Wimbledon 2013: Projecting How Far Top Stars Will Go at All England Club
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Summer has officially started. The NBA Finals are behind us and the Stanley Cup playoffs are nearing completion, which can only mean one thing; it's almost time for Wimbledon.
The greatest tournament in tennis will bring the best tennis players from around the world to the All England Club in London to decide who will go down in history as one of the best players to ever step on the grass.
The field is full of superstars in the tennis world, but there are a few names in particular that everyone will have their eyes on.
Here are predictions for how far some of the top stars will go at the All England Club.
Nadal is coming into Wimbledon as the No. 5 seed, but will have a lot of eyes on him as he works his way through an extremely difficult path to reach the finals. Nadal has won it all at Wimbledon twice and has made the finals five times since 2006. He's had success at Wimbledon, but this year he'll have to cope with a knee injury on the grass at Wimbledon.
Nadal's path is incredibly difficult. Assuming he gets through the first four rounds and the rest of the seeds hold he could find himself facing off with Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. If he can beat Federer, things won't get much easier. Again, if the top players play as they should, he could have a semifinal matchup with Andy Murray leading to a potential finals battle against Novak Djokovic.
The former champ is a fierce competitor and is coming off a big win at the French Open, which will push him through the first few rounds, but once he gets to the quarters, things will start getting a bit more intense. If Nadal wasn't coming off a knee injury, he would go further, but with the knee on grass he'll only make it to the quarters and maybe the semis if he's playing well.
PREDICTION: Nadal will be eliminated in the quarters, most likely by Federer.
Federer certainly has Wimbledon experience. He's the defending champion and has taken home gold seven times at the epic event, something only Pete Sampras and William Renshaw have done. Last year, Federer fought through a difficult path which included Djokovic and Murray to win the championship.
The Swiss legend's third seed will make things a little more difficult, especially with a potential meeting with Nadal looming in the quarterfinals. Federer will get through the early rounds and will use the fast-playing surface to his benefit to get through to the semifinals, where he could meet Andy Murray.
PREDICTION: Federer eliminated in the semifinals.
Serena enters the field as the No. 1 seed on the Women's side with a lot of pressure regarding remarks made about Maria Sharapova in an interview with Rolling Stone. With the weight of Sharapova's response weighing on Williams, she has a lot on her plate going into this year's Wimbledon.
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Williams is coming into WImbledon on a 31-match winning streak and a win at the French Open. Winning Wimbledon five times since 2002, doesn't hurt either.
The field is strong but Williams has looked simply unstoppable as of late. The grass will just help her already explosive serve and she'll be incredibly difficult to upset at the All England Club.
PREDICTION: Serena racks up another Wimbledon victory, dominating the field.
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