Wimbledon has often been a place of awakening for tennis stars when they make dramatic runs to the championship and become known to the tennis world at large. Although recent times have seen dominance by the favorites at England’s most prestigious tennis tournament, every competitor has their eyes on Wimbledon glory. Here are 5 current players who could buck the trend and stun the tennis world at Wimbledon this year:
1. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Ranked 8th in the world, Tsonga has been edging closer and closer to a title, having reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon in both 2011 and 2012. Although the top tier of players like Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic typically have their way with him, a strong run of upsets could see Tsonga stun the world at Wimbledon this year.
2. Sloane Stephens – The young 20 year-old is waiting to have a breakout tournament and already hinted at the possibility with her 2013 Australian Open semi-final run that featured a stunning victory over world number 1, Serena Williams. The 17th ranked player has had decent runs in recent tournaments and surely could be a star player by year’s end with a Grand Slam victory.
3. John Isner – Ranked 21st in the world, Isner is rather inconsistent and has only once reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. But with several career victories over Federer and Djokovic, Isner has proven his capabilities. Could he make a strong Wimbledon run?
4. Angelique Kerber – The German is ranked 8th worldwide and has reached the later stages of several tournaments in the past 18 months. Improving year after year, Kerber is ready to seize upon a title like Wimbledon.
5. David Ferrer – Never able to crack into that premier group of male tennis stars, Ferrer is ranked 5th and has been playing his best tennis at an older age. Having reached several Grand Slam semi-finals in the past year, Ferrer will be desperate for a major victory in a tournament like Wimbledon.
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