Saturday, June 29, 2019

2019 WIMBLEDON: Analysis of Men's and Women's Draw

The draw for 2019 Wimbledon is out! On the men's side World #1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic is seeded #1. On the women's side, the (brand new) World #1 is Ash Barty, who is also seeded #1 but the defending champion is Angie Kerber.

The projected women's quarterfinals by seedings are:
  • Ashleigh Barty (AUS) [1] v Angelique Kerber (GER) [5]
  • Kiki Bertens (NED) [4] v Petra Kvitova (CZE) [6]
  • Naomi Osaka (JPN) [2] v Simona Halep (ROU) [7]
  • Karolina Plisova (CZE) [3] v 8 Elina Svitolina (UKR) [8] 
The projected men's quarterfinals by seedings are:

  • Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Stefanos Tsitsipas(GRE) [7]
  • Kevin Anderson (RSA) [4] v Alexander Zverev (GER) [6]
  • Roger Federer (SUI) [2] v Kei Nishikori (JPN) [8]
  • Rafael Nadal (ESP) [3] v Dominic Thiem (AUT) [5]

First Round Matches To Watch:
  • Coco Gauff (USA) versus Venus Williams (USA)
  • Alison Riske (USA) versus Donna Vekic (CRO) [23]
  • Samantha Stosur  (AUS) versus Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [30]
  • Dominic Thiem (AUT) [5] versus Sam Querrey (USA)
  • Frances Tiafoe (USA) versus Fabio Fognini (ITA)[12]
  • Lucas Pouille (FRA) [27]  versus Richard Gasquet (FRA)

Serena Williams is seeded #11 on the women's side while some people are complaining that 2017 champion Roger Federer was moved up to the #2 seed, but he also drew Nadal into his semifinal bracket, while Djokovic gets last year's finalist Kevin Anderson who has been hampered with an injury all year. The last time Federer and Nadal met at Wimbledon was in the 2008 final, now called the "Greatest Match of the Century."  Can history repeat itself?

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