As I predicted, no major shocks yesterday!!
Nadal apart, I did manage to get a few predictions right yesterday. I will try again and say that I don’t foresee any major upsets today.
There are a few interesting matches today. The two male finalists at Eastbourne last week have been drawn against each other in the first round here. At Eastbourne, Feliciano Lopez, a Spaniard who likes grass, beat Gilles Simon. Simon is the seeded player here and it should be a close match but Lopez may well win again.
Former Queens winner Sam Querrey faces Bernard Tomic who reached the quarter-final at Wimbledon two years ago. Tomic appears to have lost his way since but is talented and may cause an upset.
Kevin Anderson faces a player who loves Wimbledon in Olivier Rochus. Rochus’s best days may be behind him but he always has to be respected.
Two players in excellent grass court form clash when 16th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber plays Ivan Dodig. This could be a close one but I just favour Kohlschreiber.
The women also have some good matches. The most intriguing is the clash between Sabine Lisicki and Francesca Schiavone. Lisicki is a grass court specialist with three appearances in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in four years. She is playing reasonably well but isn’t in the form of two years ago when she made the semis. Schiavone is a clay court specialist but has reached the last eight at Wimbledon herself. She is a real fighter and I fancy this will be a tight match.
The top two British players in action will be hoping to do better than the British women yesterday who didn’t win a set between them. Laura Robson plays Maria Kirilenko who reached the quarters last year but previously underachieved at SW19. Robson’s form on grass hasn’t been good this year and she will need to improve to win this one. However, she isn’t without a chance. It is hard to see Heather Watson beating Madison Keys. Watson’s health problems have affected her season while Keys has been playing well.
Elsewhere Wimbledon specialist Tsvetana Pironkova could beat seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Daniela Hantuchova won the tournament at Edgbaston recently and should beat 32nd seed Klara Zakapalova. Li Na is the 6th seed but has been in terrible form this summer and may have a trouble against Michaella Krajicek.