With the tennis season in full swing, The Wimbledon Tennis Championshipsare almost upon us yet again and looks to provide one of the closest and most open tournaments in years.
Last year’s champion Andy Murray has slipped in the rankings after an extensive period out after back surgery. He requires a strong performance in order to retain his place in the top 8 if he hopes to qualify for the ATP World Finals later this year.
The men’s draw appears fairly open. Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka suffered shock defeats at Roland Garros whilst Murray, Nadal and Djokovic all performed strongly after returning recently from various medical issues. Men’s tennis has shown a surge in recent years where all of these players will have a great chance at mounting a charge for the title. Watch out too for grass court specialists Milos Raonic and Lleyton Hewitt.
James Ward will look to impress again after a strong performance in qualifying for the French Open, the first Brit to do so since John Lloyd in 1973. He then stole a set from the top 20 player Tommy Robredo. Ward enjoys the grass court season and prospered in the 2011 AEGON championships where he reached the semi-finals. He hopes to progress through a couple of rounds at Wimbledon this year and cement his position as British number 2 over rival Dan Evans.
The women’s side should also provide some excellent viewing. Roland Garros served up an array of upsets with all top 3 seeds out before the quarter finals. However, Serena Williams will still be pencilled in as favourite as she looks to win her 6th title at SW19. Her main challengers may come from outside the top 5 in former Wimbledon winners Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova.
Wimbledon sets poised again for another stellar championships. Debenture holders will be praying for fine weather and have their fingers crossed along with the rest of the country for another British victory.
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