After a great showcase of skill and endurance at the 2014 French Open, the next major of the season continues on Tuesday as the 2014 Wimbledon Championships heads into Day 2 of the action at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Day 1 of the competition at the Grand Slam was intense, with several seeded players losing early, including Fernando Verdasco, Samantha Stosur and Sloane Stephens.
The action also featured the advancement of top stars like Andy Murray, Li Na and Victoria Azarenka in dominant fashion.
Sloane Stephens, Sam Stosur, Verdasco all out in round 1 but Murray, Li Na, Azarenka, Dimitrov advanced in straight sets. #Wimbledon— Tennis View Magazine (@TennisViewMag) June 23, 2014
Here is the full TV schedule for Tuesday and the top matches from the Day 2 schedule for the men’s and women’s tournaments at Wimbledon.
|June 24||7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.||ESPN|
|June 24||11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.||ESPNEWS|
|June 24||2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Player 1||Player 2||Court||Predicted Winner|
|Rafael Nadal||vs.||Martin Klizan||Centre||Nadal|
|Roger Federer||vs.||Paolo Lorenzi||No. 1||Federer|
|Stan Wawrinka||vs.||Joao Sousa||No. 2||Wawrinka|
|Milos Raonic||vs.||Matthew Ebden||No. 2||Raonic|
|Lleyton Hewitt||vs.||Michal Przysiezny||No. 3||Hewitt|
|John Isner||vs.||Daniel Smethurst||No. 3||Isner|
|Player 1||Player 2||Court||Predicted Winner|
|Sabine Lisicki||vs.||Julia Glushko||Centre||Lisicki|
|Serena Williams||vs.||Anna Tatishvili||Centre||Williams|
|Maria Sharapova||vs.||Samantha Murray||No. 1||Sharapova|
|Eugenie Bouchard||vs.||Daniela Hantuchova||No. 1||Bouchard|
|Jelena Jankovic||vs.||Kaia Kanepi||No. 2||Jankovic|
|Angelique Kerber||vs.||Urszula Radwanska||No. 2||Radwanska|
*For the full schedule, check out Wimbledon.com.
Top Matchups on Day 2
No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Anna Tatishvili
After losing in the second round at Roland Garros, No. 1 seed Serena Williams will take on Anna Tatishvili in the opening round of Wimbledon on Tuesday.
Tatishvili is a strong player, but Williams is expected to make short work of her opponent and build momentum toward another Wimbledon championship. Despite five career titles on the grass of the All England Club, the American star has a tough road ahead of her.
According to Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times, Williams' draw in this tournament is unbelievably difficult:
Serena Williams gets Simona Halep in her half; Agnieszka Radwanska lands in Li Na's bottom half. #Wimbledon— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 20, 2014
Maria Sharapova AGAIN lands in Serena Williams' quarter (which worked out well for her in Paris, let's remember...) #Wimbledon— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 20, 2014
Serena Williams could face Genie Bouchard in the fourth round. #Wimbledon— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 20, 2014
As if Williams’ struggles at the French Open weren't bad enough, she was also bounced early from this tournament last season. Add in an early exit at the Australian Open, and Williams is looking to get back on track.
With Williams as part of the last matchup on Centre Court on Tuesday, the lively atmosphere of the premier building at the venue should revitalize her spirit and have her ready for a deep run at the third major of the year.
Predicted Score: Williams wins, 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. Martin Klizan
No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal is the king of clay courts, but he will bring his talents to the grass of Wimbledon in his first-round matchup against an underrated opponent in Martin Klizan.
Just as Williams is expected to cruise to an easy victory in her opening match of the tournament, Nadal should move past Klizan in Round 1 without breaking much of a sweat.
When asked about who believes is his biggest threat at this tournament, Nadal told ATPWorldTour.com that he is not looking that far ahead and will be focusing on his first-round match:
I don't see farther than today. I have a tough first round against Klizan. For the last two years I lost in the first and second round…I start from the first round in every surface. You can imagine even more here on grass.
Personally I feel that I am doing things better. It is true that for the last couple of years I didn't play lot of matches on grass, but I am confident that I can do it again. I am not talking about winning, (rather) talking about play better than what I did the last couple of years on grass.
While Nadal has reached the Wimbledon final five times and won it twice, he was eliminated in the second round and the first round over the last two years respectively.
Momentum is on his side after the French Open win, but he also won at Roland Garros in each of the last two seasons as well.
Nadal will have to earn the tournament victory coming from the No. 2 seed, but a favorable draw and everything working in his favor right now will lead him to a straight-sets victory on Tuesday and set him up a deep run at Wimbledon.
Predicted Score: Nadal wins, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1
*Stats via Wimbledon.com