A bunch of quick-hit thoughts on certain players going into Wimbledon:
Serena Williams: This might not even be that hard. Better beat her early, before she gets momentum. Only concern: When she has trouble catching her breath, will she be able to keep her mind off the blood clots? Prediction: Winner.
Rafael Nadal: This “clay court specialist’’ hasn’t lost a match at Wimbledon since 2007. Won’t this year, either.
Andy Roddick: Conflicting thoughts. Done winning majors; that’s an awfully nice draw. Last chance? (I’ve probably said that about him before).
Venus Williams: Didn’t look that great at Eastbourne. Kind of off-balance. Still good enough to make a deep run, though.
Roger Federer: The big-bashers who were pushing him backward aren’t doing well. He might have figured out Novak Djokovic. If Nadal loses before the final, this tournament could be his. If not, it’s not.
Caroline Wozniacki: Prove it already. Quarterfinals against Sharapova, good place to start. Prediction: Sharapova.
John Isner-Nicolas Mahut: Straight sets for Isner. But stop picking him as a darkhorse. If you can’t return serve, you can’t win Wimbledon.
Andy Murray: Tabloid fodder.
Li Na: Most intriguing player in field. Might be on the verge of greatness, but had a serious letdown after the Australian. Not a good time for another one
Ana Ivanovic: Bring your own Kleenex to the Melanie Oudin match.
Novak Djokovic: Too much buzz about him when he was winning, not enough now. Grass is seen as his worst surface, but the guy with the best return has a real chance. The loss to Federer at French reduces pressure now, but might have put him back in his place. Can’t wait for Federer-Djokovic semi.
Maria Sharapova: Love the idea of going for big second serves. Now, if only a few would go in.
Juan Martin del Potro: Just. About. Ready.
Robin Soderling: Fifth best player in a field of four.
Ryan Harrison: Dancing a little too close to the line between intense and insane.
Justine Henin: This was your big chance
Daniela Hantuchova: Playing well, but I’m not buying
Wimbledon officials: Court 2 was wrong place to put Venus
Sam Stosur: The grass is too fast to run around every backhand
Shocker: Dokic over Schiavone
Semis: Serena Williams over Sharapova; Zvonareva over Azarenka
Semis: Nadal over Murray; Djokovic over Federer
Winners: Nadal, Williams
Crazy Computer: Nadal beats Djokovic to win his fifth major out of the past six. . .and Djokovic moves to No. 1 in the world.