The 2010 edition of The Championships at Wimbledon begin bright and early Monday morning for fans in the United States. Roger Federer and Serena Williams are looking to defend their titles, but several top players are in position to overthrow the reigning champions.
Federer has experienced a great range of emotions over the past two tournaments at the All-England Club. In 2008, Federer lost a five set classic to Rafael Nadal that many fans and critics considered one of the greatest matches of all-time. Incredibly, Federer was involved in an even better final in 2009 when he defeated Andy Roddick to capture his sixth career Wimbledon title.
Federer's journey to win his seventh title and tie Pete Sampras for the most singles titles in the Open Era will begin Monday against Colombian Alejandro Falla. The duo will be the first match on Centre Court.
Also opening play on Monday will be the man Federer beat for the title last year, Roddick. The top-ranked American played the match of his life last July, but he ultimately fell short in the fifth set to Federer, 16-14. He'll bring his massive serve to Court No. 1 as the second match and will face fellow American Rajeev Ram.
Former champion, Lleyton Hewitt, will also be in action. Hewitt dealt Federer only his second loss in 78 grass court matches since 2003 last week in Germany.
Despite losing to her sister Serena in the finals last year, five-time champion Venus Williams will again start Wimbledon as the odds-on favorite. Venus will face Rossana De Los Rios from Paraguay. She'll be the third match on Court No. 1 after the Roddick match. No one should be surprised to see an all Williams final again this year.
Jelena Jankovic, who has never gone past the fourth round at Wimbledon, enters the tournament as the fourth seed and will open against London resident Laura Robson.
The Belgian duo of Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin will open their tournament on Monday as well. The eighth seed Clijsters will face Italian Maria Elena Camerin, while seventeenth seeded Henin battles Latvian Anastasija Sevastova.
French Open champion Francesca Schiavone will enter the tournament as the fifth seed. For the first time in her career she'll have major expectations to live up to. She'll face Russian Vera Dushevina as the third match on Court No. 2.
Other notable females in action on Monday include Nadia Petrova, Alisa Kleybanova, Maria Kirilenko, Marion Bartoli, and Ana Ivanovic.
There are several interesting storylines to start the tournament. Can Federer and V. Williams tie two all-time great players for most single titles, or will Nadal and Serena again displace their biggest rivals at the top of the Wimbledon pecking order? Will Andy Roddick reach his fourth final, or will last year's performance be too much to top?
Regardless of who wins and loses Monday and the rest of the tournament, the 2010 tournament itself will have a hard time living up to its two most recent showings.
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