Wimbledon 2012: TK's Picks Day 3
It was another great day at Wimbledon on Tuesday. There weren't many upsets, but there were plenty of quality matches. The length of the matches along with a little rain forced some of the matches to be moved to Wednesday. That means it should be an even more exciting day Wednesday, as the second round kicks off.
I'm currently 11-6 with my picks, not the kind of start I was hoping for, but I will try to do much better with my picks for day 3, so here they are.
Kim Clijsters vs. Andrea Hlavackova: Clijsters looked impressive in beating Jelena Jankovic in the first round. I see no reason why she would have a problem with Hlavackova.
Winner: Clijsters in two sets
No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Ryan Harrison: Harrison could put up a fight against Djokovic. Harrison has had some close matches against some of the top players in the world. However, he always ends up on the losing end.
Winner: Djokovic in three sets
No. 1 Maria Sharapova vs. Tsvetana Pironkova: Pironkova has played her best tennis at Wimbledon the last two years, reaching the semifinals and quarterfinals. She knocked off Venus Williams both years, but Sharapova is the best player in the world and she's playing like it.
Winner: Sharapova in two sets
Xavier Malisse vs. No. 13 Gilles Simon: Malisse is tough on grass, and it's not Simon's favorite surface. There could be an upset here, but I'm going to give the Frenchman the slight edge.
Winner: Simon in five sets
No. 3 Aggie Radwanska vs. Elena Vesnina: Vesnina just beat Venus Williams, and is sure to be on a high. She's a good doubles player and grass-court player. Grass isn't Radwanska's best surface, so this could be a tricky match, but I still like the World No. 3 to come through.
Winner: Radwanska in two sets
No. 11 Li Na vs. Sorona Cirstea: Na didn't do as well as many thought she would at the French Open this year, but I think she could make up for that at Wimbledon. She's had some good grass-court results in the past.
Winner: Na in two sets
No. 23 Petra Cetkovska vs. Sloane Stephens: Stephens, in my opinion, is the best of the upcoming Americans. She was the last American woman standing in Paris, and she could be at Wimbledon as well.
Winner: Stephens in three sets
Benjamin Becker vs. No. 28 Radek Stepanek: Stepanek is one of the few serve-and-volleyers left in the game. Becker has a solid serve, but I think Stepanek's ability at the net will be too much for the German.
Winner: Stepanek in four sets
No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic vs. Ryan Sweeting: Can the American upset Tipsarevic? He certainly can, and he seems to have some of his best results come on grass. Tisparevic is playing well, and I think he will have a too much for Sweeting.
Winner: Tipsarevic in four sets
Jeremy Chardy vs. No. 15 Juan Monaco: This should be great battle. Monaco is not the best on grass, and I think Chardy has a real chance for the upset. I think it will go down to the wire, but I'll take the higher-ranked player.
Winner: Monaco in five sets
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