Unseeded Venus Williams, Clijsters Create Mayhem in Wimbledon Draw; Preview
by Staff | June 22nd, 2012, 10:46 am
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Former No. 1s Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters unseeded? Former champ Maria Sharapova the No. 1 seed after reclaiming the No. 1 ranking? Serena Williams lurking down at the No. 6 seed? Strawberries and cream half price?


We’re searching for new storylines for the 2012 version of Wimbledon, but it’s looking a lot like the same-old same-old between the “old guard” of the Williams sisters, Sharapova, Clijsters, etc. Isn’t this around the time of year that Justine Henin makes a comeback? Martina Hingis in doubles? Yawn…we need some shake-ups in women’s tennis. Was 2011 just a fluke for Petra Kvitova, who could not claim a grasscourt title coming into the All England Club this year?

Here’s a breakdown of the four quarters of the draw at 2012 Wimbledon:

Top Quarter

Seeds: (1) Maria Sharapova, (8) Angelina Kerber, (12) Vera Zvonareva, (15) Sabine Lisicki, (18) Jelena Jankovic, (23) Petra Cetkovska, (28) Christina McHale, (29) Monica Niculescu

Floaters: Kim Clijsters, Sloane Stephens

Notes: How about a (1) Sharapova vs. unseeded Clijsters QF?; Sharapova opens against fellow Russian Anastasia Rodionova, and Clijsters against (18) Jankovic, who can’t win pressure matches on grass (or anywhere?); Jankovic 1-6 career vs. Clijsters; possible third round featuring former world No. 2 (12) Zvonareva vs. former No. 1 Clijsters; (28) McHale gets the cake opener against Brit wildcard Johanna Konta; first Sharapova test probably not until 4th rd. against (15) Lisicki.

2nd Quarter

Seeds: (3) Aggie Radwanska, (5) Sam Stosur, (11) Li Na, (16) Flavia Pennetta, (17) Maria Kirilenko, (20) Nadia Petrova, (27) Daniela Hantuchova, (30) Shuai Peng

Floaters: Venus Williams, Melanie Oudin

Notes: Here’s where Venus lands, opening against Russian Elena Vesnina, with (3) Radwanska in the 2nd rd.; Oudin could face (20) Petrova 2nd rd.; not a lot of excitement in this quarter — (5) Stosur vs. Venus QF?

Third Quarter

Seeds: (4) Petra Kvitova, (6) Serena Williams, (10) Sara Errani, (13) Dominika Cibulkova, (19) Lucie Safarova, (24) Francesca Schiavone, (25) Jie Zheng, (31) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Floaters: (Q) Coco Vandeweghe, (WC) Laura Robson

Notes: Tough openers for the French Open finalist (10) Errani against the hard-hitting qualifying-toughened Vandeweghe, if the American can hold it together and cut down the regular flotilla of errors, and for (24) Schiavone against the Brit hope (WC) Robson; fast forward to the (4) Kvitova vs. (6) Serena QF.

Bottom Quarter

Seeds: (2) Victoria Azarenka, (7) Caroline Wozniacki, (9) Marion Bartoli, (14) Ana Ivanovic, (21) Roberta Vinci, (22) Julia Goerges, (26) Anabel Medina Garrigues, (32) Svetlana Kuznetsova

Floaters: Tamita Paszek, Yanina Wickmayer, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Shahar Peer, Simona Halep

Notes: Definitely the most competitive quarter with a number of seeds facing first-round upset possibilities including (7) Wozniacki vs. Paszek, (32) Kuznetsova vs. Wickmayer, (14) Ivanovic vs. Martinez Sanchez, (22) Goerges vs. Peer, and (26) Medina Garrigues vs. Halep; Woz lost first round at Eastbourne this month; (1) Azarenka opens against American Irina Falconi, and the draw only gets easier after that; (1) Azarenka vs. (9) Bartoli in the QF?

FEARLESS PREDICTIONS

Quarterfinals

(1) Sharapova d. Clijsters
Venus d. (5) Stosur
(6) Serena d. (4) Kvitova
(9) Bartoli d. (1) Azarenka

Semifinals

(1) Sharapova d. Venus
(6) Serena d. (9) Bartoli

Final

(6) Serena d. (1) Sharapova


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13 Comments for Unseeded Venus Williams, Clijsters Create Mayhem in Wimbledon Draw; Preview

dari Says:

Those are pretty fearless predictions! I would like it if they came true!


Kimberly Says:

Who made these crazy predictions hiding under the cloak of staff? Out yourself!


Raj Says:

Horrible predictions.. Surprised they didn’t predict Oudin in the final against Serena.

Go Kvitova!


M Says:

Where is Sloane?


jane Says:

I’m unsure about Serena; she’s missed out on finals in the last two slams, and she was upset at Wimbledon last year too. Sharapova – yeah, I could see it. She’s been on a roll, with finals at Wimbledon, AO and a title at FO. Kvitova, Radwanska, and Azarenka are all in with a shot.


boss Says:

wow this thread has 5 comments whereas the men’s thread has 100+ comments and both were put out at the same time…sadly this goes to show how unpopular women’s tennis really is…


scineram Says:

Venus is done. Just no.


jeanius Says:

You workin in a meth lab in West Virginia, or something? These predictions are outlandish, although I’d love to see these results.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Hey, jeanius, I’m from WV. I’m going to visit my parents there on Monday as a matter of fact! I know it’s a backwards state, but it’s not the only place in the country with a meth problem. Let’s say “a meth lab in Kentucky” instead, OK?

Venus is the most outlandish pick here. I would love to see her do well, but no way is it going to happen. :(


Kimmi Says:

So Clijsters pulls of in her semi match with abdominal injury. another injury for kim, feeling so sorry for her. Hopefully it is just precaution and nothing serious. she really wanted to play wimbledon. Good luck Kim.

Enjoyed the final in eastbourne. kerber vs tamira paszek. great match with more winners than errors from both. That is what we want to see.

Congrats to paszek for winning today.


Kimmi Says:

could venus go through radwanska? she lost to her twice really badly this year. Venus meets Aggie in the second round. There is a 90% chance that match will happen. We will see..


Kimmi Says:

“clisters pull of” should be pulls OUT


Colin Says:

Why has there always got to be a “storyline”. It’s a tennis tournament. Let’s just enjoy the bloody tennis!

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