The countdown to Wimbledon is at a mere few hours right now, and there's going to be a lot of great players taking to the lawns.
And one I thought was going to be great, and I guess, possibly still could be. Let's see how opening day goes.
Former world number one Ana Ivanovic takes the court against 13th-seeded Shahar Peer. It's a little wild to see Ivanovic enter a Slam unseeded, but with the results she's put up since mid-2008, it can't be too unexpected. This match with Peer, though, could do wonders for her if she were to pull it off. Not to take anything away from Peer, but Ivanovic has hit heights Peer could have trouble ever attaining.
I think this match could be a huge opportunity for Ivanovic. She's had some glimmers of hope the past couple of years, but just when you think she's back on course, another improbable loss pops up. Can she pull off the upset and string together a few wins? And then can she use that as a springboard for the rest of the year?
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.