Wimbledon: Day 1 Preview

I don’t see any major shocks happening today. The top players all have fairly easy draws and shouldn’t have too many problems.

The most interesting match in the men’s singles is between Stan Wawrinka and Lleyton Hewitt. This is one match where there could be an upset. Wawrinka is in good form at the moment and played well in his most recent grass court tournament. Unfortunately he has drawn the most dangerous unseeded player around in Hewitt who reached the semis at Queen’s. I think Hewitt’s love of Wimbledon could see him win this one.

The other British men (apart from Murray) playing today both have chances of progressing. The promising Kyle Edmund plays a seed in Janowicz but Janowicz has no great experience on grass. Ward plays Lu of Taipei who has a good Wimbledon record but is out of form currently.

The most interesting women’s match is between America’s great prospect Sloane Stephens and her countrywoman Jamie Hampton. Both did well at Roland Garros and although Stephens is the seeded player but Hampton reached the final at Eastbourne and may well win.

The British women have tricky matches. Elena Baltacha won at Nottingham recently and may beat Falvia Pennetta. I don’t see Anne Keothavong beating Muguruza who did well last week in Holland. Konta faces a former world number one in Jelena Jankovic but Jankovic is always vulnerable at Wimbledon and this could be closer than many think.

Maria Sharapova may have a slight scare against Mladenovic in her match but should come through and Ana Ivanovic is never too happy on grass. She plays an experienced player in Razzano and may have to work hard to win.

 

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