Wimbledon 2012 is beginning to wind down. As the men compete in the quarterfinals today, the women are waiting for their turn to play.
The women’s semifinals feature four players inside the Top 10 in the world, which means the rest of the tournament should be highly contested and incredibly intense.
Here are predictions for both the semifinals and the final:
Even though this is the less anticipated semifinal, Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska are sure to have a compelling match.
Kerber comes into the match as the No. 8 player is the world and is one of the rising stars in the world of women’s tennis. Kerber reaches the final after knocking off Kim Clijsters in straight sets in the quarterfinals.
Agnieszka Radwanska is ranked No. 3 in the world, but she is entering uncharted waters as she reaches her first Wimbledon semifinal after defeating Maria Kirilenko in three sets.
Prediction: Radwanska in straight sets.
Both of these women are fairly inexperienced and should show some early match nerves during the first set. Radwanska has a lot riding on this match, and I expect her to win in three sets. She has the chance to become the No. 1 player in the world after Maria Sharapova was ousted in the fourth round. This, combined with her hunger to win her first Gran Slam title, will overpower the fight given by Kerber.
This semifinal will have the feel of a Wimbledon final, as the two women who are playing the best tennis in the tournament will fight for a berth in the final.
Victoria Azarenka, who lost her No. 1 ranking to Maria Sharapova after the French Open, is looking to get back on track with a win at Wimbledon. She comes into the match after a fairly simple tournament. She defeated Tamira Paszek in straight sets in her quarterfinal match. Azarenka has yet to drop a set at Wimbledon, but this match will be a much different fight.
Serena Williams finds herself playing the best tennis of anyone left in the Wimbledon field. Williams comes into the semifinals ranked No. 6 in the world, and after a first-round exit at the French Open, she looks like she has regained her dominate form. She beat the defending Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova, in straight sets to advance to the finals.
Prediction: Williams in three sets.
Serena Williams is just playing too well to pick against her. This match will be much better than the final as two of the most athletic players in the world meet. Who knows what happened at the French, but Williams has figured it out at Wimbledon. She looks poised to win her fifth Wimbledon title.
This match should be over in straight sets. The power and athleticism that Serena Williams has combined with her overwhelming experience will help propel her to her fifth Wimbledon crown.
Even though Radwanska is the higher ranked player in the world, she does not have the experience to hang with Williams. But don’t think this will be a disaster for Radwanska; the experience she will take from this run to the finals will help her tremendously down the road in her promising career. It is very tough to win your first Wimbledon crown in your first time reaching the final.
Williams is playing too well right now, and with the momentum that she will gain after knocking off Azarenka, she looks to be unstoppable in the final.
Wimbledon Champion: Serena Williams in straight sets.