The Championships at Wimbledon are underway as this article is being written and we have had some entertaining matches and upsets already. While the title match is still a week away, Sports Rediscovered takes a look at the possible semifinalists and takes a shot at answering the key question – “Who will win Wimbledon 2015 ?”.
Men’s singles –
Semifinal 1 : Novak Djokovic vs Stanislas Wawrinka
It’s hard to look past Djokovic in the top quarter of the draw, as a potential semifinalist, if not a finalist. The Serb has been in excellent form, and in spite of the upset at the French, he has started off here as a world no.1 should, dominating in straight sets in each of his three matches so far. He has a 25-3 record against the remaining opponents in his quarter and can be expected to waltz his way through them.
The second quarter is not as straightforward, but there is only one possible upset scenario. One year after his heroic exploits in the fourth round here, to send the then world no.1 Rafael Nadal packing in four sets, Nick Kyrgios continues to impress and can be a potential threat to Wawrinka in the quarters. Canadian Milos Raonic is the latest to fall victim to his free-flow tennis, as he steamrolls ahead, showing little concern for the opponent across the net.
Still, Novak and Stan seem to be the prime candidates to make the semifinals in this half.
Semifinal 2 : Roger Federer vs Andy Murray
On paper, the bottom half of the draw was loaded, and lopsided. With the exit of Nadal at the hands of Dustin Brown yesterday, the metaphorical “balance” has been restored. In fact, the highest seed Murray could potentially face before the semifinals is the 13th seeded Tsonga.
Murray has been in terrific form this year, and is in red hot form on grass after picking up his 4th Queens’ club title. He is a safe bet to go through to the semis.
Seven time champion Roger Federer headlines the bottom quarter, and he should like what he sees. After a record 8th title at Halle, he has quietly dismantled Damir Dzhumur, and the big serving Querrey and looks in fine touch to make a run for the title yet again. He was close to reclaiming it in last years classic final, and would be keen to make amends this time. Still, he would have to overcome Tomas Berdych, who famously upset him in the quarterfinals here in 2010, and Murray, before having a shot at the title.
Prediction – Novak def. Stan ; Murray def. Federer
Winner : Andy Murray
Women’s singles –
Semifinal 1 : Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova
Can there be a more dominant player than Serena Williams in tennis right now? She has won the last three slams and is on course for a second “Serena Slam”. Since losing to Alize Cornet in the third round here last year, she’s 59-4 in all tournaments. And she just pulled off an incredible victory over Heather Watson after being two breaks down in the decider to set up a tie with her sister Venus in the fourth round.
If she does overcome her sister, Victoria Azarenka looms in the corner. After a testy encounter in Roland Garros, one can expect a lip-smacking encounter again this time. Still, Serena’s mental resilience and energy reserves are on a unique pedestal compared to the rest of the field, and one would be a very brave man to bet against her winning a sixth Wimbledon title.
Maria Sharapova could face a potential rematch with Czech Lucie Safarova, who upset her title defence at Roland Garros, a month back. However, Sharapova did have health issues (cold and cough) then and should be able to overcome the challenge posed by Safarova at Wimbledon. It has been ten years since she won the Venus Rosewater dish, but now’s as good a time as any to win a second.
Semifinal 2 : Angelique Kerber vs Petra Kvitova
The bottom half of the draw has the potential for a lot of surprises and there is no clear favorite except defending champion Petra Kvitova. She has handed bagels to her opponent in both her opening matches, and has been terrific on court. Radwanska could pose a threat, but that aside, her path seems straighforward. Kvitova is almost impossible to beat when her powerful forehand is firing on all cylinders, and it has been so far.
Who will her opponent from the third quarter be? The top seed remaining is Caroline Wozniacki but she recently withdrew from the Aegon Championships with a back injury, and it is not clear if she has fully recovered from it. Sabine Lisicki is in familiar territory – Wimbledon is where she made her first and only Grand Slam final appearance, two years back. But the trump card seems to be with Angelique Kerber, who’s fresh off a title run at Queen’s and has looked a picture of confidence so far here.
Prediction – Serena def. Sharapova ; Kvitova def. Kerber
And the answer to who will win Wimbledon 2015 Women’s Singles – Serena Williams