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Wimbledon Championships 2014

Wimbledon Championships 2014

Tom Unwin

It’s that time of year when the sales of strawberries and cream and Pimms rocket and one man takes the weight of expectation of a nation on his shoulders. 

 Once again The All England Club will be welcoming the world’s best tennis players to its courts for the 2014 Wimbledon Championship. Arguably the most popular and anticipated tournament on the calendar, the 2014 edition is sure to provide some gripping duals, major upsets and mesmerising performances.

Last year, Andy Murray ended Britain’s wait for a men’s singles Wimbledon Champion with a stunning victory over Novak Djokovic. Winning it once is one thing, but defending it? That’s a whole new challenge. Murray’s form this year has been uncertain; he is yet to beat a single player in the top 10, knocked out in the third round of Queens, and struggled across the ATP circuit. In contrast, the tournament seedings are in his favour, at three he will be spared a match against the top four until the semi-finals, and in 2012 was similarly knocked out in the third round of Queens, but reached the final of The Championships three weeks later. In addition, with Amelie Mauresmo, a former champion in his corner, he will have the support and her experience of the biggest stage to guide him through.

Away from Murray, the formidable Novak Djokovic is top seed and should reach the final, alongside a resurgent Rafael Nadal, who is second seed and will want to right the wrongs of his first round exit in 2013. In the women’s game, Li Na (second seed) comes into the tournament as the Australian Open Champion, but with Serena Williams, an experienced and expert grass court player, she as usual, will be difficult to stop reaching the final let alone taking the crown again.

All in all, this year’s Wimbledon is sure to be an exciting tournament, and hopefully Andy Murray can help a country still licking its wounds from a poor World Cup showing a much needed boost in sporting pride. 

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