Maria Sharapova: Previewing Her Potential Wimbledon Foes

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2012

Maria Sharapova: Previewing Her Potential Wimbledon Foes

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    With female tennis star Maria Sharapova completing her career Grand Slam with a huge win at the 2012 French Open, it’s time for the World’s No. 1 to look forward to the chances of winning at Wimbledon again.

    Sharapova hasn’t won on the grasses of Wimbledon since taking the tournament in 2006, but there hasn’t since been a time in the 25-year-old’s career when she was playing this well. With momentum on her side, the Russian star will slash through her competition.

    While there is no question that she is the hottest commodity in women’s tennis right now, there are a cast of characters that are looking to put a stop to Sharapova’s fairy tale run.

    All of the following players have the ability and mental fortitude to take down Sharapova, but their road ahead will be tough. This women’s bracket has the potential to give the more talked-about men’s bracket a run for their money!

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Serena Williams

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    While there is no surprise when Serena Williams is successful at Wimbledon, the 12-time participant hasn’t been playing her best tennis lately.

    As much as the veteran has struggled, her four wins on this court prove she can still be a threat to go the distance.

    Two wins and a 27-3 record on the year look great for most tennis players, but the fans expect so much more from the American legend.

    The best way to prove that she has been getting healthy again would be to steal the show at Wimbledon.

Agnieszka Radwanska

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    While a 38-9 record this season doesn’t look all that impressive, do not underestimate the 23-year-old Agnieszka Radwanska. The Polish sensation already has three tournament wins in 2012.

    Despite the fact that Radwanska is so young, this is already her sixth Wimbledon.

    It’s true that she has never won a Grand Slam event before, but Radwanska has finished better each season and there is no reason to believe she won’t do the same this year.

Kim Clijsters

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    Despite injuries that have cost her portions of 2011 and 2012, there is no doubting the pure skill that a veteran like Kim Clijsters brings to the table in every tournament she enters.

    Clijsters has never made it out of the semifinals of Wimbledon, but her all-around skill will give her the chance to get the monkey off her back this time.

    With a strong serve, Clijsters is the type of player that could give Sharapova trouble.

Victoria Azarenka

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    World No. 2 Victoria Azarenka comes into Wimbledon on a bit of a bad stretch. In her last four tournaments, she has lost in two finals and was bounced early in the other two.

    With a chip on her shoulder, the young Belarus native has won four tournaments on the year, and beat Sharapova in two of them.

    Add in her impressive 38-4 record in 2012, and Azarenka is a serious contender to send the No. 1 home early.

Petra Kvitova

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    While 2012 has not been kind to young tennis sensation Petra Kvitova, what better place to start over again than the green grass of Wimbledon?

    Kvitova has the talent to upset the field, and her No. 4 world ranking proves that.

    We can’t forget that the 22-year-old is the defending Wimbledon champion and has no fear on the courts of the tournament.

    If she can get hot in the early stages of the tourney, there is little doubt that she will be in contention for back-to-back titles.