Wimbledon Tennis 2013: Shocking Upsets Won't Diminish Final Rounds
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The second week of Wimbledon 2013 picked up where the first week left off, but the shocking upsets won't make this tournament any less entertaining.
No. 23 Sabine Lisicki (GER) upset No. 1 Serena Williams (USA) 6-2,1-6, 6-4 (recap courtesy of Wimbledon's official website) on Monday, but it was just the latest in what has been an unpredictable tournament.
On the men's side, Rafael Nadal (ESP) and Roger Federer (SUI) are already knocked out. Victoria Azarenka (BLR), Maria Sharapova (RUS) and Sara Errani (ITA) were all out of the tournament before Williams.
The field is missing its biggest names, but there are still several stars still moving on. Novak Djokovic (SRB), Andy Murray (GBR) and David Ferrer (ESP) have survived the first week, but they still have a long way to go.
All of the upsets won't make the winners of the tournament any less deserving. If anything, it will make the feat look even better. Surviving a tournament as crazy as this year's Wimbledon will show that the winner didn't lose focus.
Wimbledon has not been won by a man from Great Britain since 1936, but this could be the year that the streak is snapped. Murray has cruised through the first four rounds and won all 12 sets.
He hasn't been tested yet this tournament, and he doesn't have to face Djokovic or Ferrer until the finals. It looks like this might finally be his year, and the amount of upsets in this tournament won't take away from his accomplishment if he wins it all.
The women's side is wide open right now. Sloane Stephens (USA) has a chance to have a breakout tournament. No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) and No. 6 Li Na (CHN) are the highest remaining players, but they need to be cautious the rest of the way.
The upsets have made this tournament fascinating to watch. Top players can go down at any time, but there are still enough stars remaining to see great tennis being played.
Will the upsets diminish the winner's title?
Stars control the sport, but the quality of tennis has not suffered because of the early exits by players like Nadal and Sharapova. Top players need to be ready to go from the start of each match, or they will be heading home disappointed.
Upsets have defined the tournament so far, and the field has opened the door for a new face to win a Grand Slam.
At the end of the tournament, one man and one woman will be celebrating a Wimbledon title. It doesn't matter that there is a depleted field. All that matters is that they were the last ones standing.
Winning Wimbledon is tough, and this year has been no exception. No matter who wins the tournament this year, it will still be an incredible feat.
*All information is courtesy of Wimbledon's official website.
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