PAW Wimbledon Mid-Term Grades
Defending champ stumbles early, British players making a name for themselves
A week into the year's most prestigious Grand Slam and … we've experienced some wild weather and the highest ever point scorings in a Grand Slam, thanks partly to Great Britain’s girls, along with Martina Navratilova and Anne Kremer. While unheralded players like Nexeo and cooldudeanzela continue to raise the bar on tour, aussie_stars has struggled immensely with the pressure of defending and is certainly out of contention for the title.
But we’re are in for an intriguing second week, packed with British hopefuls andrew_uk, raquel, WTA Handicapper, along with kafelek, kimclijsters4ever, efss, Pintaled, Hantuchov and SpikeyAidanm. And there is no clear cut favourite yet, with many contenders fighting out for the “PAW Rosewater Dish”. So here are our midterm marks, after People’s Sunday.
Been pretty much a flawless tournament for the hometown hero, but still needs to dust of the rust next week.
The British chicks:
Four of them (Keothavong, Webley-Smith, Baltacha & O’Donoghue) advanced to the second round, and players who PAWed all of them to win would have gained a massive 101 points from 4 PAW’s alone.
First player from the Bahamas has set himself up nicely for a top 10 finish, eye-catching considering this is only his third tournament.
Spanish Armada got off to a rough start but with picks like “Frazier over Myskina,” the former world number four is looking to rewind the clock.
Gentle and tender assassin coping with the pressure with ease, arguably in the best position to make the final.
Will be waiting keenly on the outcome of the delayed Farina-Ruano 3r match, was impressive in Roland Garros but needs to seize the opportunity here.
We can now throw away his newcomer status after this tournament. Probably the most intriguing talent since Nir burst on the scene last year.
You know you are having an impressive PAW tournament, if you are ahead of sandg and speedster_. Efss is quietly carrying the Indonesian flag high his week.
Defending finalist seems revitalized, refreshed and rejuvenated. Poised for a late climb up the table.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend the same the way Kremer’s points are juicy to PAWers.
Rewarded for picks like “Kleinova over Dementieva,” floating through the 115 player field quite nicely.
Young Hungarian plays with no fear. Impressive debut Grand Slam showing.
Nice guys don’t always come last. He has averaged 18 points per each of his PAW’s, and he still has 15 to go.
The Belgium Babes:
Who said a Kim never came to Wimbledon? kimclijsters4ever & thekimfan, are both of legitimate chances of contending for the title after People’s Sunday.
Impeccable first two days, but losing his sharpness as the week has progressed.
We liked the start, but a major breakdown disaster was inevitable. Rumours confirm that he may never return to the PAW scene.
Masha & Rossana Fan:
Identical twins both looked solid in conquering the field in the first week. The real tournament starts now though.
Probably the most consistent PAW player out there recently, would have been higher had she not cancelled “Kleinova over Dementieva.”
Aura of invincibility is gone, but still picking smart enough to defend his points.
World No 2 was flashy with an early lead but no Grand Slam Champion before has used up all his picks after round 2.
The game is still there but confidence has been playing hide and seek at this tournament.
Defending champ hasn’t transcended with his peers to the more intense competition this year round. Will need to undergo a major turnaround, or his rank falls out of the top 20.
Another disappointing performance from the Canadian No 1. Career now at crossroads with a US Open final to defend in a few months.
Holiday during the biggest tournament of the year will tarnish his reputation as the player of the year. We think he should have withdrawn.
Another dismal performance from a player who won three huge tournaments last year. May lose in the first round if he doesn’t crack the top 64.