The 132nd edition of ‘Wimbledon‘ is all set to kick-start from tomorrow. The defending champion Roger Federer, who has 8 All England Club titles, will be looking to continue his great form and win the record 9th title on the grass court. On the other hand, ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal is on a high after winning unbelievable 11th French Open title earlier this month. He will be looking to end the fourth round jinx and go ahead in the second week of the tournament. Nadal hasn’t crossed the fourth round in his last four Wimbledon appearances.
Meanwhile, here we take a look at top 10 players to watch out for in both men’s and women’s singles draw
There is no doubt that Roger Federer is the best grass court player ever since he has won the most number of titles in the open era. With winning the last year’s All England Championship, Federer went past his idol Pete Sampras who has seven Wimbledon titles. The ‘King of grass’ took a break from the clay court season for the straight second year and came roaring back by winning the Stuttgart Open. Federer is looking confident and comfortable on the grass and is ready to retain his title and make it nine this year.
The 17 time -grand slam champion Rafael Nadal reclaimed the world No 1 ranking from old rival Roger Federer after the champion lost the final at Halle. The Spaniard hasn’t won at the All England Club since 2011. Since reaching the final in five consecutive Wimbledon appearances from 2006-11, hasn’t been past the fourth round. The two-time Wimbledon champion has decided to play an exhibition event at the Hurlingham Club to tune up to Wimbledon.
The last year’s runner-up Marin Cilic was left in tears during the final against Roger Federer. It was his first All England Club final and was battling a blister on his right foot during the match after which he lost the game 3-6, 1-6, 4-6. However, now, Cilic was different player when he met the same opponent in the Australian Open where he lost in five sets. Looking back at his last few performances especially after winning at Halle, Cilic must be fencing about his chances of this year’s Championship.
The former world No 1 and 11-time grand slam champion, Novak Djokovic’s search for a Grand Slam continues since last two years. Djokovic won four back-to-back Grand Slams from Wimbledon 2015 to French Open 2016, but thereafter he was far from his best. Last year, he made it to the quarters at SW19. This year also, he may not have shown any sign of major comeback, but he can turn around his career at any moment. And his fans are eagerly waiting for the moment.
The young Aussie is the one I always look forward to and there are chances of hoping him to make a big breakthrough because he has more natural tennis ability than anyone outside the ‘Top Four’. He has unbelievable serve, plays good at baseline game and can also change the direction of the ball perfectly. He will be tough to beat if he’s mentally and physically fit and strong. Nick hasn’t got past the last 16 since beating Nadal in 2014, but I’d really like to see him deliver this year.
The Women’s World No 1 Simona Halep does fancy her chances of winning another Grand slam this year after the French Open. Halep has been ranked No 1 since October 2017 and though she failed to win any grand slam till earlier this month, at the French Open, It was her third final and she pulled out an amazing victory to get hold at her first grand slam title. She does boast of two quarter-finals and one semi-final from her last four Wimbledon appearances.
The former world No 1 and 23-grand slam champion Serena Williams is back on court after embracing motherhood last year. He made her first grand slam appearance at French Open where her run to the last 16 ended with pectoral injury. However, regardless of that and the low ranking the ‘Champion’s is back and she is barring her injury issues, Williams can be a serious contender for yet another Wimbledon triumph.
The defending champion Garbine Muguruza is one of the leading contenders to stop Serena from making a winning return at Wimbledon. The Spaniard displayed a good show at the French Open. She had an amazing last year as she dropped just one set and routed Venus Williams to win her maiden All England Championship. Her big-hitting qualities at grass makes her the top grass players.