The 2012 Wimbledon draw is one of the most wide open in recent times, especially with looming players like Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams still able to cause some damage! It also marks the first time that Maria Sharapova, Roland Garros Champion, will be top seed at the championships. With out further adeu, the predictions the tennis world waits for…
Maria Sharapova should begin her campaign with relative ease but from there could face challenges as early as Pironkova in the 2nd round and Niculescu, who’s slice and bag of tricks could favour her on a grass court. Out of form Sabine Lisicki is seeded to play Sharapova in the round of 16 but would need to lift her game significantly to get to that stage and avoid early upset, and Petra Cetovska is a more likely 4th round opponent for the 2004 champion. In the quarterfinal stage Sharapova’s opponent could be nearly anyone from a long list of capable players, including Kim Clijsters, Angie Kerber, Christina McHale and others. The most likely senario is that it comes down to the round of 16 battle between Kerber and Clijsters, who will be player her final Championships.
Round 1 Matches to Watch: Stephens vs Karo Pliskova, Clijsters vs Jankovic.
Potential Upsets: Martic over Lisicki, Barthel over Zvonareva, Hradecka (serving well) over Kerber.
Predicted QF:  Maria Sharapova vs  Angie Kerber
The second quarter is probably the most open of the draw with Aga Radwanska, Venus Williams, Hantuchova, Petrova, Li Na and Kirilenko all tying for and capable of reaching the semis. The intreguing match up is the potential second clash, and rematch of Roland Garros round 2, between Venus Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska, Radwanska was an easy winner in Paris but on grass, on Venus’ terms things could be very different. Melaine Oudin, Birmingham winner, has been given a nice draw, except for the 2nd round match with Den Bosch winner Nadia Petrova, the winner likely to advance to the round of 16. In the bottom half of the this quarter Aussie Jarmila Gajdosova could make the second week if she plays her game, and cards right, with an admittedly easy draw, injured and out of form Peng Shuai and Sam Stosur, who hasn’t won a match at Wimbledon since 2009, are the seeds standing in her way.
Round 1 Matches to Watch: Radwanska vs Rybarikova, Hampton vs Hantuchova.
Potential Upsets: Suarez Navarro over Stosur, Giorgi over Pennetta.
Predicted QF:  Agnieszka Radwanska vs  Li Na
The third quarter promises one of the most anticipated match ups for a long, long time: Serena Williams vs Petra Kvitova on grass at Wimbledon. If Serena is serving well, like she was in Madrid, I can see her holding up her end of bargain and basically the same thing can be said about Kvitova, Cibulkova could pose a challenge in the round of 16 but Kvitova should still advance through.
Round 1 Matches to Watch: Scheepers vs Shvedova, Safarova vs Bertens Pavlyuchenkova vs Arvidsson
Potential Upsets: Robson over Schiavone, Vandeweghe over Errani, Dubois over Zheng
Predicted QF:  Serena Williams vs  Petra Kvitova
The fourth quarter appears very interesting at first glance with the potential for upsets all over the draw, and lots of interesting matches which we could be fortunate to see. Eastbourne winner Timea Paszek could easily trouble the out of sorts seventh seed Caroline Wozniacki in the opening round and the draw is very open in this section. In the lower section there is vetran of the game Kimiko Date Krumm who pushed Venus Williams to 8-6 in the third last year in the 2nd round, and I predicted Kimiko to make an impact on grass this year, and while I believe it will come at the olympics and can see her make round four here, to face Victoria Azarenka.
Round 1 Matches to Watch: Ula Radwanska vs Erakovic, Dellaqua vs Bartoli, Vinci vs Barty
Potential Upsets: Paszek over Wozniacki, Wickmayer over Kuznetsova, Martinez Sanchez over Ivanovic
Predicted QF: Ula Radwanska vs  Victoria Azarenka
 Maria Sharapova vs  Angie Kerber
Kerber to give Sharapova the fright of her life for a set and a half before crumbling in three, I’m feeling an 8-6 or more in third job.
 Agnieszka Radwanska vs  Li Na
In theory the power of Li Na should be able to hit through the Radwanska defence on grass, after a tight firset set Li will power home, something like 7-6 6-1.
 Serena Williams vs  Petra Kvitova
Anything less that a three set, four hour, tennis display of power and skill would be a disappointment in my books I think Kvitova will snatch victory in a three set epic!
Ula Radwanska vs  Victoria Azarenka
I always have to have one random quarter finalist don’t I, Vika to get it done like her semi last year.
 Maria Sharapova vs  Li Na
#TeamLi its what me heart says, two tight sets for Li Na!
 Petra Kvitova vs  Victoria Azarenka
A reply of last years semi, a different result in my books. Vika will be super hungry, especially knowing she can get the top ranking back and I think Petra will be a tad too nervous and possibly warn out mentally and physically after taking out Serena Williams. So I’m think Vika in three this time.
 Li Na vs  Victoria Azarenka
It’s quite hard to call isn’t it? And we all know how bad my gut is at making these calls…So i flipped a coin, Heads it was Li to win, Tails Vika to win. And all be revealed… 😛