It’s time. The most distinguished fortnight in the world of sports begins today, with 128 men and women looking to be the only one standing on the second Sunday. It’s time for Wimbledon.
The rounds of speculations and predictions began a long back and no surprises in the names that are floating around as the heavyweights this year. Novak Djokovic has dominated the past 12 months like none other- winning four majors in a row, he’s looking to become the first man to extend that streak to five! Serena Williams has battled history books since she last lifted the winner’s trophy at a major. And that load has got the better of her at three occasions now. Allowing two women to win their maiden Grand Slam on two previous occasions, Williams is not a feared force anymore in the ladies’ draw.
The newly crowned French Open Champion Garbine Muguruza is the second seed and is probably the toughest contender for the 21 time major winner, Williams. A finalist last year here, Muguruza has exploded on the scene with her fierce shot making and ability to neutralize the raw power of the American. She is the one to beat.
Watching Poland in Euros may be her second job these days, but expect Agnieszka Radwanska to emerge as a major hurdle for anyone who dreams to lift the Venus Rosewater dish in the coming days. Having underachieved throughout her career, Aga will look to leave a mark at The Championships this year. But having said that it’s hard to look beyond a Williams Muguruza summit clash. And with a slam under her belt, Muguruza looks set to avenge her loss and become the new face of women’s tennis.
Another questions that is surfacing the sporting arena is whether Roger Federer will be his cent percent in his own backyard. Two gut-wrenching defeats at the Centre Court in the last two years to unbreachable Serbian, the Swiss is hoping that Wimbledon will prove to be that turning point in his trophyless season. If he does stay fit and feels good, the Swiss can very much win any match in the two weeks ahead. You just don’t count out a 7-time champion. Just not yet!
With majority of the world arguing the place Novak Djokovic will book himself in the history books, if he goes on to win the title, there’s this Scot who is busy tuning his game with a familiar face by his side. Ivan Lendl is back in the Murray camp. Having lead him to the 2013 glory at AELTC, Murray is hoping that Lendl will prove the decisive factor that helps him to crack the Djoker-enigma. And if it does come down to another finale featuring Novak and Murray – which most likely is going to happen – it’ll be much closer this time. Murray surprisingly won both his majors beating the Serb in finals and the last time he did beat him in a major was at this very venue.
Winning a record Aegon Championship may count for nothing during the fortnight but considering the Lendl factor and the overwhelming British crowd behind him, it’s the perfect set-up for Murray to strike another blow and steal a jewel from the Serbian treasury.
Prediction: Gentlemen’s Champion – Andy MURRAY
Ladies’ Champion – Garbine MUGURUZA