Re: WWW Ilkley W100 and claim that Wimbledon wildcard?
I don't think there's an obvious favourite.
Smitkova is the defending champion and is normally good on grass, but she hasn't been too brilliant thus far, losing to Dunne the other week in Surbiton and finding herself in a position of being 0-5 down to Swan final set today - she did well to come back, but she doesn't want to be in point of no return too many more times. Blinkova must currently be highest ranked following her French Open run (she is, as she's the only seed left), but she's had a modest grass period thus far (was here for Surbiton as well). I thought VCR would be a grass mug, but she has come through quals, beat Wang Xiyu and dispatched Manchester champ Linette today. Babos and Niculescu are seasoned slam entrants.
I went for Blinkova.