The Lowdown on Wimbledon Live 2012

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The 2012 Wimbledon Championships are less than one week away from commencing and here at SteveG we will be keeping you updated with the latest news and happenings from Wimbledon live as they occur. To get you started here’s our lowdown on what you need to know about Wimbledon 2012.

Schedule of Play
This year the main championships will take place between Monday 25th June and Sunday 8th July. The qualifying rounds have already begun, they started on Monday, but tomorrow the main Draw will begin and we’ll find out who the 28 players are that have made it through and secured their place in the main championship. The ladies’ singles final will take place on Saturday 7th July, before the Championship draws to a close with the men’s singles final on the Sunday.

Seeds
Player seedings for competitors at the tournament were announced yesterday, and as is tradition the men’s seedings have been based on official ATP (ESP) points whilst the women’s seedings follow the WTA rankings. The top 10 male and female seeds for Wimbledon 2012 (current ATP/WTA rankings in brackets) are:

No. Gentlemen’s Singles Ladies’ Singles
1 Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [1] Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS) [1]
2 Rafael NADAL (ESP) [2] Victoria AZARENKA (BLR) [2]
3 Roger FEDERER (SUI) [3] Agnieszka RADWANSKA (POL) [3]
Andy MURRAY (GBR) [4] Petra KVITOVA (CZE) [4]
5 Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) [5] Samantha STOSUR (AUS) [5]
6 Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) [6] Serena WILLIAMS (USA) [6]
7 David FERRER (ESP) [7] Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN) [7]
8 Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB) [8] Angelique KERBER (GER) [8]
9 Juan Martin DEL POTRO (ARG) [9] Marion BARTOLI (FRA) [9]
10 Mardy FISH (USA) [10] Sara ERRANI (ITA) [10]

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As far as the Men’s Singles title goes, we expect to see one of the top 3 take it although we do have high hopes for our UK star – Andy Murray. Murray has been working with a new coach – Ivan Lendl -and John McEnroe has also been on hand to offer the talented Brit some sage advice, provided he remains focused on court he has every chance of at least making it to the finals. He has beaten Novak Djokovic once before this year, at the Dubai Open in March, although Serb has had a pretty relaxed warm up to the grass court season and this may just give him the advantage.

Although we, like every other tennis fan across the globe, would like to see another monumental Nadal vs. Federer final. Federer has had a good warm up so far, reaching the final at the Gerry Weber Open this week, but Nadal is riding a career high at the moment with his record-setting seventh French Open win, so it may just give him the edge on Centre Court.

Wimbledon 2012 is also shaping up to be the year of the resurgent women’s player as Maria Sharapova, who has managed to claw her way back to the top of the WTA rankings to reclaim her world number 1 spot, is also hoping to repeat her success of 8 years ago with a second Wimbledon singles title win. She’s likely to have a very tough battle on her hands with two unseeded players, who although are coming to the end of their careers have the skill and determination needed to take the grass court slam trophy – Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.

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