Brit Watch – Wimbledon 2016

From the world number two to a player ranked 775 in the world, 15 British players will take to stage at Wimbledon but who will be in action in the first few days?

Andy Murray v Liam Broady

You wait ten years for Andy Murray to play a British player and now the world number two is about to get his third in three weeks. Liam made the second round of Wimbledon last year after coming from two sets down to defeat Marinko Matosevic but Andy Murray will be a much tougher opponent and I can only see a win for Murray in this one.

James Ward v Novak Djokovic

James Ward could do Andy Murray a big favour, Djokovic is in the other half of the draw but it will take something monumental for Ward to beat Djokovic. James has claimed some big wins in the past but I think this might be too much for the Brit.

Kyle Edmund v Adrian Mannarino

I think Kyle should be expected to win this, he had a good week in Queens making the quarter finals and took a set off Andy Murray the only issue is if he does defeat Mannarino then Novak Djokovic will most likely be his opponent in round two. Tough.

Alexander Ward v David Goffin

Another tough draw for a British player. Alex will have his work cut out against Goffin who is relentless and just doesn’t stop running. It be interesting to see how long in the first set Ward can stick with Goffin but I’d expect the Belgium number one to have too much for him.

Dan Evans v Jan-Lennard Struff

I think Dan Evans could be one to watch. The Brit has continued to improve throughout the year and has broken the top 100 in the world and I think he could make the third round and possibly line-up against Roger Federer. He has the game to defeat Struff and in round two would play either Donskoy or Dolgopolov who can be a tricky customer on the grass as we saw at Queens Club last year when he defeat Rafael Nadal.

Aljaz Bedene v Richard Gasquet

Another tough opening round draw for a British player. Gasquet is an exceptional grass court player Bedene could cause him some problems but if the Frenchman is allowed to get into his rhythm and dictate points from the baseline especially with the baseline it could be a long afternoon for the British player.

Marcus Willis v Ricardis Berankis

It’s the unknown of this years Championships. After winning 6 matches in qualifying the world number 775 is in the main draw of Wimbledon. On paper there should only be one winner between these two but when the script isn’t usually followed at these major events and what a story it would be for Marcus Willis!

Tara Moore v Alison Van Uytvanck

Tara has had a good couple of weeks on the grass court and faces an opponent who has struggled this year with just two main draw wins and has fallen outside the top 100 in the world after suffering with injury issues last year. If Tara can continue her good form a place in round two is on the cards.

Heather Watson v Annika Beck

Heather played one of the matches of the tournament last year at Wimbledon in her narrow loss to Serena Williams and that is on the cards again in round three but Annika Beck will be a tough opponent for the British number two and I’d like to see Heather go on a good run again at Wimbledon but I think Beck might just edge it…

Katie Swan v Timea Babos

Katie is tipped for a big future and where else to make a name for yourself than on the biggest stage in the world? Timea Babos is a good server and grass suits her game so it will be a tough challenge for the British teenager but I think we could have a round one upset with this one.

Laura Robson v Angelique Kerber

Laura Robson can’t get a break at the moment. The Brit seems to get the tough draws and it doesn’t get much tougher than Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber however these two have history. In 2011 Laura Robson received a wildcard for Wimbledon and did defeat Kerber in round one, it would take something incredible to repeat this but it would be one of the feel good stories of the tournament to see Robson winning again!

Naomi Broady v Elina Svitolina

Last but not least is Naomi Broady v Elina Svitolina. The Brit has had a good year on the cracking the top 100 and Svitolina will be a tough player. The Ukrainian’s all round game is solid, I’ve not seen too much of her on grass and if Naomi can get that serve and slice into play quite quickly I think Naomi could cause an upset here!

 

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