The game has been dominated by the few – Serena, Maria, Novak, Rafael, Roger…the usual suspects, so while there’s not likely to be surprise winner at Wimbledon 2013 (even someone slipping past Williams’ and Sharapova’s verbal volleys), who can make some noise extending into the second week of play?
Former champion Lleyton Hewitt comes in unseeded but has done well on grass of recent. His crown hopes will have to go through Nadal.
Though she faces a tough draw, 22 year-old American Sloane Stephens can use the ego boost of a semifinal appearance at the Australian Open to help her rise to the occasion.
German power server Tommy Hass defeated another power pitcher in American John Isner last month at the French Open. But at 35, time is not on his side.
Isner’s power serve could work well on grass and he has wins over Djokovic and Federer, but he’ll have to overcome a weak grand slam record so far, as he’s only made it to one Grand Slam quarterfinal (2011 U.S. Open) and lost in the first round of the 2012 Wimbledon.
Though she comes in unseeded American Jamie Hampton is on top of her game. She’ll need it because she’ll likely have to get by fellow countrywoman Stephens to advance.
2012 quarterfinalist Philipp Kohlschreiber, the 29-year-old German, has the tools but needs to show more consistency. Still, he can ride a hot streak as well as anyone out there.
Like Kohlschreiber, Austrian Tamira Paszek is quite streaky, but to her credit she has reached back-to-back quarterfinals.
Lanky 24 year-old Croatian Marin Cilic is no fluke at 10th seed, having made the finals of the recent Queen’s Club. But he’ll have to get by the person who beat him in that final, Andy Murray.
Marion Bartoli, the 28 year-old French woman, has beaten Serena at Wimbledon before, was a finalist in 2007 and reached the quarterfinals year before last.
Women’s Final: Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova
Winner: Serena Williams
Men’s Finals: Andy Murray vs. Novak Djokovic
Winner: Novak Djokovic