Strawberries, cream, pimms…and maybe some tennis: 2012 Wimbledon Draw

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…

First Quarter

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: [1] Maria Sharapova vs [8] Angie Kerber

Second Quarter

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: [3] Agnieszka Radwanska vs [11] Li Na

Third Quarter

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: [6] Serena Williams vs [4] Petra Kvitova

Fourth Quarter 

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 [2] Victoria Azarenka 

Quarters

 [1] Maria Sharapova vs [8] 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.

[3] Agnieszka Radwanska vs [11] 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.

[6] Serena Williams vs [4] 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 [2] Victoria Azarenka
I always have to have one random quarter finalist don’t I, Vika to get it done like her semi last year.

Semis

[1] Maria Sharapova vs [11] Li Na
#TeamLi its what me heart says, two tight sets for Li Na!

[4] Petra Kvitova vs [2] 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.

Final 

[11] Li Na vs [2] 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… 😛

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16 Responses to Strawberries, cream, pimms…and maybe some tennis: 2012 Wimbledon Draw

  1. Couple interesting doubles pairings::

    MCHALE USA / PASZEK AUT
    RADWANSKA POL / RADWANSKA POL
    PEER ISR / WICKMAYER BEL
    FALCONI USA / SCHEEPERS RSA
    BARTHEL GER / KERBER GER

    TBA TBD Start Time
    Not Before:5:00 PM

    1. Ladies’ Singles – 1st Round
    Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[12] v. Mona Barthel (GER)

    • Mr. POokiE says:

      -I believe this is the second time Mona/Kerber have pair up for doubles.

      -The Radwanska sisters have paired up in the past they weren’t that good, hopefully they have improved.

      -Wicki/Peer yes, very interesting. I waiting to see Wicki rocking shorts again.

  2. Mr. PoOkiE says:

    Now that Mr. Caps brought up the subject of doubles I’ll begin with doubles then my rebuttal to the Queen Bee’s prediction.

    Double Talk
    Huber/Jerk have the number one seeding but lately they have been wobbling. They have a possible 2nd round date with the Aussies Stosur/ Casey which I consider a good pairing. I say Huber/Jerk go down, (FYI I’m biased against them), the other team that can possibly face them in the 4th round are the Spaniards Anabel/Aranxa.
    -At the bottom of the draw they have the number 4 seed Princess/Petrova. They have a much tougher draw Brinati/Babos in the 1st round, Williams sisters in the 2nd, Sania/Bethanie in third, Yaroslava/Galina in the 4th. I’m rooting for Princess/Petrova if they make it through but it is a killer draw.

    Note that the good team of King/Yaroslava is no more.

    At the bottom half of the draw you get interesting paring and matches:
    Errani/Vinci have the #2 seeding, they could meet Bambi/Pasnek in the 2nd round. Dimunitive/Dani H. vs.Mona/Kerber I’ll give the edge to the Czechs due to Dani’s experience. The most interesting part of the draw: Dulko/Suarez vs Falconi/Scheepers winner gets in 2nd round the winner of Radwanskas vs Wicki/Peer. You also have the dangerous Czechs Lucie/Andrea in this quarter of the draw.
    -In the last quarter you get the #3 seed Katarina/Kveta they also been wobbling and can be easily be upset. Talk bout interesting pairing Licki Bean/Su-Wei; also Nasti Pav/Safarova who against Furby/Flavia.

    Semis I have:
    The Aussies Stosur/Casey vs the Russians Princess/Petrova
    The Italians Errani/Vinci vs The Spaniards Maria/Nuria.
    Yeah, I’m crazy like the Queen Bee. 😛

  3. Mr. POokiE says:

    My rebuttal to Queen Bee’s prediction 😛

    I see Kerber going down in 3rd round to Bambi why? Is the Sponge Bart effect, Kerber killed herself to lose at last week’s tourney, she will be tired, run out gas against Bambi. In the 2nd round Makarena will give Kerber a fit.
    4th round: Kim/Bambi, Divapova/Mona (I’m biased)
    QF: Kim/Divapova
    Semis: Kim, whether is Kim or anybody else this quarter is murderous row they will lose in the semis.

    I see Aggie going deep, after all she says this is her fav surface.
    4th round: Aggie/Flavia, Princess/Stosur. Sorry Queen Bee but your finalist will go down against the Princess in 3rd round.
    QF: Aggie (Flavia will choke) vs. Princess (Stosur will choke, but I’m also biased)
    Semis: Aggie, she will take the advantage of the tired beat up opponent in the semis.

    4th round: Ostrich/Dimunitive, Yaroslava/Serena. I see Errani beating Coco but losing to Yaroslava. Yaroslava will give a fit to Serena.
    QF: Serena/Ostrich
    Semis: Ostrich

    Easiest draw.
    4th round: Mrs. Angry Bird vs unfortunately I see the Fist Pumping Imbecile. I hope the Queen Bee is right and have Kimiko take out Imbecile and Julia G. too easy of the draw for the Bunny/Sponge Bart. My damn luck!
    QF: Mrs. Angry Bird/Square Pants
    Semis: Mrs. Angry Bird hardly breaking a sweat.

    The winner of Ostrich/Mrs. Angry Bird will take the title, yes, that silver cheap imitation of the Mayan calendar. 😛

    Are we going to have Brain’s predictions at the QF again? 😛

  4. via Montreal Gazette>Blogs >Sports>Open Court

    Suspended, darkness
    [12] Vera Zvonareva (RUS) tied with Mona Barthel (GER) 26 76
    [28] Christina McHale (USA) tied with [WC] Johanna Konta (GBR) 67 62 77

    Retirements
    Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) def. Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 57 63 20 retd (left hip)

    Upsets
    Camila Giorgi (ITA) def [16] Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 64 63
    Kim Clijsters (BEL) def [18] Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 62 64
    Jamie Lee Hampton (USA) def [27] Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 64 76 (1)
    Stéphanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) def [29] Monica Niculescu (ROU) 64 36 63
    Elena Vesnina (RUS) def Venus Williams (USA) 61 63

    Seeds advancing
    [1] Maria Sharapova (RUS) def. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 62 63
    [3] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) def. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 63 63
    [5] Samantha Stosur (AUS) def. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 61 63
    [8] Angelique Kerber (GER) def. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 61
    [11] Na Li (CHN) def. Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) 63 61
    [15] Sabine Lisicki (GER) def Petra Martic (CRO) 64 62
    [17] Maria Kirilenko (RUS) def. Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) 63 61
    [20] Nadia Petrova (RUS) def. Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 60 62
    [23] Petra Cetkovska (CZE) def. Vania King (USA) 64 62
    [30] Shuai Peng (CHN) def. Sandra Zaniewska (POL) 62 67 (3) 63

    Other results (in alphabetical order)
    Timea Babos (HUN) def. [WC] Melanie Oudin (USA) 64 46 63
    Sorana Cirstea (ROU) def. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 64 61
    Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) def [WC] Naomi Broady (GBR) 64 76 (4)
    Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) def Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) 61 62
    Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) def. Virginie Razzano (FRA) 62 64
    Mathilde Johansson (FRA) def Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 36 60 63
    Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) def. Alberta Brianti (ITA) 62 36 63
    Ayumi Morita (JPN) def Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 64 63
    Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) def Vesna Dolonc (SRB) 57 60 75
    Arantxa Rus (NED) def. Misaki Doi (JPN) 75 63
    Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) def Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU) 46 64 10-8
    Sloane Stephens (USA) def. [Q] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 62 62
    Anna Tatishvili (GEO) def Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 64 62
    Heather Watson (GBR) def Iveta Benesova (CZE) 62 61

  5. Just won a Blackberry Bold 9900 & Playbook (unsure of specs on this one)

    WOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  6. Its a 32GB Playbook with 1GB ram but I’m not going to be happy with it. The cm7 rom I’m running now isn’t ready yet and apparently you can’t load all the android apps even with the new 2.0 stock update. Plus it’ll be stuck with old style apps. So I’m going to sell both of ’em, eh!

    06:30 Watson – Hampton – this SHOULD be a battle
    06:30 Lisicki – Jovanovski – this MIGHT be good
    06:30 Ivanovic – Martinez Sanchez
    06:30 Date-Krumm – K. Bondarenko
    06:30 Cetkovska – Stephens – this SHOULD be good
    08:00 Peng – Morita
    08:00 Stosur – Rus – this WILL be good only if Rus wins
    08:00 Errani – Vandeweghe (To Finish 6-1 5-3) – already over
    08:30 Hsieh – Foretz Gacon
    09:30 A. Radwanska – Vesnina – hmmm
    10:30 Zvonareva – Soler-Espinosa
    10:30 Wozniacki – Paszek – DOWN with the Bunny
    10:30 Sharapova – Pironkova – upset?
    11:00 Petrova – Babos – Belly dancer says she’s got this one in the bag
    12:00 Kirilenko – Dominguez Lino
    12:00 Clijsters – Hlavackova
    13:00 Tatishvili – Giorgi
    13:00 Kerber – Makarova – hmmm
    14:00 Li – Cirstea

    • Mr. PoOkie says:

      Maybe sell both notebooks that you won and buy the Xoom? BTW you are very lucky guy Caps, you keep winning stuff.

  7. Mr. PoOkie says:

    First of all I’m giving props to Queen Bee for the Giorgi over Pennetta upset.

    Tough luck for Errani who had match point against Coco the white buffalo 😛 and the match was called off.

    Divapova/Pironkova, the grass specialist can pulled the upset I expect a tough three setter about 2hrs and 30mins.

    Kerber/Makarena, like Pironkova, Makarena can pull the upset. I also expect a tough three setter.

    Chipmunk rolled over Na at RG 12, yep same result here unless Na self destructs.

    Bunny will be boiled (that is a reference to the 1987 movie “Fatal Attraction” with Michael Douglass and Glenn Close), bunnies are tasty too.

    Interesting Morita/Peng.

    I’m taking Licki bean, Giorgi to win (I’m jumping on the easy on the eyes Giorgi), and Petrova over Belly Dancer.

    Fashion Report
    This subject is better suited for Queen Bee, Brain, and Caps all I can say that this year on court the fashion has been lame, just look at the Stella McCurse line, nothing spectacular.

  8. Something tells me the Bunny lovers are going to be in hiding after her first round ouster! hahahahahahhaahahaha

  9. Mr. POoKiE says:

    Hi five to the Queen Bee who predicted Bunny’s demise in the first round! I’m glad I was wrong. Caps321’s evil laugh is heard all over the North America.

  10. Mr. PoOkiE says:

    The delay of the start of Bambi’s 2nd match to the next day helped her as well as the suspension of Divapova’s match helped Pironkova.

    Notable upsets in the 2nd round: Sponge Bart, Na, Stosur. Now Caps will no longer have the pleasure of seeing Square Pants grease ball hair, 😛 and by losing I lost my first quarter finalist. 😛

    Mrs. Angry is moving quietly she furiously destroyed her 2nd round opponent 6-0, 6-1, in 51mins.

    Notable Matches
    -Wicki out lasted Galina 8-6 in the third. Galina had 18 aces and 59 winners, with 2 double faults and 33 unforced errors.
    -Petrova defeated the Belly Dancer 9-7 in the third. No victory Belly Dance.

    Double Talk
    -Mona/Kerber got a beat down losing 0-6, 1-6.
    -Drama in the Bambi/Pasnek doubles match, a ball was call for double bouncing not to the liking of Bambi’s team. which Moi Lolita was blamed for calling out double bounce in the middle of play. Moi Lolita took it personal. After that Moi Lolita went into a slug fest with Bambi every time she had a chance. Bambi’s team won in straight sets. After the match Moi Lolita was sitting there with both hands on her face like saying, “What am I going to do next.”
    -Galina/Yaroslava team is on the same side of the bracket of Princess/Petrova damn! BTW Galina could be the older sister of Desdemona (prancing).

    Queen Bee you have lost 2 quarter finalist so far. 😛

    My rant: I find the on court tactics of veterans Daniela H. and Francesca S. as something at the bottom of an outhouse. Veterans should set the example not try these uncalled actions, all they are doing is desecrating their legacy, even more for Daniela.

  11. Mr. POokiE says:

    Caps my rebuttal to the commentator’s remark that Bambi “sounded like a junior” for saying too many “come ons”.

    I only saw the first set on replay but I got the idea, Bambi said her first “come on” in the 3rd game only once, twice in 4th game. Bambi wasn’t playing sharp, serve was off, shots were wide, she went down on the score 1-4. Bambi kept chipping away at the deficit, serving down 3-4 she trailed 15-40, Bambi came back to win the game and yelled “come on” 5 times. Same scenario at the 12th game, she also said “come on” 5 times. IMO she was pumped that she was coming back in the set, tying the score. and winning the set. I counted a total of 16 “come ons” in the set, the majority in the eighth and twelfth game. Bambi wasn’t looking at the opponent showing off ala Imbecile and many others while yelling come on. Maybe the commentator is a Johansson fan or I’m too much of a Bambi fan.

    Queen Bee and Brain your Nadal lost in the 2nd round. In 2008 Spain won the Euro Cup later that month Nadal won Wimbledon. Two years later Spain won the World Cup then Nadal won his 2nd Wimbledon title. Spain is once again in the Euro Cup final, this could mean Spain will lose in the final against Italy their arch-enemy. I think that game is going to be a boring scoreless game, into penalty kicks, but I think Spain will win. Shades of Italy in the 1994 World Cup. 😛

  12. Mr. PoOkie says:

    I predicted the Germans were going to have a bad showing and the Americans were going to be successful. The Germans went head to head against the Americans in the 3rd round, Kerber/Bambi and Sloane/Licki Bean, the Germans took it to the Americans now waiting for Caps’ woman Julia G. to take out the Imbecile.

    Peng moved to the 4th round under the radar it was about time she finally woke up.

  13. Thanks for the recap, Carlos!

    Clijsters/Kerber should be either excellent or a complete blowout by Kimmie.

    Never seen this Giorgi chick play but will when Aga gives her an old fashioned paddling.

    Princess should be able to get past Peng.

    Diva takes out Lisicki with no problem.

    Lepchenko/Ostrich might be interesting… or not.

    Paszek/Wicki will be good.

    If Julia can’t beat Imbecile I will expect her immediate retirement!

    Never seen this Cepelova chick either, will have to watch Bird’s match as well.

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