Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wimbledon 2009 – The slacker’s guide to who might win

Rafael NadalMen:
Nadal should be the clear favourite but he’s out (probably due to being snubbed as top seed although he apparently has sore knees too) leaving Federer as the one to beat though the local press will no doubt install Murray as favourite. Meanwhile the promised Djokovic breakthrough never happened leaving him fourth out of the big four who could conceivably win a tournament like this.

Del Petro is due to win one of these but is more likely to do so on a hard court. This is Federer’s to lose, but can Murray step up?

Del Potro’s Quarter
Seeds: Tursunov, Stepanek, Berdych, Roddick, Davydenko, Melzer, Ferrer
Players to watch: Hewitt, Clement, Chardy, Fognini, Starace
Winner: Del Potro

Murray’s Quarter
Seeds: Wawrinka, Simon, Safin, F Gonzalez, Kiefer
Players to watch: Dent, Gulbis, Fererro, Santoro
Winner: Murray

Djokovic’s Quarter
Seeds: Blake, Haas, Andreev, Cilic, Robredo, Fish, Schuettler
Players to watch: Querrey, Tipsarevic, Benneteau, Sela, Ljubicic, Seppi
Winner: Djokovic

Federer’s Quarter
Seeds: Verdasco, Karlovic, Tsonga, Soderling, Kohlschreiber, Lopez, Montanes
Players to watch: Canas, Bolelli, Beck, Darcis, Dancevic
Winner: Federer

Final: Murray vs Federer

Winner: Roger Federer

Williams sisters wimbledon partyWomen:
Wimbledon is Venus William’s tournament but she always looks a shaky pick, yet still glides through the draw. Sharapova’s back but still toughing it out. Serena Williams will threaten but hasn’t been dangerous for a while. Jankovic and Ivanovic both have problems and may fall early. Dementieva has the easiest quarter but is in worrying form. Russians Kuznetsova and Safina haven’t done much here and probably won’t this year either. Wozniacki may well be in position for her final breakthrough if she can get past Venus.

Safina’s Quarter
Seeds: Szavay, Mauresmo, Wozniacki, Pennetta, Chakvetadze, AMG, Kuznetsova
Players to watch: Vaidisova, A Bondarenko, Baltacha, Kirilenko, Garbin, Keothavong, Lisicki, Mayr
Winner: Wozniacki

Venus Williams’ Quarter
Seeds: Jankovic, Suarez Navarro, Stosur, Ivanovic, A Radwanska, Li Na
Players to watch: Voegele, Dokic, Errani, Glatch, Oudin, Perebiynis, O’ Brien, Benesova, Goerges, Makarova
Winner: Venus

Dementieva’s Quarter
Seeds: Zvonareva, Cibulkova, Razzano, Bartoli, Cornet, Kleybanova
Players to watch: Johansson, Pironkova, Larcher De Brito, Zakopalova, Chan, Coin, Wickmayer, Karatantcheva, Sprem, Kulikova, Rezai, U Radwanska, Vesnina
Winner: Dementieva

Serena Williams’ Quarter
Seeds: Azarenka, Cirstea, Sharapova, Petrova, Zheng, Pavlyuchenkova
Players to watch: Olaru, Kutuzova, Tanasugarn, Hantuchova, Robson, Rybarikova, Groth, Bremond, Mirza
Winner: Sharapova

Final: Wozniacki vs Sharapova

Winner: Caroline Wozniacki

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