Wimbledon 2012: Stars Who Need Impressive Performances to Redeem Themselves
Serena Williams' opening round loss at the French Open was the worst of her career, and she is now looking for an impressive showing at Wimbledon to redeem herself. However, Williams isn't the only star who needs to play well in London after struggling in Paris.
A disappointing performance is a bitter pill to swallow, and these players can either move on and look to improve, or dwell on their poor performances at Roland Garros and continue that trend at Wimbledon.
These five stars are the ones who need to impress at Wimbledon the most after pitiful showings at the French Open.
Caroline Wozniacki's path to the quarterfinals looked like one of the easiest in the field after Serena Williams fell in the first round.
However, she lost in the third round to Kaia Kanepi. The No. 9 player in the world should have gone much further than just the third round, but she faltered and was ousted by Kanepi.
The 21-year-old looks to impress at Wimbledon after a poor showing at the French Open, and there is reason to believe that she will do so.
Wozniacki has found success on the grass courts of Wimbledon, making it to the fourth round in three straight tournaments.
She is still young and constantly improving, but finding success in three straight events at Wimbledon bodes well for Wozniacki.
Look for her to impress in Wimbledon, and perhaps make it further than she ever has in London.
Andy Roddick is a 29-year-old veteran, but he failed to win a single match in the French Open.
After being ousted in the first round by Nicolas Mahut, Roddick competed in the AEGON International, an event which he won after defeating Andreas Seppi in straight sets in the finals.
He has been all over the place in the last few weeks, and it will be interesting to see which Andy Roddick shows up in London.
He has had previous success at Wimbledon, reaching the finals in three different years (2004, 2005 and 2009). However, he has never won the event.
Roddick always seems to struggle at the French, with the farthest he's ever gone being the fourth round in 2009. This makes me believe that he will be able to redeem himself in London, on the grass courts that have been so kind to him.
Victoria Azarenka had a difficult time at the French Open, to say the least. She struggled in the first round, and finally fell to Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets in the fourth round.
Azarenka recently lost her No. 1 ranking to Maria Sharapova, who completed her career Grand Slam after winning the French Open. However, Wimbledon gives her a great opportunity to take it back.
While she has never won the event, she reached the semifinals in 2011 and is 15-6 in her career at Wimbledon.
Azarenka looks to improve upon her 10-1 record in slam events this year, and she has a good chance of doing so at Wimbledon.
It's hard to say that the world's No. 1 struggled at an event where he made it to the finals and lost in four sets to the best player on clay in history. However, there is definitely room for improvement.
The Djoker started off well, winning his first three matches in straight sets. However, he struggled in the fourth round and the quarterfinals.
In the fourth round he fell behind Andreas Seppi, losing the first two sets and being put to the brink of elimination. He battled back to win in five sets, but it was a poor showing for Djokovic.
In the quarterfinals against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Djokovic won the first set but then lost the second and third sets to face elimination once again. As in the fourth round, he fought back and eventually won the match, but came close to being defeated in two straight matches.
Djokovic doesn't play his best on clay, and the French Open is the only Grand Slam event that he has never won. However, he has won at Wimbledon before, just last year.
The Djoker looks to make it two straight championships in London, and I fully expect him to do so.
As I said before, Serena Williams' loss in the first round of the French Open to Virginie Razzano was the first time that she has ever lost in the first round of a Grand Slam event.
Williams was once the best player in the world, but she has struggled in recent Grand Slams. She hasn't won a slam event since 2010, and the last one was at Wimbledon.
Williams is used to struggling at the French only to comeback stronger than ever at Wimbledon, and she will look to win the event this year.
Serena is looking to win her fifth championship at Wimbledon, and that would certainly make up for her horrendous showing at Roland Garros.