When a 17 year old Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon back in 2004 you wouldn’t have thought in 2015 it would have been her only Wimbledon title to date. As of the 29th of June (when Wimbledon begins) it would have been 4012 days (10 years, 11 months and 25 days). It’s remarkable to think it’s been this long since she won the title, however will she win the title again?
After winning the title back in 2004 she then followed up with two semi-final performances in a row in 2005 and 2006 but since then it hasn’t worked out for her. Sharapova has struggled at times in her career with her shoulder injury in the past but to go so long without picking up the trophy again is a great shame. Since 2007 she has gone out of the tournament in the second round on three occasions, the fourth round on four occasions and lost in the final of 2011 to Petra Kvitova.
Since 2010 Sharapova has lot to Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, Sabine Lisicki, Michelle Larcher de Brito and Angelique Kerber. In my opinion the only one which is a surprise is losing to Michelle Larcher de Brito who actually had a very good week in Birmingham getting through qualifying and knocking out the top seed Ana Ivanovic. I’m not saying Maria doesn’t have the quality to win the tournament as she is one of the best in the world but I feel other plays are better on grass. Serena, Kvitova, Lisicki, Kerber, Wozniacki and many more can pose problems for her on the surface and if she is going to win the title again she will have to be at her very best.
If Sharapova is going to go far in the tournament then she will have to do it the hard way. She will face Johanna Konta in the first round who has had a tremendous few weeks on grass and 6 weeks on the tour and a home crowd behind it she could cause problems. The next couple of rounds should be pretty easy for Maria unless she plays fellow Russian Daria Gavrilova who has beaten Maria this year but pulled out of her match with Sloane Stephens in Eastbourne last week with an abdominal injury.
After the fourth round is where it gets tricky. She could face Pliskova or Safarova (who beat her at Roland Garros) in the quarter finals and if she can get through this then someone she hasn’t beaten for 10 years in Serena Williams stands in her way. Can she finally win Wimbledon again and maybe even beat Serena Williams?