Sunday, June 30, 2013

WIMBLEDONE? PART 4: The Curious Case of Juan Martin Del Potro

(Another one bites the dust! Delpo down!)

Guys, I keep saying it, but no one seems to take me seriously. I'm aware some of you might not believe in voodoo, black magic, hexes, curses and the like. But OPEN YOUR EYES! Something awfully strange is going on at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club this year. The upsets and injuries keep piling up as we enter Week 2. Won't someone PLEASE check Murray's bag for banned mystical artifacts? A proper search is in order. Also, can we get a sworn statement from officials that a red-head woman dressed in crimson robes hasn't been seen sitting in the player's box during Murray's matches, nor has she been found birthing shadow babies in the Ladies Room on Centre Court while his biggest adversaries were playing?

These questions go unanswered. Meanwhile as Week 1 wraps up, Del Po is all set to easily win his 3rd Round Match over Grega Zemlja when he slips and hurts both his knee and his ankle going for a drop shot up 4-0 in the third set. He finished the match quickly but needed to have his injuries checked out by medical staff this weekend. He's still scheduled to face Andreas Seppi tomorrow, playing second on a super-crowded Monday schedule. But even if he doesn't withdraw, will the injury hobble his recent excellent play, setting him up for an upset by Seppi? Oh Muzz. Why have you chosen the Dark Path to get you back to the finals this year? You don't want to win it this way. Do you??

Only half of this year's Top 10 men's seeds made it to the start of Week 2:

1. Novak Djokvic
2. Andy Murray
3. Roger Federer
4. David Ferrer
5. Rafael Nadal
6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (injured)
7. Tomas Berdych
8. Juan Martin Del Potro (injured?)
9. Richard Gasquet
10. Marin Cilic (injured)

On the women's side we have 4 of the Top 10 seed left to start Week 2:

1. Serena Williams
2. Viktoria Azarenka (injured)
3. Maria Sharapova
4. Agnieszka Radwanska
5. Sara Errani
6. Li Na
7.  Angelique Kerber
8. Petra Kvitova
9. Caroline Wozniacki (injured)
10. Maria Kirilenko 

Despite this many seeds falling, Britain's Laura Robson is also still in the mix. Is it possible an external agent is working to make both of Britain's best hopes for a title advance? I think it's highly likely. I worry about what bad news might come out of Wimby tomorrow. Novak slips getting out of the shower breaking a hip? A piano falls out of the sky and lands on Ferrer? Serena's hotel disappears into a previously undiscovered sink hole? Nothing is too far fetched as to be impossible at this point. Stay safe, players! Some unknown force is still out to get you!

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