The 124th edition of Wimbledon begins this year, like every other year, in the last week of June.
Federer looking for his 7th record-equalling men’s title is top seeded ahead of world no. 1, Nadal. In the men’s section, apart from the usual suspects, Federer and Nadal, Roddick who did everything but win in last year’s final, Murray, the eternal hope of Britain, and Djokovic, all of them must be serious contenders, though these gentlemen have transformed under-performance, into an art form. Cilic, Tsonga, Soderling, and Berdych merit mention, if nothing else.
Wimbledon has always been the epicentre of seeding controversies. While the other grand slams go by ATP and WTA rankings, the mandarins at Wimbledon look at past performances on grass, and particularly, performances at their hallowed venue. So the hoopla over Federer stealing top ranking from Nadal is akin to beating a dead horse, one that helps journalists earn a living (let’s look at the bright side).
If Venus Williams gets to the final, it will be her 9th. Other than Sharapova in 2004 and Mauresmo in 2006, the Williams have dominated this grass court tournament in the last decade.
If there’s to be any challenge to their dominance here, it must come from among Sharapova, Klijsters or Henin. Though Henin is not a natural grass-courter, her mental toughness could see her through.
Will this year’s edition be more of the same, or will the clay courters decide they no longer have feet of clay, and decide to put Lendl’s famous ‘grass is for cows’ diatribe to pasture?
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