As I have done for the other two Grand Slams, I am offering a thread for your predictions while also giving mine as well for one of my favorite slams, Wimbledon. It has left us some great finals over the years, particularly on the men's side, but will there be a shocking upset like at the French Open? Will we finally have a non Serena-Venus final at Wimbledon?
Let's start with the ladies' side:
The number one woman Serena Williams won this title a year ago. However, just like the French Open, she faces a tough draw with a couple of major champions. She could face Sharapova in the 4th round and the ever so quiet Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals. I have her facing Sam Stosur in the semifinals. Even though Stosur's best surface is not on the grass, she can take advantage of some players that don't play well in majors on a consistent basis such as Victoria Azarenka, Zheng Jie, and even Caroline Wozniacki. Wozniacki is capable of winning a Slam, but she showed at the French Open, she can have one great match and then come out flat against Schiavone or against Li Na at the Australian Open. I have been on the Wozniacki bandwagon, but I am getting off at the nearest stop for this grand slam.
On the other side, I like Justine Henin to beat Kim Clijsters in the 4th round. Both are capable of taking this title away from the Williams sisters, but Clijsters is coming off an injury herself and this comeback might be tougher than her retirement just because of the physical ailment she has to deal with. Henin would like to win a Wimbledon and I think she makes the semifinal here even with Melanie Oudin on this side of the draw. Melanie has struggled in the last two slams, but she did play well here a year ago. I like Venus to make the semifinals as well because her draw is fairly simple. Her main competition could come against Schiavone in the quarterfinals, but I like Venus to make the semifinals with the surprising withdrawl of Dinara Safina.
Semifinals: Serena over Stosur, Venus over Henin
Final: Serena over Venus
Now, to the Gentlemen's Side:
The major storyline is what has been mentioned on the tennis board and that was the abundance of upsets at Queen's Club a couple of weeks ago. However, I like most of the top men to go fairly deep into this major. My four semifinalists are Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal. Federer owns the grass courts at Wimbledon and has a beatable draw with the only possible threat being Tomas Berdych at the quarterfinals. On the bracket I did, I have him facing Feliciano Lopez in round 4. I like Lopez to go far because I liked the result he had against Nadal in one of the tune up tournaments and it seems he is ready to make a run here. I've seen people pick Lleyton Hewitt to go to the semifinals and even people picked him to beat Fed in the final, however I like Andy Roddick to make the semifinals here. Andy's game suits this grass court surface and he beat Hewitt in a 5 setter last year. Hewitt will battle for every point, but Andy's serve total should be enough in that match.
In the other half of the draw, I like Andy Murray because I feel some of the pressure could be placed off him if England can advance in the World Cup. That should take some of the attention off the Scot who has a very capable draw with Tsonga, Verdasco, and again I think Sam Querrey can make a run in this tournament. Eventually, I have to be right on Querrey, including picking him to upset Juan Carlos Ferrero. Murray however has a great chance in this tournament, but is he ready to take down the other top players? Murray goes through to take on yes, Rafael Nadal. Rafa has a tough draw for the number one player in the world, possibly facing John Isner in Round 3, then Youzhny and Soderling, who is not his best on the grass surface. So, Nadal marches on here.
Semifnals: Nadal over Murray
Upset: Roddick over Federer - This is Andy's time to pull the upset of Federer. He showed his guts and grit last year in the 5 set final last year and if you are Roddick, this might be the last chance he has to take down Fed at Wimbledon. He has the serve, groundstrokes, and the confidence from his coach Larry Stefanki to make the final again. Roddick in 5 sets.
Final: Nadal over Roddick - Andy runs out of gas in the end as Rafa is able to take back the Wimbledon crown from 2008.
Well, hoped you enjoy the read and the tennis. Let the debate begin !