Thursday, 21 June 2012

Pimms o'clock

With the draw upon us tomorrow, the rankings have been decided and no real surprises with the men top four for Wimbles ; Djoko, Rafa, Feds and Muzza. Wimbledon has to be the one time in the year where you actually remember it is summer in Britain as our weather doesn't seem to lend any favours.  Last year the woman's game saw the rise of the young Czech star Kvitova with her hard hitting ground strokes dominating Sharapova.  But with Maria following on from great form from Roland Garros and seeded number one will this be her time to regain the title for the first time since her break through as a 17 year old.
Unsurprisingly all media attention however begins to swarm around our male British number one. A very disappointing first round knock out for Andy at Queens but with all the controversy of this year's final it has perhaps done him justice with the media pressure. For me, the biggest question is whether he beleives this year he can beat the three men ranked above him. In fact, I have no doubt he does but will his temprement stay true. Often letting him down in games- his erratic shouting to his box, his racket and at himself. If he could channel these emotions and focus more on the job in hand would he be able to get through these sticky patches and win? Perhaps also the consistency of his first serve needs to be looked at when his temper strays. Nonetheless he is our best chance with the rest of the British contingent in as wild cards ; James Ward, Jamie Baker, Josh Goodall and Oliver Golding. 
Me and my best friend at Centre Court
Looking at the British woman; Laura Robson, Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Heather Watson, Johanna Konta and potentially a few successful wild cards. This Wimbledon line up is perhaps the most promising British woman's tennis has seen for a while purely with regards to their depth in numbers. Here's hoping some of them make an impact past the first few rounds as I am sure there is definitely no lack of support behind them all!

C'mon Murray!

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