Wimbledon 2011 Preview

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    Jun 18, 2011 6:18 AM GMT
    Federer has a very comfortable draw, drawn in the same half with Novak Djokovic..who i think has a dodgier draw.
    Nadal likewise has a tough draw as well... Could face young Canadian Milos Raonic in the second round, Del Potro in the 3rd round, Dutchman Robin Haase or German Kohlschreiber or compatriot Verdasco in the fourth round..
    Murray has a decent draw...

    Isner-Mahut 1st round (RE)match... lol ;)
    Just cannot wait for the tournament to start
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    Jun 19, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    Isner vs. Mahut: History always repeat itself....

    On the men's side, I will think the big four will meet in the semis. I think either Roger/Nadal will capture the title. I love them both, so would be happy to see either of them win.

    On the women's side, I think Sharapova, Li Na, Hantuchova, Kvitova will meet in the semis. Glad the Williams' sisters are back on the tour, but honestly they will need a little bit more time to capture their next slam even though they are very dominant on grass. I would love Li Na to win, but it seems like capturing back to back grand slam is an impossible mission.
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    Jun 19, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    iTopSpin saidIsner vs. Mahut: History always repeat itself....

    On the men's side, I will think the big four will meet in the semis. I think either Roger/Nadal will capture the title. I love them both, so would be happy to see either of them win.

    On the women's side, I think Sharapova, Li Na, Hantuchova, Kvitova will meet in the semis. Glad the Williams' sisters are back on the tour, but honestly they will need a little bit more time to capture their next slam even though they are very dominant on grass. I would love Li Na to win, but it seems like capturing back to back grand slam is an impossible mission.


    Agree with most of what you have said.

    I don't see how the Big 4 on the Men's side will not meet in the semis. Roddick is on the downswing, Soderling is becoming a space case, etc. I want DelPotro and Fish to do well and both players could have some success here.

    For the women ... *shudders* ... I will not be surprised if Serena wins the title. She is completely aloof during the year, outside of the Grand Slams. She took the World #3 to 3 sets on Grass in her first tournament in over a year.

    I like Hantuchova's resurgence. I think that Boom Boom Lisicki could really do some damage here. Sharapova ... Meh, I want her to do well, but her serve will go AWOL for a match and send her out of the draw meekly. Heck, even my favorite "big girl" Bartoli could do some damage here. It's all about who is on fire that particular day. I'm going to go with Serena until someone sends her out of the tournament.

  • papayachalice

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    Jun 19, 2011 2:59 PM GMT
    If Li Na can pass Lisicki in the second round, she has a good chance to run into quarter final.
    I don't think Serena is physically prepared. See her match against Zvonreva at Eastburne.

    But this could be as open as French Open cause nobody really stands out in the warm up tournaments.

    Pussiaki? No way.
    Quartarenka? Next time.

    The uncertainties are Sharapova and Williams sister.
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    Jun 19, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
    Is Andy Roddick even playing??
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    Jun 19, 2011 3:03 PM GMT
    haha yea dude. he's in murray's quarter. here's the link if you wanna see the draw


    http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/ms/r1s2.html
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    Jun 19, 2011 3:06 PM GMT
    muscleguy121212 saidhaha yea dude. he's in murray's quarter. here's the link if you wanna see the draw


    http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/ms/r1s2.html



    Okay sweet, when i was looking up the bracket i couldn't see him anywhere. He has been so dissapointing the last couple years. Maybe he can surprise some people.
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    Jun 19, 2011 3:10 PM GMT
    Im hoping Raonic makes it far! We never have any good player from Canada.
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    Jun 19, 2011 3:31 PM GMT
    papayachalice saidIf Li Na can pass Lisicki in the second round, she has a good chance to run into quarter final.
    I don't think Serena is physically prepared. See her match against Zvonreva at Eastburne.

    But this could be as open as French Open cause nobody really stands out in the warm up tournaments.

    Pussiaki? No way.
    Quartarenka? Next time.

    The uncertainties are Sharapova and Williams sister.


    Agree.

    LMAO, Quartarenka, Pussiaki
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    Jun 19, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    snowboarder saidIm hoping Raonic makes it far! We never have any good player from Canada.


    Definitely hoping that Raonic has a great event. He's such a smart player, although he's been somewhat invisible after the first quarter of the season. He has a great game for grass and he's a seeded player, so he has a chance to do some damage.

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    Jun 19, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    Whoops, should be Pushiniaki because she's a big pusher

    iTopSpin said
    papayachalice saidIf Li Na can pass Lisicki in the second round, she has a good chance to run into quarter final.
    I don't think Serena is physically prepared. See her match against Zvonreva at Eastburne.

    But this could be as open as French Open cause nobody really stands out in the warm up tournaments.

    Pussiaki? No way.
    Quartarenka? Next time.

    The uncertainties are Sharapova and Williams sister.


    Agree.

    LMAO, Quartarenka, Pussiaki
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    Jun 19, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
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    snowboarder saidIm hoping Raonic makes it far! We never have any good player from Canada.


    Definitely hoping that Raonic has a great event. He's such a smart player, although he's been somewhat invisible after the first quarter of the season. He has a great game for grass and he's a seeded player, so he has a chance to do some damage.



    Agree...
    Raonic has the serve and the forehand to obliterate Nadal.... Nadal cannot survive big hitters like Del Potro or Raonic or Isner or Karlovic
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    Jun 19, 2011 9:58 PM GMT
    I hope Djokovic make a breakthrough on this tournament, and probably beat Nadal in the final.
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    Jun 20, 2011 4:56 PM GMT
    papayachalice saidI hope Djokovic make a breakthrough on this tournament, and probably beat Nadal in the final.



    Dream on!!! ;)
    Federer all the way!! icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 20, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    papayachalice saidI hope Djokovic make a breakthrough on this tournament, and probably beat Nadal in the final.


    If Djokovic reaches the final, he will eclipse Nadal and become #1 in the world. Would like to see him to do it. Of course I, like all of Great Britain, would love to see Andy Murray win.
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    Jun 23, 2011 7:35 PM GMT
    Federer on center court right now up a set and 3-0. All the top men look to be in good forum. The Williams sisters making their way through the draw as well even though both have had such little match play.

  • hartfan

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    Jun 24, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    Several upsets and close calls till date.

    Hewitt vs. Soderling: Great to see the spirit that took Hewitt to a Wimbledon championship all those years ago re-emerge again. Unfortunately for him, Soderling figured it out and broke him in the final three sets at exactly the right time. Don't know how many more years Lleyton has in him, but it was still a great match to watch between two skilled players.

    Harrison vs. Ferrer: Harrison looked great against Ferrer until the Spaniard's experience won out. Ryan has a lot to be proud of, going almost toe to toe with a top tennis player in five sets. If he keeps this up and reins in his tantrums, he might be the next big American tennis star.

    Roddick vs. Lopez: Solid and at some moments brilliant play from Feliciao Lopez. It is disappointing to see A-Rod get completely flummoxed, play sub-par and get ousted in straight sets. Thought he could have made another run on his best surface for another year. Very disappointing.

    Verdasco vs. Haase: Another formerly top player who seemed to have spiraled into oblivion. What's going on, Fernando?

    Wawrinka vs. Bolelli: Another case of what happened? I think Stan got a little too confident.

    Muller vs. Raonic: Would have loved to see more of Milos, unfortunately it was not meant to be. I expect that he will get his chance to shine though.

    Benneteau vs. Berdych: After a somewhat disappointing first half of the season, Berdych looked like he had something to prove. And prove he did, blasting Benneteau out of the tournament. I expect Tomas in the quarters at least.

    Isner-Mahut, part 2: Well, I doubt anyone expected this match to live up to anything like last year's. In fact, a quick match was probably the only logical conclusion. Unfortunately, Isner was then immediately ordered back to court 18 where he fell to Nicolas Almagro. That court just isn't giving him the best memories, is it?

    So we have some potential spoilers out early. If Isner or Raonic have stayed around we might have gotten a few more upsets. But there are still dangers like Yen-Hsun Lu (who already ousted Viktor Troicki) and Xavier Malisse. Also think Fish and del Potro can make it far. Will see how it works out.

    As for our top 4:
    Murray. Every Wimbledon was his expected chance to shine, but he has yet to do so. He is probably playing the best tennis of his career to date right now, but he still looked a little shaky in the first two rounds. If Andy steps it up, possibly, maybe, he has a good chance of doing some damage against Rafa.

    Federer. His favorite Slam, his favorite surface and the crowd favorite if not for Murray. Perhaps the best tennis player ever who was already discounted by some as on his decline until he blasted his way back into the finals in Roland Garros only to be denied by his perennial archrival. In search of #17. He plays like the champion he is and also like the man who has nothing to lose. Favorite? Yes. Sentimental favorite? Absolutely. Rooting for the Fed? Check.

    Djokovic. The stumble in the streak against Roger was perhaps inevitable, but I'm not sure that the Djoker's confidence has been all that shaken by that match. Hasn't looked his best in the first two rounds and grass is not his most comfortable surface, but I do think that Nole has truly advanced to the level where he'd be a constant challenger and threat to Rafa and the Fed. I would have loved to see a final between Novak and Roger if not for the seeding. Go Nole!

    Nadal. While he has showed vulnerability against big servers, a combination of luck and sheer power play preserved his hold as the undisputed king of clay. We don't know how much longer Rafa can keep stepping it up, but right now, he doesn't look like he's slowing down. Frankly, I am a little tired of Rafa, but there's no denying he is probably the king of tennis at the moment, and could be staying there for a while.

    As for the women, it shouldn't have been all that surprising for Lisicki to outplay Li Na, but I didn't see that one coming. Still find it unsettling that Wozniacki could be the top seed without having won a single major, and I consider such players as Li and Schiavone to be much more interesting and capable. Then again, what do I know.

    Good for Sharapova if she can find it in her not to wimp out, and make it back to a Grand Slam final, but at the moment, I don't think anyone's holding their breath. With 2nd seed Zvonareva also out, I agree Serena will probably successfully defend her title.
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    Jun 27, 2011 9:06 PM GMT
    Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli just defeated American Serena Williams in two sets, 6-3, 7-6(8-6 in tie break). Serena was outplayed today, but showed some of her fight that use to possess.
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    Jun 27, 2011 9:14 PM GMT
    I don't think Lisicki outplayed Li. She served sensationally, but Li still had a slight advantage on the groundstrokes. Some articles show Lisicki served harder than Hewitt did.
    Since she eliminated Li, I have to root for her. She and Kvitova will be my top picks.

    hartfan saidSeveral upsets and close calls till date.

    Hewitt vs. Soderling: Great to see the spirit that took Hewitt to a Wimbledon championship all those years ago re-emerge again. Unfortunately for him, Soderling figured it out and broke him in the final three sets at exactly the right time. Don't know how many more years Lleyton has in him, but it was still a great match to watch between two skilled players.

    Harrison vs. Ferrer: Harrison looked great against Ferrer until the Spaniard's experience won out. Ryan has a lot to be proud of, going almost toe to toe with a top tennis player in five sets. If he keeps this up and reins in his tantrums, he might be the next big American tennis star.

    Roddick vs. Lopez: Solid and at some moments brilliant play from Feliciao Lopez. It is disappointing to see A-Rod get completely flummoxed, play sub-par and get ousted in straight sets. Thought he could have made another run on his best surface for another year. Very disappointing.

    Verdasco vs. Haase: Another formerly top player who seemed to have spiraled into oblivion. What's going on, Fernando?

    Wawrinka vs. Bolelli: Another case of what happened? I think Stan got a little too confident.

    Muller vs. Raonic: Would have loved to see more of Milos, unfortunately it was not meant to be. I expect that he will get his chance to shine though.

    Benneteau vs. Berdych: After a somewhat disappointing first half of the season, Berdych looked like he had something to prove. And prove he did, blasting Benneteau out of the tournament. I expect Tomas in the quarters at least.

    Isner-Mahut, part 2: Well, I doubt anyone expected this match to live up to anything like last year's. In fact, a quick match was probably the only logical conclusion. Unfortunately, Isner was then immediately ordered back to court 18 where he fell to Nicolas Almagro. That court just isn't giving him the best memories, is it?

    So we have some potential spoilers out early. If Isner or Raonic have stayed around we might have gotten a few more upsets. But there are still dangers like Yen-Hsun Lu (who already ousted Viktor Troicki) and Xavier Malisse. Also think Fish and del Potro can make it far. Will see how it works out.

    As for our top 4:
    Murray. Every Wimbledon was his expected chance to shine, but he has yet to do so. He is probably playing the best tennis of his career to date right now, but he still looked a little shaky in the first two rounds. If Andy steps it up, possibly, maybe, he has a good chance of doing some damage against Rafa.

    Federer. His favorite Slam, his favorite surface and the crowd favorite if not for Murray. Perhaps the best tennis player ever who was already discounted by some as on his decline until he blasted his way back into the finals in Roland Garros only to be denied by his perennial archrival. In search of #17. He plays like the champion he is and also like the man who has nothing to lose. Favorite? Yes. Sentimental favorite? Absolutely. Rooting for the Fed? Check.

    Djokovic. The stumble in the streak against Roger was perhaps inevitable, but I'm not sure that the Djoker's confidence has been all that shaken by that match. Hasn't looked his best in the first two rounds and grass is not his most comfortable surface, but I do think that Nole has truly advanced to the level where he'd be a constant challenger and threat to Rafa and the Fed. I would have loved to see a final between Novak and Roger if not for the seeding. Go Nole!

    Nadal. While he has showed vulnerability against big servers, a combination of luck and sheer power play preserved his hold as the undisputed king of clay. We don't know how much longer Rafa can keep stepping it up, but right now, he doesn't look like he's slowing down. Frankly, I am a little tired of Rafa, but there's no denying he is probably the king of tennis at the moment, and could be staying there for a while.

    As for the women, it shouldn't have been all that surprising for Lisicki to outplay Li Na, but I didn't see that one coming. Still find it unsettling that Wozniacki could be the top seed without having won a single major, and I consider such players as Li and Schiavone to be much more interesting and capable. Then again, what do I know.

    Good for Sharapova if she can find it in her not to wimp out, and make it back to a Grand Slam final, but at the moment, I don't think anyone's holding their breath. With 2nd seed Zvonareva also out, I agree Serena will probably successfully defend her title.
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    Jun 27, 2011 9:16 PM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidFrenchwoman Marion Bartoli just defeated American Serena Williams in two sets, 6-3, 7-6(8-6 in tie break). Serena was outplayed today, but showed some of her fight that use to possess.


    Not surprising. But Vee lost to the same player at same score two years in a row, errr
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    Jun 27, 2011 9:25 PM GMT
    Always been a huge Djokovic fan, despite the fact that he can just never grasp that confidence for a win. I think it's all just a mental game that holds him back, but who am I to say that?

    Sucks that the sisters are out, feels weird. I've always been a fan of Serena, and the fact that we both have just recently suffered from the same condition just makes me want to root for her more. Ah well, she'll be winning more titles surely. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 27, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
    Spiritreaver saidAlways been a huge Djokovic fan, despite the fact that he can just never grasp that confidence for a win. I think it's all just a mental game that holds him back, but who am I to say that?


    WHOA ... You say that "[Djokovic]'s mental game that holds him back" but the guy who won 43 matches in a row this year, including the first Grand Slam of the year. Everyone seems to forget that Novak was kicking everyone's ass, including Rafa on clay twice before Roland Garros, until his sloppy loss to Federer in Paris. His aggressive play should serve him in the semifinals, as long as he can get a return in the court.

    Novak looked methodical in his match against Llodra and the match against Tomic should be a cakewalk. I'm VERY excited that he'll have a chance to assert his authority against the winner of Tsonga/Federer.

    I'm glad that Fish is in the quarterfinals against Nadal, although Mardy is 0-5 against Rafa, winning only 1 set out of 13.

    Murray-Lopez should be exciting. No clue what to expect because while Murray should win, but this is the part of the tournament where his head gets in the way of his play.
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    Jun 27, 2011 9:42 PM GMT
    He's definitely coming around, trust me, I've been follow Novak for a while, he's honestly the only male player I enjoy watching play, for all the reasons you've mentioned. Quite honestly though, I felt like he just didn't see himself in that same light as the big guns, call me weird, until he finally took down Federer, his mood has definitely changed as of late and he's been doing an amazing job.

    But like I said, I'm just kinda talking out of my ass, just how I feel about it lol.
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    Jun 27, 2011 9:49 PM GMT
    #1 seed Denmark's Caroline Wozniaki loses to Slovokian Dominika Cibulkova in 3 sets, 6-1, 6-7, 5-7.

    American Venus Williams out in 2 sets, 6-3, 6-2, to Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria

    All of the top 4 men are still in it!
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    Jun 27, 2011 10:01 PM GMT
    Spiritreaver saidHe's definitely coming around, trust me, I've been follow Novak for a while, he's honestly the only male player I enjoy watching play, for all the reasons you've mentioned. Quite honestly though, I felt like he just didn't see himself in that same light as the big guns, call me weird, until he finally took down Federer, his mood has definitely changed as of late and he's been doing an amazing job.

    But like I said, I'm just kinda talking out of my ass, just how I feel about it lol.


    I have loved Novak for years as well. Physical attributes aside, I love alpha athletes who have personality and intellect along with their immense talent. It's an incredibly sexy hybrid of man. I think that his semifinal at the Open last year was an integral step in his development and he started the year incredibly well prepared. Love his style of play, glad that his serving woes of last year are in the past.

    LOL I think that forums were invented for people to practice talking out of their ass; However, some people have sexier asses than others. icon_wink.gif