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Kamakshi Tandon Toronto-based tennis writer
Ravi Ubha London-based tennis writer
Matt Wilansky ESPN.com tennis editor


Early Exit
The devastation of Roland Garros will be hard to shake for No. 1 Dinara Safina, and she's never gotten past the third round here, anyway.

Dinara Safina has the game to win on grass but, after another meltdown in a Grand Slam final, not the focus. Has never played particularly well at Wimbledon.

Jelena Jankovic hasn't dropped out of the top 10 like compatriot Ana Ivanovic, but she isn't looking like someone who previously achieved the No. 1 ranking.

With her meltdown in the French final and aversion to grass, Wimbledon doesn't bode well for Dinara Safina -- in theory.

Among many a candidate, Jelena Jankovic stands out. The Serb suffered a tough loss in Paris, and grass doesn't suit her game.

The Serbian gals have become synonymous with shortcomings this year. Look for Jelena Jankovic to keep this trend alive.


Sleeper

If Maria Sharapova made the French Open quarters coming off a gurney, she ought to reach the semis here. The 2004 Wimbledon champion knows how to compete.

Gradually working her way up the ladder, Agnieszka Radwanska reached the quarterfinals here in 2008. This is her breakthrough season.

Someone has been feeding Samantha Stosur her Wheaties. She's turning from doubles star to determined singles star now that she's healthy. With her great run at the French Open and game built for grass, Wimbledon should bode well for Samantha Stosur -- in theory.

Maria Sharapova displayed a champion's heart at the French Open, grinding her way to the quarterfinals. Like Serena Williams, she'll enjoy the shift to grass.

Zheng Jie auspiciously reached the semifinals in 2008 and knocked off some fairly formidable foes in the process.


Winner
Almost by default -- how can you pick against the five-time winner, Venus Williams, in this yard sale of a women's field?

Venus Williams is looking for the rare three-peat and her sixth Wimbledon title overall. Has the perfect game for grass, and the trophy is named after her.

Hard to bet against Venus Williams. When the five-time Wimbledon champion sees grass, she's ready to mow down the competition.

Eenie, meenie, minie ... Serena Williams. In this ever-continuing unstable hierarchy, she's the safest pick. Right, as if you know who's going to win.

The French Open choke a thing of the past, Serena Williams returns to a much friendlier surface. It's about time she ends her six-year title drought in London.

After her forgettable French Open final showing, the plight of fragile Dinara Safina will finally come to an end on the lawns of Wimbledon.

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Dinara Safina has the game to win on grass.
Agnieszka Radwanska This is her breakthrough season.

Experts my ass.
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Jie won't make the second round.

Elena Dementieva
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Lucie Safarova
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Experts my ass.
Does he mean that this is her year to breakthrough at Wimbledon, or that this year has been her primary breakthrough? If he's referring to the latter, he obviously has no clue of the on-goings of the WTA Tour.
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Did Wilansky actually say that Dinara will win!'
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Atleast most of them are intelligent enough to think Venus will win

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Does he mean that this is her year to breakthrough at Wimbledon, or that this year has been her primary breakthrough? If he's referring to the latter, he obviously has no clue of the on-goings of the WTA Tour.
Either way. Aga has no results to imply this is going to be her breakthrough season. Well, maybe they already read Derek's prediction.
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Either way. Aga has no results to imply this is going to be her breakthrough season. Well, maybe they already read Derek's prediction.
This is true. If Agnieszka made even the semifinals of this Wimbledon, I would be utterly surprised. Everyone likes an upset, or an unexpected deep-run, but there's been nothing extraordinary in her year so far.
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Did someone really pick Safina to win the title? ...
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he said that masha will make the semis, and venus will win... but masha and venus will meet in the quarters if both get that far..




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he said that masha will make the semis, and venus will win... but masha and venus will meet in the quarters if both get that far..
They can't meet till the final.

Waiting for Ana Ivanovic to just retire already .
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How about these picks?

James Martin (Editor-in-Chief) Serena Williams: Her older sister, Venus, has been the Queen of Centre Court, but Serena is also lethal on this surface. And, over the last 12 months, she's been playing the better tennis at the Slams. If she can avoid any early round hiccups, she'll slug her way right to the trophy.

Steve Tignor (Executive Editor) Venus Williams: Her reign over one tournament must come to an end, and fairly soon. But sheís got a better draw then the other favorite, her sister Serena.

Sarah Unke (Managing Editor) Victoria Azarenka: Though the womenís Wimbledon trophy, the Venus Rosewater dish, might as well have been named for Venus Williams, Iím ready for a surprise winner on the womenís side. Azarenkaís quick movement and heavy strokes are perfect for grass. But there is one huge threat in her quarter: Serena Williams.

Peter Bodo (Senior Editor) Victoria Azarenka: Anyone who picks against the Williams sisters at a major is entertaining suicidal thoughts, and letís remember that Venus has emerged as the most formidable of Wimbledon competitors since Steffi Graf. Still...this year, both Venus and Serena have looked like players in search of motivation that they can no longer muster. Combine that with a lack of match play and you can see how the Williamses might stumble, and the women might produce their first first-time champion since Amelie Mauresmo. Iím going with that blond powderkeg and hyper-motivated youngster, Azarenka.

Bill Gray (Senior Editor) Maria Sharapova: Her edge: No pressure and no inner or outside expectations, just like in 2004 when she mowed down the field on the hallowed grass, including Serena in the final. The arm's fine and her head's on straight.

Tom Perrotta (Senior Editor) Victoria Azarenka: Itís time for a new Wimbledon champion. Venus is still the favorite, and she should be seeded No. 1 (Wimbledon stubbornly refuses to bump her up). But I donít see her winning three titles in a row and her sister, Serena, didnít seem to be in the best shape at the French Open. Azarenka might have to beat both of them to win, and she has the talent, and the toughness, to do it.

Sarah Thurmond (Associate Editor) Maria Sharapova: Why not? She's improving with each match, going deeper at each tournament she plays, and getting back in the groove. Her serve is still a little wonky, and she needs to get the double faults under control, but she's won here before and I like her chances to win here again.

David Rosenberg (Photo Editor) Serena Williams: It's hard to imagine any woman other than a Williams making the final. All the tricky grass-court players are in Serena's section -- which makes me think she'll have some early struggles -- but she'll take the title over Venus.

Abigail Lorge (Managing Editor) Serena Williams: I wish I could pick Elena Dementieva to win her long overdue first Slam, but she hasnít been playing well enough lately. No. 1 Safina is likely still reeling from two straight dismal Slam finals, and defending champ Venus seemed listless at the French (though it could have been her disinclination towards clay). So Iíll take two-time Wimby champ (and 2008 finalist) Serena to win her second major of the year and 11th overall.

Ed McGrogan (Assistant Editor) Venus Williams: Few players have displayed Federer-like dominance at a particular tournament in the women's game, but Venus (at Wimbledon) is an exception. She's been patchy so far this season but the London lawn is her lair.
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So many picks for Azarenka. Please. Let the banshee girl make a Slam SF first.

Waiting for Ana Ivanovic to just retire already .
Justine Henin. Amelie Mauresmo. Francesca Schiavone.
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Yeah these are no experts. I think anyone on this board that knows a thing or two about tennis can make better predictions than these people. Still surprised only 3/6 people picked Vee to win. And NO one said Caro to be a sleeper? Wow.

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After her forgettable French Open final showing, the plight of fragile Dinara Safina will finally come to an end on the lawns of Wimbledon.


Does this mean he picked her? I'm having a hard time believing anyone would pick Safina on grass.

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Love long has taken for his amulet/One perfect rose.
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I picked Azarenka too in FITD. So im not surprised to see some of the experts pick her.

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