Wimbledon 2012: Analyzing Most Polarizing Players in the Tournament

Dan Renfro@danrenfroCorrespondent IIIJune 26, 2012

Wimbledon 2012: Analyzing Most Polarizing Players in the Tournament

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    There are 128 players on each side of Wimbledon singles, but everyone is watching a select few.

    The most polarizing players at the tournament are usually the favorites, but that isn't always the case. Regardless, everyone will find a way to watch these individuals play. Legends are created at Wimbledon, but players need to be at the top of their game.

    Some of these players enter Wimbledon on high notes, others are on low notes and others are somewhere in between. Whatever the case, be sure to pay attention to these 10 players.

Serena Williams

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    Serena Williams is primed for another Grand Slam disappointment.

    Since winning 2010 Wimbledon, Williams has only made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam once. Granted, she was hurt for an extended period of time, but that's still an embarrassing stretch of her career.

    She usually plays well at Wimbledon, but her struggles might resurface. She won't lose as early as she did in the French Open, but she will be knocked out before the quarterfinals.

David Ferrer

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    David Ferrer is one of the best active players to never win a Grand Slam.

    With that said, there's a reason he's never won a Grand Slam.

    He's a very good player, but he simply can't beat multiple top-three players en route to a title. It's simply too tough.

    He'll have another solid showing at Wimbledon, but a semifinals appearance is the best he can hope for.

Caroline Wozniacki

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    Caroline Wozniacki has struggled at Wimbledon, but that's going to stop this year.

    She was the world's No. 1 player less than two years ago, but she's struggled in major tournaments since then. She still has never won a Grand Slam, but she's come close.

    Unfortunately for her, she's never come close at Wimbledon. She's been ousted in the fourth round three consecutive years, and she's never gotten further.

    This year, however, could be different. After five straight early exits, Wozniacki is ready to turn it around and win her first Grand Slam. Either that, or she'll disappoint once again by being knocked out in the fourth round.

Andy Murray

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    Andy Murray is ready for a breakthrough.

    It seems like that is said every year at Wimbledon. Every year, he falls short. To all the Murray lovers, he has never even made a final at the All England Club.

    That doesn't sound like somebody ready for a breakthrough.

    At some point in his career, Murray will find that breakthrough. Just don't expect it to be this year.

Maria Sharapova

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    Maria Sharapova is the No. 1 seed on the women's side, but she isn't necessarily the favorite.

    She's at the top of the tennis world, but there's simply too much parity for her to stay there. She's only reached the Wimbledon final twice in her career, and she did it seven years apart.

    She's one of the best players in the world, but it will be tough for her to win consecutive Grand Slams. She could make a deep run in the tournament, but don't expect her to win it.

Rafael Nadal

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    Rafael Nadal is coming off his seventh career French Open title.

    Nadal is incredible on clay, but he's had a fair share of struggles on grass. Still, let's not forget that he won Wimbledon two years ago, and he absolutely dominated Novak Djokovic in the French Open final.

    Nadal is playing some of his best tennis right now, and he's the biggest threat to Djokovic. If he plays well, Nadal could be hoisting his third career Wimbledon trophy.

Petra Kvitova

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    Petra Kvitova is the defending champion at the All England Club, and she's ready for a memorable title defense.

    Last year's win is still her only career Grand Slam final. She's made two semifinal appearances this year, but she lost both of them. Still, things should turn around for her on grass.

    Kvitova is ready to defend her title, and she has a very good chance of being successful.

Roger Federer

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    Roger Federer is in the hunt for his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title.

    Unfortunately, he hasn't shown any signs of actually winning it.

    Federer has been the clear-cut third-best player in the world for more than two years now, and he's still in that position. At this point, it would be an upset if he won another Grand Slam.

    While you shouldn't count on Federer to win Wimbledon, never bet against Fed-Ex at the All England Club. He's always eligible for a throwback performance and a final victory at his favorite courts.

Victoria Azarenka

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    Victoria Azarenka looked to be taking the tennis world by storm after her dominant performance in the Australian Open final.

    Unfortunately, she took a step back at the French Open. Now she'll be ready to reclaim her No. 1 ranking. Azarenka is a great player, and she's ready to be known as the world's best.

    She'll need to play incredibly well, but she's more than capable of winning her second Grand Slam of the year.

Novak Djokovic

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    Novak Djokovic is the best player in the world.

    If you eliminate his two losses at the French Open, Djoker has won four straight Grand Slams. Clay is his toughest opponent, and (obviously) Wimbledon isn't played on clay.

    That bodes well for Djokovic.

    He's the defending champion at the All England Club, and even though he lost the last Grand Slam, he's the favorite heading into this one. He should make the final, and I would bet that he wins it.