Thursday, July 4, 2013

2013 Wimbledon: The Semifinals.... We Think?

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After so many upsets and withdrawals the 2013 Wimbledon semifinals are FINALLY set. No doubt it has been a strange and puzzling tournament with so many of the top players being eliminated in the early rounds. Probably of the 8 men and women still standing-- maybe 3 or 4 were expected to still be alive come the semifinals.

On the men's side--
  • World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and World No. 2 Andy Murray are no-brainers.  Everyone expected these two men to reach the semifinals.
  • World No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro is somewhat of a surprise but not exactly a shocker. Del Potro is having a great year thus far and he's still the only player (other than the Big 4) in the Top 10 with a Grand Slam title under his belt. The 2009 U.S. Open champion is no stranger to Grand Slam semifinals tennis.
  • World No. 22 Jerzy Janowicz of Poland is a huge surprise. Chances are not too many people in tennis circles expected this 22-year old kid to be in the semifinals. But nonetheless, with the help of earlier upsets, he fought his way through and became the first Polish player ever to reach a Grand Slam semifinals.   
On the women's side--
  • World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska is the only non-surprise. The 2012 runner-up held serve and won her end of the bracket for the second year in a row.
  • World No. 24 Sabine Lisicki is somewhat of a surprise after she stunned World No. 1 Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. Surprising, yes. Shocking, no. Let's not forget the 23-year old German is a very good grass-court player and has performed extremely well at Wimbledon in recent years.
  • World No. 15 Marion Bartoli is no stranger to the Wimbledon semifinals. The 2007 runner-up benefited from all the earlier upsets and is in great position to return to the Wimbledon final.
  • World No. 20 Kirsten Flipkens is making her first-ever semifinals appearance at a Grand Slam event. She too benefited from all the earlier upsets in this strangest of Wimbledon. 
Strange, yes, but nonetheless, the semifinals are set!  

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