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So far, this year’s Wimbledon doesn’t come with much surprise. There were only a few upsets in the first week of tournament: Robin Soderling’s loss to a young Australian, Bernard Tomic, and the 2011 French Open Champion, Na Li being defeated by Sabine Lisicki.
PS: I don’t consider Roddick’s loss an upset because he has not done so well lately in the Grand Slams.
I have to admit that the women’s game is gaining quality. Looking at the draw, I see possibility of a new champion being crowned. True, as I said before, you cannot count the Williams Sisters out. Instead, what I’m positive about is even if both of them go through to the final round, they would face tough challenges on the way. On the top draw, not only I see Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova, there is also Sabine Lisicki – who according to my dad, is a “dark horse” and can pose thread to Serena’s run. Why? She consistently serves extremely fast, at about 123 mph, possesses good movement, and is now packed with confidence. If Sharapova meets Wozniacki in the quarterfinals, I see Wozniacki coming off with a slight edge, though should be a close game. Can Sharapova win that matchup? Sure, if she brings her A game, play good defense, and of course, serving well. As for Serena’s section, I would really love to see her play against Liciski in the quarterfinals. With this many good players, it’s simply hard to predict who will come out as a finalist from the top draw.
Now, in the bottom draw, there are Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, and Petra Kvitova who are the main contenders. Though I have not seen Kvitova plays that many times, from what I see she is able to hit the ball hard and flat. If both Venus and Kvitova win in the round of 16, they will meet in the quarterfinals. From what I heard from a few tennis experts, they all said that Venus looks the best so far. We’ll see.
On the Men’s side, the great Roger Federer should go all the way to at least the Semi where he could potentially meet Novak Djokovic. Personally, it feels as if this is a guaranteed since both players are playing great and should be able to knock off their opponents in the next two rounds. Rafael Nadal, on the other hand, will face Juan Martin del Potro in the round of 16 which certainly, isn’t an easy task. Whoever this one goes to, I don’t see the match being won in 3 sets. It should be a close match. If Nadal can go through del Potro, the rest shouldn’t be too hard for him, not until he gets to the final.
This second week should be packed with good quality actions. I do hope for a new winner, for both Men’s and Women’s, even though I am a big fan of Nadal and Sharapova. The truth is, it’s a little harder on the Men’s side where you got Federer. If you ask me, I don’t think there’s going to be a rematch of Serena and Venus in the final. But how about one sister? Maybe.