Thursday, June 30, 2016

Wimbledon: Taking the scenic route through early rounds

Surprisingly, Wimbledon has begun with just a touch of rain. At least there is a roof at Wimbledon, so there's a hope of the tournament ending sometime soon. Today, they're going to try to play 60 singles matches to get the schedule caught up. I'm sure I've said this before, but why do most major tournaments continue to hold their tournaments at exactly the worst times? Australia: Heat wave every year. French Open: Cold. No roof. Wimbledon: Rain. U.S. Open: Well, the U.S. Open is perfect and they have night matches.
But I digress. As the draw gets caught up, let's take a look at some of the matches we know are coming. There aren't many so far:

Novak Djokovic v. Sam Querrey: If this weren't Wimbledon, it'd be a whitewash. But the serve means a lot here, so Querrey should win about 4-6 games.

Roger Federer v. Daniel Evans: I only mention this because the Brits will be wont to do what they do every year, which is act like they have up-and-comers who are giant slayers. This Evans guy can't be bad, having beating Alexandr Dolgopolov, but I'm going to go ahead and give the tiny edge to the guy who's basically won Evan's age in slams.

Serena Williams v. Christina McHale: She's only played one round so far, but Serena's looking very no-nonsense so far.

Timea Bacsinszky v. Monica Niculescu: Still think this could be really interesting with the combating styles.

Petra Kvitova v. Ekaterina Makarova: Talk about interesting. I don't think this going to go well for Petra. Just not.

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