The grand tournament of Wimbledon begins tomorrow, and with it comes all the excitement and drama that encapsulates a professional Grand Slam tournament. Questions abound: Will Serena Williams continue her quest for a Golden Slam? Will Roger Federer or Andy Murray be able to repeat on past Wimbledon glory? Or will one of the highly rated newcomers like Kei Nishikori or Milos Raonic finally get a first Major title?
Let’s begin with the true American superstar of Serena Williams. Surprisingly, this is the first time in her illustrious career that she has taken the first two Grand Slam titles of the year, and so it is her first real shot at equaling the tremendous Golden Slam feat of Steffi Graf in 1988. It would cement her legacy as perhaps the greatest tennis player of all time. However, she is playing down the magnitude of it, and perhaps is trying to avoid the inevitable pressure cooker that is sure to build. For this year’s Wimbledon, there’s no doubt she’s the best. But the problem with Serena has never been talent; it’s been health. Let’s all cross our fingers that she can avoid injury and compete at the top level. Despite a tricky draw that likely includes sister Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka before the final, I have full confidence in Serena to claim a 6th Wimbledon title.
For the men it’s certainly a bit more competitive, though top ranked Novak Djokovic is the true favorite. He’s been boosted by a gracious draw that will see him avoid each of the other “Big 4” members until the final. Though he could face French Open champ Stanislas Wawrinka for a rematch in the semifinals as well as Japanese youngster Nishikori in the quarterfinals, I’d still put my money of Djokovic to reach the final.
British hero Andy Murray meanwhile got the tougher end of the draw. He’s likely to face Nadal in the quarters (though I doubt the Spaniard will even get that far given his atrocious year) and Federer in the semis. Even earlier he could face 12th ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a semifinalist at the French Open. Certainly the path for Murray is challenging indeed for him to grab a second Wimbledon title. Meanwhile, Federer remains a popular candidate, though at his age it’s anyone’s guess how he’ll perform.
But as much as the draw is discussed, it often means very little. Let’s face it, the best player will overcome all the obstacles to claim the championship. That’s how tournaments work. Therefore, it’s only reasonable to suspect Serena Williams takes the Ladies’ tournament while the Gentlemen’s final will be between Murray and Djokovic, with “The Joker” coming away with the spoils. However it pans out, the excitement of Wimbledon will be a joy to behold. Check Championship Tennis Tours for last minute Wimbledon tickets!
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