Wimbledon 2013: Predictions for Second Week of Action

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Wimbledon 2013: Predictions for Second Week of Action
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As a wild first week of Wimbledon winds toward its conclusion, the focus shifts toward Manic Monday and the pursuit of the season's third Grand Slam title. Both draws have been shaken up by upsets, adding to the spectacle.

The biggest question mark heading into the second week is whether things will begin to normalize or if underdogs can continue to shock the tennis world. Either way, it should result in a terrific week of action at the All England Club.

Let's examine three players who should be able to stand out during the second week.

 

Jerzy Janowicz Continues To Shine

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Janowicz is a star in the making. He first broke onto the major scene by reaching the third round at Wimbledon last year. The 22-year-old Polish sensation has continued to make steady progress, showcasing top-five potential along the way.

His run to the round of 16 has been impressive. After cruising past Kyle Edmund in the opening round, he was in firm control of Radek Stepanek before the veteran retired from the match. He followed it up with a straight-sets victory over No. 16 seed Nicolas Almagro.

Now, there's no reason to believe he can't make it all the way to the semifinals. Jurgen Melzer has needed four sets to win all of his matches, while Lukasz Kubot and Adrian Mannarino have benefited from breaks in the draw. Janowicz should take advantage.

 

Marion Bartoli's Resurgence Rolls On

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Bartoli had made it past the third round of a major just once in her past seven tries heading into Wimbledon. Due to a favorable draw and improved play, the veteran is already in the round of 16, and the path remains clear for a deep run.

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The biggest issue for Bartoli throughout her career has been inconsistency. At times, she's looked capable of winning multiple Grand Slams. But just as frequently, she's played like an average tour player, which isn't representative of her talent.

Her closest call came at the All England Club in 2007 when she reached the final. She couldn't overcome Venus Williams, though. Given her draw, another appearance in the championship match is within reach if she can maintain top form.

 

Andy Murray Reaches Final

On Wednesday, as upsets were happening all over the grounds, Murray easily took out Yen-Hsun Lu. His steady play, which really began after he won Olympic gold last summer, was the missing factor during the early portion of his career.

The elevated level of confidence makes him a threat at every major. He will need every bit of it to reach the final. Despite the early exits of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, a couple tricky hurdles remain, starting with Mikhail Youzhny in the round of 16.

Ultimately, these are matches Murray must win to further assert himself as a top-two player. Whether it's Youzhny, Fernando Verdasco or the aforementioned Janowicz, the Scottish star has the tools to reach the final. Expect him to do exactly that.

 

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