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The French Open is now done and dusted and it lived up to all of its expectations. On the men’s side of the draw we witnessed the top four players in the world battle it out in the semi-finals, before the top two faced off in the final. It is amazing to think that with 128 players in the tournament, the same players keeping showing up in the big finals. There is only that 1% difference between the top 5 players and the top 100 players, but it makes such a huge impact! We witnessed Novak Djokovic lose only his first match for the year (an amazing achievement), Roger Federer returning to top form and having his greatest performance at Roland Garros besides 2009, and Rafael Nadal win a remarkable 6th French Open title.

On the women’s side of the draw things also went to how they were expected- with that expectation being to expect the unexpected! Three players I mentioned prior to the commencement of the tournament were Sam Stosur, Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki- yet all were gone by the end of the third round! Li Na came through to win her first grand slam title, and well deservedly too, after narrowly going down in the final of the Australian Open.

Now onto Wimbledon. The transition from clay to grass can often be tricky for even the top players. Therefore, those with a longer break in between the two tournaments can expect to do well. Last year the two women’s finalists at the French Open, Schiavone and Stosur were knocked out in the first round of Wimbledon! I think players such as Clijsters, Serena Williams, Wozniacki and Stosur will do well at Wimbledon, and one of them will take out the title. I am afraid to say who though- as I am usually always wrong- but I will go with Clijsters.

On the men’s side of the draw I think it is almost a given that we will see Nadal, Federer and Djokovic in the semi-finals, and maybe even Murray too. Nadal has been cleaning up the grand slams in recent times, but Federer has found some form and his best surface is grass. Meanwhile, despite losing one match, Djokovic is still on his rampage and don’t expect him to slow down too much. As for a tip? I think Federer may just do enough to win, but it will take his best effort if he has to play both Djokovic and Nadal to win the tournament. Either way, it is definitely going to be exciting!

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