Thursday, 13 June 2013

2013 Wimbledon Tournament Preview: 5 Stories - Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams


For the next ten days, we will highlight some key stories to follow at this year's Wimbledon tournament for the top seeds in both the men's and women's singles events.   We will begin with the current top ranked ATP and WTA players, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.


NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB)

Current ATP Rank: 1
2012 Wimbledon Result: Semifinal
Best Ever Result: Champion (2011)

1. Djokovic is coming off a tough semifinal loss to eventual champion Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, a match where he was up a break in the final set only to lose 9-7 after almost five hours.

2. Last year, Djokovic suffered a four set loss to Roger Federer in Wimbledon semifinals (coming in as the defending champion.  

3. Later in the summer, Djokovic didn't fare much better back at Wimbledon for the London Olympics, losing to Andy Murray in the semifinal, then losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the bronze medal match, finishing fourth place overall and without a medal.

4. Djokovic has opted not to play a grass court warm up tournament before Wimbledon (he did not play a warm up event the year he won Wimbledon in 2011).

5. While he currently has a rather sizable lead over second ranked Andy Murray atop the ATP Rankings, Rafael Nadal has the possibility to overtake Djokovic as early as the Asian hard court swing in the early fall (as Nadal will have no points to defend after Wimbledon, taking the rest of 2012 off due to injury).


SERENA WILLIAMS (USA)

Current WTA Rank: 1
2012 Wimbledon Result: Champion
Best Ever Result: Champion (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012)

1. Williams won her second Roland Garros trophy (the first being in 2002) with a straight set victory over Maria Sharapova.

2. Last year, Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title, winning the final in three sets over Agnieszka Radwanska.  

3. Later in the summer, Williams was back to her winning ways at Wimbledon, sweeping both the women's singles and doubles gold medals at the London Olympics, bringing her overall medal haul to four gold medals overall.

4. Williams is currently on a 31 match winning streak (her last loss to Victoria Azarenka in the final of Doha in February), the longest of her career.

5. Should she win her sixth Wimbledon this year, Williams will join a list of 6 time winners that includes Blanche Bingley, Suzanne Lenglen (both winning all of their titles in the pre-Open era) and Billie Jean King (2 titles in the pre-Open era, and 4 titles in the Open era).  

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