy. It took a little bit of time obviously and yeah, just got here early and – preparing for Wimbledon,” said the Russian.

Like Kvitova, last year’s Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard also retired injured from Eastbourne.

The Canadian has not had a good season and dropped out of the top 10 in May. She is seeded 12th at Wimbledon, a tournament she loves.

“Yeah of course, as soon as I step foot onto Wimbledon grass court I will just be in love. It’s been such great memories for me, but at the same time you know it’s a new year. I mean last year it was great experience, but besides that I’m not going to worry about it,” said Bouchard.