Wimbledon 2012: TK's Picks for Day 2
It was a great start to Wimbledon. There were plenty of great matches, a few expected blowouts and even some upsets.
I managed to go 7-2 on my first day of picks, and hopefully I can do even better on Day 2.
Here's a look at Tuesday's matches:
No. 4 Andy Murray vs. Nikolay Davydenko: This could be a thriller if Davydenko is on his game. Murray has struggled much of the year. However, this is Wimbledon, and I think it brings out the best in Murray.
Winner: Murray in three sets
No. 6 Serena Williams vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova: After sister Venus' loss, could Serena be next? This could be a difficult match as Strycova has a tricky game. Could Serena really lose two first-rounders in a row? No.
Winner: Williams in two sets
No. 7 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Tamira Paszek: Wozniacki has not been playing well all year, and Paszek is coming off a tournament title last week. Paszek also did very well here last year. I smell an upset.
Winner: Paszek in three sets
Laura Robson vs. No. 24 Francesca Schiavone: It's hard to believe Schiavone has dropped all the way to 24th. She has not been on top of her game all year. Robson can be up and down, but the British crowd will certainly help her out. Go with the veteran in a close one.
Winner: Schiavone in three sets
No. 32 Kevin Anderson vs. Grigor Dimitrov: The big-server against the talented up-and-comer. Dimitrov had a great match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga here last year, and he seems to play well on grass.
Winner: Dimitrov in five sets
Alex Bogomolov Jr. vs. No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov: This should be a dogfight between Bog and Dog. Both can be very streaky, so I expect a very streaky, wild and crazy match. It seems like Bogomolov has been playing better in slams over the last year.
Winner: Bogomolov in five sets
Jurgen Melzer vs. No. 25 Stan Wawrinka: This should be a very close match. It's hard to believe Melzer has dropped out of the top 32. This is a very difficult first-round match for both players. I think it's a toss-up, but I'll give Wawrinka the slight edge since he seems to play so many five-setters in slams.
Winner: Wawrinka in five sets
Yanina Wickmayer vs. No. 32 Svetlana Kuznetsova: Kutznetsova almost didn't make it in as a seed. Wickmayer, with her big serve, can be a very dangerous opponent. Kuznetsova seemed to be playing better in France, so I'll give her the slight edge.
Winner: Kuznetsova in three sets
No. 27 Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. Tommy Haas: One of these Germans is going home early. They both seem to be playing well, but Haas has always been strong on the grass.
Winner: Haas in five sets
No. 13 Dominika Cibulkova vs. Klara Zakopalova: Don't look now but the little dynamo Cibulkova is closing in on the top 10. She has a chance to keep her ranking moving up with a really good performance here. Last year she made the quarters.
Winner: Cibulkova in two sets
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