Wimbledon 2015 Preview

It’s that time of the year again where Strawberry and Cream sales rocket. The grass courts are cut and ready and 128 players on both the men’s and the woman’s tour will battle it out over the next two weeks to take home the famous trophy. Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova are the defending champions and will open play on Monday but can they retain their titles?

Brit Watch

Surely there is no better way to start that talking about the British players in the draw. Andy Murray, James Ward, Liam Broady, Kyle Edmund, Brydan Klein, Aljaz Bedene, Heather Watson, Naomi Broady, Johanna Konta and Laura Robson are all direct entrants into the main draw at Wimbledon.

Andy Murray is one of the favourites for the tournament with his incredible tennis this year and recently won the Queens title. Johanna Konta and Heather Watson have both been in incredible form these last few weeks with both securing some exceptional wins on the grass.

If you want to read more about the British players at Wimbledon then click on the link below 🙂

Brit Watch – Wimbledon 2015

Lleyton Hewitt’s last Wimbledon!

Former world number one and Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt will take to Wimbledon for the last time in his career as he is due to retire after next January’s Australian Open. Lleyton has received a wildcard for the tournament and is only playing selected tournaments up until his retirement. He recently played his last match at Queen’s where he is a four time champion along with the likes of John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray and Boris Becker.

Lleyton may not be the man with 10+ Grand Slam titles to his name but when he does retire he will go down as one of the greats. He’s had a lot of ups and downs in his career but has always played the game his way.

Can Bouchard defend her points?

At Wimbledon last year Bouchard beat Petkovic, Cornet, Kerber and Halep on her way to the final before losing to Petra Kvitova in the final where she was blown off court. Genie has 1300 points to defend which is a massive amount and to do it again this year would be the achievement of the year with the way her form has been in 2015.

To beat four players in the top 30 in one Slam is very good for a young player however with her struggles this year I can’t see that being done again especially as she hasn’t beaten a player in the top 30 all year. Defending points is very tough, I personally don’t think she will get past the fourth round and if she doesn’t she could lose just over 1000 points and fall outside the top 20 in the world. On the race to the WTA Finals in Singapore despite Bouchard being 12th on the rankings in the race she is outside the top 30 already.

Bouchard was playing Belinda Bencic in Eastbourne and I felt she was the better of the two in the opening set if you take in her attacking play and the points she won off the backhand however the error count again was miles too high and Bencic broke for 5-4 and then served out the set for 6-4. In the second set Bouchard literally capitulated losing 12 points in a row and going down a double break at 3-0. At this point Bouchard called on the trainer and apparently had an abdominal problem and decided to retire which I thought was odd. Bouchard said she will play Wimbledon even if she could only play on one leg!

Djokovic favourite?

Being the world number one obviously comes with some pressure. Going into every tournament you are considered as the favourite and as defending champion you’d want to make an impression and set the standards for everyone else to follow. Novak’s consistency in Grand Slams since Wimbledon 2010 is insane. He has reached at least the semi-finals in 19 out of his last 20 Grand Slam appearances which is incredible! The only players he has lost to in a major final since 2010 are Nadal, Murray and Wawrinka. I’m not expecting Rafa to put up a big fight at all and I think the only players who could stop Novak are Andy, Roger and Stan.

Belinda Bencic

Belinda is one of the ones to watch at Wimbledon. The 18 year old has progressed again this year on the tour and will be seeded at 30th for Wimbledon. I think Belinda can be a very good player despite all the hype around her she has got her feet on the ground and knows what she has to do to improve. She recorded some good wins against Madison Keys, Eugenie Bouchard and Agnieszka Radwanska on her way to winning the title in Eastbourne. Her all round game has been very good. Not only is she a good defender but also a good attacker. I think her serve in a few years could be one of the best on the tour and right now it is a very good serve with a lot of variation. Could Belinda be one to watch on the grass?

LINKS!

Can Simona Halep get back on track at Wimbledon?

Will Rafael Nadal find his form at Wimbledon?

Can Maria Sharapova find success at Wimbledon for the first time since 2004?

Brit Watch – Wimbledon 2015 

Wimbledon 2015 – Ones to watch

Can Serena Williams keep the Calendar Grand Slam going at Wimbledon?

Konta v Sharapova Preview – How can Jo upset Maria? 

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