Saturday, June 29, 2013

WIMBLEDONE! PART 3: Dream Warriors?

(So bye-bye all American Guys...)

So as the rain starts falling at the All England Club, so do the seeds continue to fall from the tournament as well as all the American men. Hey, only two more retirements though! Paul-Henri Mathieu and Michael Llorda bowed out mid-match. And grass-favorite hopefuls Milos Raonic (17) and Grigor Dimitrov (29) saw there chances to capitalize on a depleted draw slip away. Kei Nishikori (12) also lost, but was not really favored here on grass.

Also it's the first time in 101 YEARS, that no American man made it into at least the third round of Wimby. That hasn't happened since 1912 and that year, no U.S. men competed! Likely this distinction would not have occurred was this not the Weirdest Wimbledon Ever and Murray's suspected voodoo dolls not claimed Isner with a freak knee injury in the 2nd Round. (Nick work there, Muzz.) Interestingly enough, there are 4 US Women still left in the draw: Serena, Sloane Stephens, and total randoms Madison Keys and Alison Riske. Keep it going, ladies! U-S-A! U-S-A!

So who the hell is left anyway? Are there any dark horse contenders who still have a chance for glory? Well presently we still have Ferrer and Djokovic in the top half of the draw and Murray and nobody else in the bottom half. Somehow the top half seems to have more challengers than before. Less than a week ago it seemed the Top Half ad it easy! Can Haas make a break through against Novak? What about Charday? Gasquet? Berdich? Ferrer's quarter still has DelPo as well. There's still a lot to be decided there.

Meanwhile, Murray's Voodoo Dolls have stripped the bottom half of virtually all seeded players - with only Youhzny at No. 20 and Jersey Janowicz at No. 24 remaining. The two players who beat Rafa and Fed have already eliminated, for Voodoo super powers only last for one round. It really seems like a formality at this point that Murray makes it to the final, but we'll see if any of the other guys in the bottom half brought their protective wards and lucky charms. It'd be nice if they could keep it interesting!

We're almost half-way through the Weirdest Wimbledon Ever! What surprises still await???


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