Wimbledon Preview: Who Will Be This Years' King and Queen?

Greg RiotAnalyst IJune 23, 2009

WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22:  Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates during the men's singles first round match against Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei on Day One of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 22, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Tennis Tournament Category: Grand Slam

Place: Wimbledon, Great Britain

Date: 22.06.2009-05.07.2009

Draw Size: S-128 D-64

Surface: Grass

Prize Money: £ 12,550,000

Defending champion and world No.1 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Wimbledon Championships because of knee tendinitis.

With Nadal out, the door opens for all kinds of players, including world number two and 2008 runner-up Roger Federer, who is vying for his sixth career Wimbledon title.

Federer enters the main draw as the top seed and co-favourite with Andy Murray, the recently crowned Queen’s Club champion. Speaking of Andy Murray, bookies like his chances (maybe best of all) at the All England Club. The British media (bless them) is abuzz over the fast-rising Scot.

Their infatuation is so loud that it is drowning the hype surrounding other viable challengers like third seed Novak Djokovic, fourth seed Juan Martin Del Potro, and oh lest, we forget fifth seed Andy Roddick.

On the Ladies front, defending champion Venus Williams will try to add another Wimbledon title to her vast collection of career titles (41), of which seven are Grand Slams (five Wimbledon and two US Open).

But sister Serena Williams, who has 10 Grand Slam titles and was runner-up last year, would like nothing better than a second shot at a Wimbledon title this year.

In the eyes of many, another Williams’ final at the All England Club is on the books as the women’s field is in a bit of disarray. Dinara Safina as the top seed and world number one cannot be discounted from the proceedings, but grass is really not her thing and she has failed in three Grand Slam finals already.

Former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova is a dangerous floater, but she is only getting her groove back after missing nine months on the WTA Tour with a shoulder injury.

The Serbian duo of Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic has barely struck an audible note this season and they are right now relegated to the fringe of the discussion.

So who will be the King and Queen of Wimbledon this year?