The tennis world agrees that Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are, without a doubt, the favorites on the men’s side of the draw to win the 2011 Wimbledon championship.
For the ladies, the speculation centers on Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams or Venus Williams. After those three ladies, it is a toss-up as to who might step forward to claim her first Wimbledon.
There is a huge chasm between the men’s top four and the rest of men playing professional tennis today. The log-jam at the top of the men’s game allows for little discussion outside the higher-ranked quartet wielding tennis rackets with untold power and skill.
For the ladies, there seems to be an influx of new players from Germany, Russia or the Czech Republic challenging the top players.
Of late, we have all watched these wunderkinds work their way up the ranking ladder.
The new faces join some more familiar wannabes waiting to win their first majors, such as Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka and Vera Zvonareva.
Ultimately, there are some players, simmering, almost ready to bubble, waiting to let their tennis prowess boil over.
Old or young, male or female, some players are on the brink, ready to take that next step forward.