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Wimbledon 2012: Previewing Manic Monday

Previewing a hectic Monday at the All-England Club. All Round of 16 matches are scheduled in both the men's and women's draws.


To accompany my YouTube preview of Wimbledon's second week, here's one sentence each (with help of some semi-colons) about of the 16 matches taking place in the gentlemen's and ladies' respective Rounds of 16 on Monday.

Centre Court

Gentlemen: No. 3 Roger Federer vs. Xavier Malisse (Match No. 1)

One Sentence: Federer beat Malisse in five sets at Wimbledon in 2001; he has won a few more matches there since.

Prediction: Federer in three.

Ladies: No. 2 Victoria Azarenka vs. No. 14 Ana Ivanovic (Match No. 2)

One Sentence: Interesting that they chose this match for Centre Court instead of one involving past champions; regardless, a huge opportunity for Ivanovic.

Prediction: Azarenka in two.

Gentlemen: No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Viktor Troicki (Match No. 3)

One Sentence: Djokovic has won nine of 10 versus his countryman, but Troicki did take him to five sets at the 2010 U.S. Open.

Prediction: Djokovic in four.

Court No. 1

Ladies: No. 1 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 15 Sabine Lisicki (Match No. 1)

One Sentence: Both players have improved since Sharapova beat Lisicki in straight sets last year at Wimbledon.

Prediction: Sharapova in three.

Gentlemen: No. 4 Andy Murray vs. No. 16 Marin Cilic (Match No. 2)

One Sentence: Cilic has had time to rest after his marathon versus Sam Querrey, but at this point I'm not sure he's better than Murray at any one thing.

Prediction: Murray in three.

Gentlemen: No. 7 David Ferrer vs. No. 9 Juan Martin Del Potro (Match No. 3)

One Sentence: In a match with a major contrast in styles (Ferrer is a 5'9 defensive whiz, Del Potro a 6'6 power hitter), go with the guy who leads the all-time series (and won their only matchup on grass).

Prediction: Ferrer in five.

Court No. 2

Ladies: No. 6 Serena Williams vs. Yaroslava Shvedova (Match No. 1)

One Sentence: Relegated again to Court No. 2, Williams should have enough left to take out a surging Shvedova who made the quarterfinals at the French Open.

Prediction: Williams in three.

Ladies: No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Camila Giorgi (Match No. 2)

One Sentence: There are more Italian women in the Round of 16 than there are Spanish men, and Giorgi might just have the offense to take Radwanksa, the human backboard; might, but might not.

Prediction: Radwanska in three.

Another Prediction: Okay, fine, time to take a risk. Giorgi in three.

Gentlemen: No. 5 Jo-Wilifried Tsonga vs. No. 10 Mardy Fish (Match No. 3)

One Sentence: Tsonga won in five at last year's U.S. Open; it shouldn't take him as long this time, but good for Fish for making it to the second week in his first tournament back.

Prediction: Tsonga in four.

Court No. 3

Ladies: No. 4 Petra Kvitova vs. No. 24 Francesca Schiavone (Match No. 1)

One Sentence: A clay-court specialist, Schiavone has impressed to make it this far; it's hard to imagine she has the offense to take out the defending Wimbledon champ.

Prediction: Kvitova in two.

Ladies: No. 8 Angelique Kerber vs. Kim Clijsters (Match No. 2)

One Sentence: Clijsters better have some magic up her sleeves because Kerber has been smoking hot for a while.

Prediction: Kerber in three.

Gentlemen: No. 18 Richard Gasquet vs. No. 31 Florian Mayer (Match No. 3)

One Sentence: Mayer made a shocking run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals eight years ago, and Gasquet made the semis five years ago, so … recency effect!

Prediction: Gasquet in five.

Court No. 12

Ladies: No. 21 Roberta Vinci vs. Tamira Paszek (Match No. 1)

One Sentence: Paszek won their only meeting, but we'll say the 29-year old Vinci takes this one.

Prediction: Vinci in three.

Ladies: No. 17 Maria Kirilenko vs. No. 30 Shuai Peng (Match No. 2)

One Sentence: Peng has found more success here than any of the other slams.

Prediction: Peng in two.

Gentlemen: No. 27 Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. Brian Baker (Match No. 3)

One Sentence: The winner is in his first grand slam quarterfinal; the hard-hitting German wouldn't ruin the Baker comeback story, would he?

Prediction: Baker in five.

Court No. 18

Gentlemen: No. 26 Mikhail Youzhny vs. Denis Istomin (Match No. 1)

One Sentence: Youzhny has been to four slam quarterfinals and two semis, and Istomin had never been past the third round of a major until now.

Prediction: Youzhny in four.

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