As Wimbledon 2012 approaches I’m sure all tennis fans across the globe are eagerly anticipating another two weeks of enthralling Grand Slam action on the famous grass courts at The Championships in SW19, many of us will also be eager to see whether or not we have a change at the top of the women’s and men’s world rankings at the conclusion of the tournament.
Maria Sharapova reclaimed the world No.1 ranking from Victoria Azarenka after her fine victory at Roland Garros but her new status will be shortlived if Azarenka can claim her second Grand Slam title at the All England Club over the next few weeks, Sharapova made the final last year and will be defending those points whereas Azarenka was a beaten semifinalist losing to eventual champion Petra Kvitova in 2011, if Maria fails to reach the final this year and Vika goes one better and makes her first Wimbledon final then we will see the tall 23 year old Belarusian take back the top spot once again, if both players make the final then they will battle it out for the Championship and the No.1 world ranking.
The men’s side of things is even more interesting as we have the top three players in the world all mathematically capable of being world No.1 at the end of The Championships, Novak Djokovic secured the No.1 ranking when he won the 2011 Wimbledon title last year and he has held the position ever since then, Rafael Nadal was beaten by Djokovic in last years Wimbledon decider but his recent victories on clay against his Serbian rival has seen the King of Clay back within striking distance once again, Rafa can reclaim the top spot in the rankings if he wins his third Wimbledon title in 2012 and Nole is a beaten quarterfinalist.
And then of course there is the great Roger Federer, the Swiss Maestro and current world No.3 can rewrite the record books if he is successful once again at his favourite Grand Slam tournament, Federer would need to win the tournament and have Djokovic lose at the semifinal stage to reclaim the top ranking, it could well be that both players will square off against one another in a semifinal but we await the announcement of the draw on Friday which will determine that fact.
Most pundits and fans are predicting that one of the Big 3 in the men’s draw will be holding the Championship Trophy at the end of the fortnight, all of us have our favourites and a large number of us have no doubt been enjoying watching history be re-written by all three of these great players over the past 12 months, as Wimbledon 2012 approaches who do you favour to take the title this year and do you think history will beckon once again as the No.1 world ranking goes on the line!Written by:
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