Wimbledon 2012: Americans Still in the Hunt for Week 2
As the second week of The Championships, Wimbledon is about to commence, there are still Americans alive, contending for the Wimbledon title in both the gentlemen's and ladies' draws. And there are some doubles' teams representing the U.S.A. still alive for Wimbledon championships.
Andy Roddick and Sam Querrey were both eliminated in the third round Saturday. If both had won, the Americans would have had four representatives in the fourth round of the gentlemen's draw at Wimbledon.
For a country which pretty much dominated the championships for much of the 70s, 80s and 90s, it has been rough sledding for much of the past decade. But in 2012, there remain a number of players who could represent the country with Wimbledon titles.
Bob and Mike Bryan's Doubles Team
Bob and Mike Bryan are natives of Camarillo, CA where I have spent much of my life (I recently found out The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco is also a native Camarilloan, too), so I am a bit partial to them.
For years, they've been one of the best doubles teams in the game of tennis. They continue to play well to this day. The second-seeded brother duo is headed to the third round to play the French team of Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra.
Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram's Doubles Team
Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram are unseeded doubles' team that is still alive at Wimbledon. They are making the U.S. quite proud.
Their next match is against a much more well-known pairing in Australia's Chris Guccione and Lleyton Hewitt in the third round.
James Cerretani Paired with Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin
James Cerretani is in a mixed-country doubles team with Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Together the two are here in the third round after a five-set win over star-of-the-tournament Lukas Rosol and his partner Mikhail Kukushkin.
The two will face David Marrero and Andreas Seppi in the third round.
Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond's Doubles Team
Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond are presently the women's No. 1 doubles team in the world.
They outlasted Casey Dellacqua and Sam Stosur, winning the final two sets after dropping a tough first set.
The two will play Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Petra Martic in the third round of the ladies draw.
Serena and Venus Williams' Doubles Team
The two won their first match easily, winning 6-0, 6-3 over Vesna Dolonc and Olga Savchuk.
If they are able to win their second-round match, they will face up with a team featuring American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears
Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones are the 10th-seeded team in the ladies doubles draw at Wimbledon. They defeated Liga Dekmejere and fellow American Varvara Lepchenko 6-3, 7-6 in their second-round matchup.
In the third round, they will face Russians Yaroslava Shvedova and Galina Voskoboeva.
No. 6 Serena Williams
After her long, intense and overwhelming victory over Jie Zheng with multiple tiebreaker victories, Serena Williams maintained her grasp on her spot in the Wimbledon ladies draw.
She will take on Yaroslava Shvedova in the fourth round.
Brian Baker is an unranked American tennis player still alive at Wimbledon. His third-round, four-set victory over Frenchman Benoit Paire came to him pretty easily.
In the fourth round, he's set to take on the 27th-seeded German Phillip Kohlschreiber.
If Baker can win that match, he could face fellow American Mardy Fish in a quarterfinals match in the middle of the week.
No. 10 Mardy Fish
No. 10 Mardy Fish is preparing to match up with the No. 5 seed in the tournament Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round.
It took Fish five tough sets to get past Britain's James Ward in the second round followed by a difficult (as can be for three sets) three-set victory over David Goffin.
If he can win, he could play fellow American Brian Baker in the quarterfinals. Either way, it's guaranteed that, after those quarterfinals, there will only be one American remaining in the gentlemen's draw (if there are any).
It's clear that the doubles bracket remains the best bets for Americans to take home Wimbledon titles. Either way, though, there are plenty of Americans with opportunities to win Wimbledon as we head into the tournament's second week.
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