The good news: The Williams sisters are on opposite sides of the draw! Hurray!
We’ll have a possible “Battle of the real No. 1 seed” in the semis, with Dinara Safina falling into Venus’s half of the draw. Elena Dementieva is seeded to meet Serena Williams in the other semifinal.
Maria Sharapova could (possibly! maybe!) face Serena Williams in the quarters.
Top Quarter: Dinara Safina vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova
Well this match sounds familiar, doesn’t it? But with Sveta saying she still has clay in her veins after being kicked out of Eastbourne early, a repeat of the Roland Garros final in the Wimbledon quarterfinals is still highly theoretical. And the No. 1 seed won’t have a cake walk , either, with Vaidisova a possibility in the second round, Alona Bondarenko or Szavay in the third and (let’s pray) Mauresmo in the Rd. of 16.
Kuzy will have a very hard time unless her blood’s gone green. She could face Chakvetadze or Lisicki in the third round and Caroline Wozniacki in the Rd. of 16.
Second Quarter: Venus Williams vs. Jelena Jankovic (or Li Na)
Venus owns this section. That said, there are some interesting match ups in store. She could face personal-fave Carla Suarez Navarro in the third round and either Sam Stosur (likely) or Ana Ivanovic (unlikely) in the Rd. of 16. Maybe, just maybe, Sam could score the upset of the tournament.
JJ’s been in the dumps lately and it’s hard to say if she’ll make it past the likes of Li Na, Radwanska or even Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez before the quarterfinals. Am I being too hard on Jelena?
Programming note: Radwanska and Martinez Sanchez will be playing what is sure to be the best first round women’s match of the tournament.
Third Quarter: Vera Zvonareva (or almost anyone) vs. Elena Dementieva (or Cibulkova)
Of course this is the wackiest, wildest, most unpredictable section of the draw! Do I care? I’m not sure.
Look out for Aleksandra Wozniak in Vera’s section and get the ear plugs ready for Michelle Larcher de Brito, who will be playing the feisty Klara Zakopalova in a fun first round. Marion Bartoli is seeded as Vera’s Rd. of 16. Could Maid Marion make it to the quarters?
Elena’s section is equally eclectic, with people like Sprem, Karatantcheva, Cornet and Kleybanova knocking around. Assuming Elena gets through the early rounds (her first round is against countrywoman Alla Kudryavtseva), Cibulkova is her likely Rd. of 16 opponent.
Fourth Quarter: Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka
This is a good one, folks. Sharapova and Petrova could have a rematch of their fantastic Roland Garros match in the third round, with the winner taking on Azarenka in the 16s. Cirstea, Mirza, and Groenefeld are lurking in Victoria’s section, too.
Serena could have problems with Safarova in the second round and maybe with last year’s semifinalist, Zheng Jie, who is her seeded opponent for the Rd. of 16. I’m also looking forward to the first round between Hantuchova and Laura Robson, who was last year’s (British) Wimbleon juniors champ.
Which lass is winning Wimbledon?
- Venus Williams (42%, 864 Votes)
- Serena Williams (26%, 544 Votes)
- Dinara Safina (9%, 192 Votes)
- Maria Sharapova (5%, 102 Votes)
- Ana Ivanovic (4%, 88 Votes)
- Somebody else! (4%, 75 Votes)
- Svetlana Kuznetsova (3%, 67 Votes)
- Elena Dementieva (2%, 42 Votes)
- Victoria Azarenka (2%, 42 Votes)
- Jelena Jankovic (1%, 31 Votes)
- Sam Stosur (1%, 23 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,069
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