Quarter 1: (1) Serena Williams, (5) Maria Sharapova
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have once again landed in the same quarter of the draw. The first quarter is undoubtedly the toughest section of the draw, not only because of the seeded players but also because of the presence of some dangerous unseeded players. Fresh off a shock early exit at Roland Garros, Serena Williams faces a potential early test against Christina McHale in the second round before a potential third round match up against Alize Cornet (who defeated Williams in their previous meeting earlier this year in Dubai). Should Serena navigate her way through this section she then faces a potential match against Eugenie Bouchard in the fourth round (wouldn’t that be amazing to see). Eugenie Bouchard has a tricky opening round match against Daniela Hantuchova and could potentially run into the in from Andrea Petkovic in the third round. Bouchard has excelled in the first two Grand Slam’s of the year, she has shown that she can match it with the very best and will therefore be a threat to any opponent she runs into over the fortnight (including Serena).
Not to be outdone, the bottom section in this quarter is equally as packed. The in form Angelique Kerber and last years semi finalist Kirsten Flipkens are the seeded players in the top half of this section. Both Kerber and Flipkens should be able to navigate their way through their opening round matches to set up a third round showdown. Likewise, Maria Sharapova should have no problems getting through her opening two matches but from there things could get tricky for the Roland Garros champion. Sharapova could potentially face Camila Giorgi or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the third round, both Giorgi and Pavlyuchenkova have defeated Sharapova this year. Also lurking in this section is American Christina McHale.
This means we could see Kerber face Sharapova in the fourth round and Serena Williams take on Eugenie Bouchard, wow.
Predicted quarter-finalists: (1) Serena Williams vs (9) Angelique Kerber
Quarter 2: (3) Simona Halep, (7) Jelana Jankovic
French Open finalist Simona Halep has landed in the tough half of the draw and will have her work cut out navigating her way through this tricky section. At first the draw is quite open for Halep, Suarez Navarro is the other top seed in her immediate section. Apart from a potentially dangerous third round match against compatriot Sorana Cirstea, Halep should ease into the quarter-finals (that is assuming she is fully fit). The draw has not been so kind to Jelana Jankovic, she has stated that her goal is to reach the second week, this wont be easy for the Serb. Jankovic faces Kanepi in the opening round before a potential match with Shvedova in the second round. Jelana could then face Madison Keys in the third round (the American dominated Jankovic In Eastbourne a few days a go). Then Jankovic could face either Sabine Lisicki of Ana Ivanovic who look destined to meet in a blockbuster third round match. Ivanovic has been very consistent this year and comes into this event fresh off her first ever grass court title and will be full of confidence. It’s no secret that Wimbledon is Lisicki’s favourite tournament, however her form has been poor this year and i don’t see her making another deep run this year. It will be very interesting to see who comes through this section of the draw.
Predicted Quarter-finalists: (3) Simona Halep vs (11) Ana Ivanovic
Quarter 3: (8) Victoria Azarenka, (3) Agnieszka Radwanska
The third quarter is headlines by Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska who could set up a rematch of this years Australian Open quarterfinal where Radwanska played arguably the best match of her career. Azarenka seemingly has a much tougher passage to the quarterfinals compared to Agnieszka Radwanska (who has been dealt a very favorable draw). Azarenka could potentially face Garbine Muguruza in the third round in what would be a real challenge for the former world number 1. Dominika Cibulkova and Lucie Safarova also look destined to meet in the third round, a great chance for both of these ladies to have a good run in London. It seems Agnieszka Radwanska really looks forward to Wimbledon, she knows it here that she has her greatest chance to break through and win her first Grand Slam title. Radwanska has come close in the last two years and will be looking to go a step further in 2014. The Pole should breeze through her opening two matches but could face a bit of a test if she comes up against Kuznetsova in the third round. Ultimately Radwanska should ease through to the quarterfinals.
Predicted Quarter-Finalists: (10) Dominika Cibulkova vs (3) Agnieszka Radwanska
Quarter 4: (6) Petra Kvitova, (2) Li Na
Former champion Petra Kvitova and world number 2 Li Na are the highest seeds in the bottom quarter. Both ladies will have their work cut out to reach to reach the second week in London. Petra Kvitova could face fellow former champion Venus Williams in a blockbuster third round match. Also lurking in this section is Sloane Stephens, who as we all know really fires up for Grand Slams. Stephens faces Maria Kirilenko in one of the best first round match ups. Petra Kvitova is always vulnerable to lapses in concentration so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Stephens reach the second week of a Grand Slam once again.
Li Na will be desperate for a deep run in London after her shock first round exit in Paris. The world number 2 has been treated relatively kindly by the draw. This years Australian Open champion should be able to hit past any of the seeded opponents she could come up against in this section, including Elena Vesnina, Samantha Stosur and Caroline Wozniacki. Wozniacki returned to form In Eastbourne; the Dane could meet Samantha Stosur in the third round who she defeated on route to the semi-finals in Eastbourne.
Predicted Quarter-finalists: (6) Petra Kvitova vs (2) Li Na
Final verdict: Serena Williams def. Agnieszka Radwanska
I find it nearly impossible to go past picking Serena Williams whenever she is involved. Serena stated after her shock loss to Muguruza at Roland Garros that she will work hard so that she never loses again, there is no doubt she will be as determined as ever. Serena is always so hard to beat at Wimbledon, despite having a very tough draw she is my pick to claim her sixth Wimbledon title. Radwanska is real chance to claim her first Grand Slam title, the Pole loves playing on grass. Her ability to get low and redirect the ball makes hard to beat on grass. The draw has been kind to Radwanska so with a little luck (Serena getting kicked out early) Aga could go all the way.
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