The stunning upsets have continued a Wimbledon 2013, claiming the championship hopes of Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens, and several other highly ranked Wimbledon hopefuls. With the ladies’ semifinals round set to be played tomorrow, and with the final round coming up on Saturday, the path looks amazingly clear for 4th ranked Polish tennis player, Agnieszka Radwanska. She is the single top-ranked player that has navigated the field up to this point. Though, based on what has already enfolded at this Wimbledon Championships, a first ever Grand Slam win for the player is hardly a certainty.
Radwanska has been here before. Last year, she made a statement by reaching Wimbledon’s final round before succumbing to the force of power that is Serena Williams. Whereas Williams’ greatest asset is her strength, Radwanska is known as more of an artist, with smart shots and particularly strong crouching shot.
Last year’s final appearance was a Grand Slam first for Radwanska. She has historically stumbled in the quarterfinal round of major tournaments, as she did in both the Australian Open and French Open this year.
The remaining field includes Sabine Lisicki, Marion Bartoli, and Kirsten Flipkens. None has won a Grand Slam, so this final run of matches will be a true test of who wants it the most. Bartoli looks the strongest challenger and is a ferocious player. However, based on rankings, Radwanska must be considered the heavy favorite to win Wimbledon. Additionally, her 7-0 record over Bartoli suggests a dominant history between the pair.
It will be a thrill to see which lady can take home the ultimate prize in singles’ tennis, but I do expect Radwanksa to win Wimbledon 2013 in a 3-set final match with Bartoli.
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