First off, just a little bit of explanation. A Grand Slam tournament (there are 4 in all, the Australian Open played on rubberized "Rebound Ace" hardcourts, the French Open on clay courts, Wimbledon on grass, and the US Open on hardcourts again) is played on a single elimination format, which means that if you lose one match, then you're out of the tournament (Go home, get some sleep, and practice some more because you probably need more of it). The Draw of a tournament determines who you play in the first round, then the second round, the third round and so on until the Finals (there are seven rounds in all.) Click Here for the link to the Wimbledon 2005 Draw
Now these are just some predictions of mine so just chill if you don't agree.
The Ladies' Draw
Lindsay Davenport(USA) vs Svetlana Kuznetsova(RUS)
- Another 4th round match between current world number 1 Lindsay and former world number 1 Kim Clijsters(BEL), a rematch of their French Open clash, but this time it's on grass which is Lindsay's better surface. (Edited to add on 6/19: Kim just won the Eastbourne Grass tune-up tournament, which means she's in good form going in to Wimbledon. Lindsay should expect a tougher match.)
Amelie Mauresmo(FRA) vs Jelena Jankovic(SCG)
- Amelie lost her first match on grass in Eastbourne a couple of days ago, but I just don't see anyone on this section having the game to challenge her (Karolina Sprem(CRO) is a potential 3rd round opponent, but she's not having a very good year so far.) Serbian Jelena Jankovic is very capable of beating #9 Anastasia Myskina(RUS) (still struggling with her current state) and #6 Elena Dementieva(RUS) (the faster grass courts won't do any favors for her serves).
Justine Henin-Hardenne(BEL) vs Serena Williams(USA)
- This is the toughest section of the draw, i think, with Justine, Ana Ivanovic(SCG) (see her pic on the previous post), Mary Pierce(FRA), the Williams sisters Venus(USA) and Serena all stuck together (and how unlucky can my girl Daniela(SVK) be, she's on this part of the draw too.)
Maria Sharapova(RUS) vs Nadia Petrova(RUS)
- This is probably the best quarter Maria could have ever dreamed of being placed in, she could have some trouble though with Anna-Lena Groenefeld(GER) in the fourth round if she's not on peak form... If she survives Groenefeld and Petrova, a meaty quarterfinal match awaits her vs either Justine or Serena.
The men's draw is always hard to predict since a big server could always drop bombs until he gets to the final, whoever his opponent may be...
So I'll cut to the chase:
Roger Federer(SUI) vs Andy Roddick(
Roger could face Juan Carlos Ferrero(ESP) in the fourth round, and a tough quarterfinal encounter to follow vs (take your pick) Joachim Johansson(SWE), Greg Rusedski(GBR), or Fernando Gonzales(ESP) all of whom can give the Fed Express a hard time if they play their best tennis.
Roger vs ... (um... I don't know who to choose) Mikhael Youzhny(RUS) na lang para maiba, hehe (He's been to the 4th round twice).
Lleyton Hewitt(AUS) looks to have an easy draw until the quarters, where his opponent is harder to predict. It could be Aussie Open champ Marat Safin(RUS), but he'll have to beat Srichaphan(THA) in round 1, Mark Philippoussis(
Hewitt vs (hides behind a huge rock to avoid dagger looks from the Safinettes of PEx) Mario Ancic (but I think if Safin beats Philippoussis, he'll gain enough momentum to carry him through to the semis vs Roger)
This is the most wide open quarter of all. I think Tommy Haas(GER) has a good chance of making the quarters. So does Thomas Johansson(SWE). I really don't know how French Open champ Nadal(ESP) plays on grass but he is slated to play Richard Gasquet(FRA) in the third round (again). I think it could be Gasquet who wins this time.
Haas vs Gasquet (Edited to add on 6/19: Richard Gasquet won his first ATP title at the Nottingham Open this week, on grass, which would boost his confidence definitely. And at least we know he does play well on grass.)
Tim Henman(GBR) has a good draw until he faces Sebastian Grosjean(FRA) in the 4th round... Roddick might also have a hard time vs Ivo Karlovic(CRO) in the second round, but he'll survive that match and go on to the finals(i think)...
Henman vs Roddick
Having said that, I'm still rooting fror Federer and Daniela to win... (I know, Daniela doesn't stand a chance, but damn, can you really refuse that beautiful face?)
Wimbledon kicks off Monday, June 20.