Confusion on Women’s Side Kicks Off 2009 Wimbledon
Can world No. 1 Dinara Safina make it 0-4 in Slam finals?
Can the Williams sisters prove they can still win by the sheer power of will after each exited prior to the final at Roland Garros?
Are the Serbs for real or brief No. 1 pretenders?
Has Maria Sharapova dismissed her chances this year after shoulder surgery to fly under the radar?
Can hot-handed comers such as Sam Stosur and Caroline Wozniacki make an impact?
Wimbledon begins Monday at the All England Club featuring a new roof and a lot of confusion on the women’s side, where no one seems to ready to step up and take the champion’s mantle in the absence of Justine Henin, who abruptly retired last year.
Matches of interest on Monday are (2) Serena Williams vs. Portugal’s Neuza Silva, former champ (24) Maria Sharapova vs. the Ukraine’s, an all-Russian meeting in Alla Kudryavtseva vs. (4) Elena Dementieva, (23) Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone, Taipei’s Yung-Jan Chan vs. the possibly injured (12) Marion Bartoli, a name game challenge in (27) Alisa Kleybanova vs. Sesil Karatantcheva, and Japanese veteran Ai Sugiyama vs. (21) Patty Schnyder.
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