Perhaps lost just a little bit amidst World Cup fever and the NBA and NHL drafts is this year's Wimbledon, which has been as compelling as ever. From the top four on the men's side on a probable collision course to another set of upsets in the women's draw, there has been plenty to keep fans of tennis buzzing in England.
Below, we'll take a look at Monday's schedule, along with making a few predictions for the day's matches and analyzing the tournament on the whole.
|Mon., June 30||7 a.m. - 11:30 a..m||ESPN|
|8 a.m. - 4 p.m.||ESPN2|
|11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.||ESPNEWS|
|Draw||Player 1||Player 2||Prediction|
|Gentlemen||Andy Murray (GBR) ||Kevin Anderson (RSA) ||Murray|
|Gentlemen||Novak Djokovic (SRB) ||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) ||Djokovic|
|Gentlemen||Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) ||Leonardo Mayer (ARG)||Dimitrov|
|Gentlemen||Stan Wawrinka (SUI) ||Denis Istomin (UZB)||Wawrinka|
|Gentlemen||Feliciano Lopez (ESP) ||John Isner (USA) ||Isner|
|Gentlemen||Jeremy Chardy (FRA)||Marin Cilic (CRO) ||Chardy|
|Gentlemen||Simone Bolelli (ITA)||Kei Nishikori (JPN) ||Bolelli|
|Ladiies||Alize Cornet (FRA) ||Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) ||Bouchard|
|Ladiies||Sabine Lisicki (GER) ||Ana Ivanovic (SRB) ||Lisicki|
|Ladiies||Angelique Kerber (GER) ||Maria Sharapova (RUS) ||Sharapova|
|Ladiies||Petra Kvitova (CZE) ||Shuai Peng (CHN)||Kvitova|
|Ladiies||Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) ||Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) ||Radwanska|
|Ladiies||Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)||Madison Keys (USA)||Keys|
|Ladiies||Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) ||Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)||Wozniacki|
|Ladiies||Tereza Smitkova (CZE)||Lucie Safarova (CZE) ||Smitkova|
Will we see more upsets on the women's side?
Thus far in the tournament, we've watched No. 1 Serena Williams, No. 2 Li Na, No. 7 Jelena Jankovic, No. 8 Victoria Azarenka and No. 10 Dominika Cibulkova all get upset. The top guns getting knocked out of contention was a common theme at the French Open, and it has certainly carried over to Wimbledon.
It was Williams’s earliest Wimbledon exit since she missed the tournament in 2006—the last time that neither Serena nor Venus Williams reached the fourth round of the tournament. They have won a combined 10 Wimbledon singles titles since 2000.
Serena Williams, 32, has failed to reach the quarterfinals in all three Grand Slam events this year. Her last attempt will come at the Tennis)." href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/u/united_states_open_tennis/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier">United States Open, which she has won the past two years.
'I felt I was playing pretty well,' Williams said. 'I worked really hard coming into this event. Sometimes it happens. You work hard—maybe it’s not for today; it’s for tomorrow.'
That leaves the field on the women's side pretty wide open, though is anyone going to beat Maria Sharapova?
The French Open champions has yet to drop a set and has only lost seven games in total, a truly impressive opening to her campaign. With her chief foil, Williams, out of the way, Sharapova is going to be tough to beat.
On the men's side, we'll see two of the tournament favorites in action, as Andy Murray will defend his title and Novak Djokovic will continue his quest for his first Grand Slam this year. As well, Stan Wawrinka will be in action, as he looks to prove his Australian Open conquest earlier in the year wasn't a fluke.
For a player that hasn't won a tournament since early April, getting back into the winning swing of things at Wimbledon will be vital.
The United States best chance at a Grand Slam on the men's side, John Isner, will also be in action on Saturday, as he takes on tough foe in Feliciano Lopez. The two men haven't met in a match since 2012, though Isner does hold a 2-1 advantage in the series.