1. Serena Williams will Lose Before the Semifinal –
While she is far and away the highest ranked woman in the WTA Rankings, and despite the fact that she has lifted several minor tournament titles this year, 2014 has simply not been the best display for Williams at Grand Slam events. She lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open and in the second round of the French Open. While she has won this tournament 5 times, I doubt she will go far this time.
2. Milos Raonic Will Reach the Semifinals – While he has yet to go past the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament, Raonic has been getting better and better over the past 12 months. He even beat Andy Murray in the BNP Paribas Open! While he is still young, he is blossoming into a great Canadian tennis star and it’s just a matter of time before he begins contending at major tournaments.
3. Rafael Nadal Will Be Beaten by Novak Djokovic – While the pair happen to be ranked one and two in the ATP Rankings, this would likely mean another Grand Slam final between them. One of the most enjoyable rivalries in tennis at the moment, I suspect Djokovic would love to avenge his French Open final defeat to Nadal by winning Wimbledon. While the stars would have to align, I sense this happening would be a very real possibility.
4. Andy Murray Will Not Defend His Wimbledon Crown – Ever since winning the event last year, Murray has simply not been the same player. He looks lazy, uninspired, and he even fired his coach! While the home crowd could beckon him far in this tournament, I don’t think he currently has the merit to produce on this stage. While he is still young and will eventually turn his career right again, he needs to learn how to handle success better.
5. Sloane Stephens Will Make America Proud – Despite the fact that she hasn’t made her mark yet, Stephens has been winning most of her matches at Grand Slams and usually reaches the fourth round or beyond. All she needs to do now is upset a major contender and her confidence will blossom. While I am certain it will happen at some time for the young American, the question remains; will this upcoming tournament be her big moment?
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