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article imageWimbledon 2013 — The graveyard of the seeds

By Alexander Baron     Jul 5, 2013 in Sports
Wimbledon - Almost every major tournament - tennis or any other sport - has at least one upset, but there has never been a Wimbledon like this year's.
It started with the first round defeat of Rafael Nadal, not only one of the modern greats but one of the greatest players of all time. Although currently ranked only number 5 in the world, he was bounced by rank outsider Steve Darcis. Nadal has had his fair share of problems over the years. He won Wimbledon in 2008, but was unable to defend the title due to an injury.
There could have been all manner of reasons for his shock exit this year; perhaps he was putting in too much time at the poker table? That would have been a reasonable suspicion until Roger Federer suffered the same fate when he was put out in the second round, again by a rank outsider.
Tournaments are seeded so that - in theory - the top two players should meet in the final. Now, with two of the top players in history out, one could only ask who would be next. Would you believe Serena Williams?
The world number one in the ladies game was chasing her sixth Wimbledon singles title. Actually, she wasn't quite the next; Maria Sharapova had already lost in the second round, but on the first Wednesday of the tournament, no fewer than seven players withdrew due to injury. This gave rise to a reasonable suspicion that there was something amiss with the courts, but officials insisted this was not the case.
The big question now was, would this bizarre run continue, in particular would it claim the scalp of last year's runner up in the men's singles, Andy Murray? Arguably the greatest British player ever, and unarguably the best ever to come out of Scotland, that did indeed look the case as he dropped the first two sets in the quarter final, but after bouncing back, he beat Jerzy Janowicz in a four set semi-final, and will now meet world number one Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.
Although he will be disappointed by today's result, Janowicz became the first Polish man to reach the Wimbledon semi-final. The ladies final tomorrow sees Sabine Lisicki playing Marion Bartoli, which means there will be a new name on the trophy, something all home fans are hoping will also be the case Sunday afternoon.
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