Drama at the All England Club:
Wimbledon 2013 Predictions


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I love all sports, but tennis has always stolen my heart. I played for 12 years as an adolescent, then reactivated my skills as the captain of The First Academy’s Girls Tennis Team for two years. While my athleticism has far faded, my love for the game remains more palpable than ever.
 

.the good old tennis playin’ days.

 
Wimbledon, the most prestigious of all Grand Slam tournaments ((in my humble opinion)), began on June 24th, and the finals will be this Sunday, July 7th. What’s unique about this particular tournament, however, is that SO many of the key power players fell victim to early exits. Serena? Gone. Roger & Nadal? Nope. This is the first time in 36 consecutive major quarterfinals that Roger Federer will not be a contender, as he was defeated by the world number 116 in the second round, and even worse, Nadal was stunned in the first round by the world number 135. What. the. heck?
 
Now, I’m a Djokovic fan, although my mom refers to him as “the brat,” and he currently ranks #1 in the world and just won his Quarter-Finals match this morning, advancing him to the Semi-Finals. However, I’m majorly rooting for Andy Murray. Ever since Roddick retired last year, Murray has been my go-to favorite, and after his heartbreaking loss on home turf to Federer in the 2012 finals, I’m eagerly crossing my fingers for Andy to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the coveted, grass-court Grand Slam. I’m sad to say, though, that he is currenlty ALSO losing to an unseeded player in the Quarter-Finals (0-2) as we speak. Get it together, Andy!

 

.Center Court at Wimbledon.

 

Oh, and although I’ve forced my crush (ie.obsession) to dissipate, I do very much miss Andy Roddick’s interaction with the umpires. Let’s just say… sportsmanship isn’t what America is known for in tennis. Inappropriate, but oh-so-entertaining. Observe.

 

 

“I’m going to speak very slowly, so that you can understand me.”
.the benevolent words of Andy Roddick. 
 
 

 

As for the women, I’m not too familiar with many of the top players this year. My favorite, Maria Sharapova, experienced an early casualty, complete with 3 falls (not slips, falls) and a knee injury. Boo. At least she looked fabulous while losing. I might actually play in a league or something if I had access to her closet.

 

Who are y’all rooting for? Any other tennis lovers out there?
xoxo.

 
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12 thoughts on “Drama at the All England Club:
Wimbledon 2013 Predictions

  1. Blogger Ash

    I am SO glad I am across this. I have been obsessing over Wimbledon for the past three weeks! I was so excited for Murray's win. He's by far my favorite and I love cheering him on. Doesn't hurt that he looks good too. I'm anxious to see what he will do at the US Open.

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    1. Stephanie Ziajka

      I'm so glad I found another Wimbledon enthusiast! I know, I'm SO happy about Murray's win. I'm hoping for another Djokobic/Murray final at the US Open!!! We'll have to chat about that when it comes around!

      xo,
      Steph

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