The women’s side of tennis is not as complicated as the men’s at Wimbledon. It is all about American Serena Williams, and everyone else is an after thought. Some think Williams faces a rocky road in the first week, but the tennis world learned at the French Open she is the best player in tennis. She basically went unchallenged throughout the tournament. Just like the French Open only Williams can defeat herself.
View the seeds and bracket at the official Wimbledon website.
Top 10 in order: Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sara Errani, Li Na, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Kirilenko
Williams has come back strong since her devastating defeat at the 2012 French Open. She won Wimbledon, the Olympics, and the US Open last year. She was defeated in the Australian Open by young star Sloane Stephens, but she easily won the French Open two weeks ago. Overall, she has won 11 of 14 tournaments and 74 of 77 matches since last year’s French Open.
Grass is her favorite surface, and if she plays the way she did in France no one will stop her. She can only be defeated if she gets injured or messes up. It is not to take away from her opponents. The fact is Williams is just that good. The matches in the second part of her bracket do not offer any challenge. Na is seeded at #6, but she is very weak on grass. I would not be surprised if she lost early, allowing Radwanska fly to the semifinals against Williams. Ironically, they faced each other in last year’s final.
My prediction? Williams vs. Radwanska in the semifinal with Williams advancing in straight sets.
The question is which player from the other side of the bracket will face Williams in the final? It will be Sharapova or Azarenka. If Sharapova loses it will be to Wozniacki or Errani, but it is highly unlikely. Azarenka will easily get to the quarterfinals where she will probably face Kvitova. Kvitova won in 2011, but has not been the same since last year when she almost reached the #1 ranking in the world. However, she was eliminated early in the French Open, which gave her an opportunity to rest. I still think Azarenka moves to the semifinal.
My prediction: Sharapova vs. Azarenka in the semifinal with Sharapova advancing to the final.
It will be a rematch of the French Open final and a repeat of the result. Sharapova cannot beat Williams. The last time she beat her was in the Wimbledon final in 2004. Since then she has lost 13 straight times to Williams. But the match will be a doozy and garner headlines because of Sharapova’s recent comments in which she directly slammed Williams and indirectly took a shot at her boyfriend while responding to the comments made about the Steubenville rape victim.
I expect Williams to defeat Sharapova in straight sets and win Wimbledon for the second straight year.