Wimbledon 2016 – Madison Keys and Agnieszka Radwanska Surviving

The first week in the London suburb has been a rainy one for tennis.

The forecasts for Wimbledon weren’t good heading into the tournament. True to the predictions, it has turned out to be a very bad week thus far. Rain affected play at numerous points in the event’s opening days. If not for the fact that Centre Court had a retractable roof in service then who knows where we would be in the tournament draw. Through it all Serena Williams remains the favorite, but both Madison Keys and Agnieszka Radwanska remain dangerous.

Keys is into the third round on the bottom half of the draw. Fortunately for her, that’s the half that does not have Serena Williams in it. Furthermore, Garbine Muguruza, the two seed, went out in round two of Wimbledon 2016. Those two circumstances both give Keys a chance to make the final without having to play either of the top-two seeds ahead of that point. Looking ahead, the American should win her third-round match against Alize Cornet. Possible future-round opponents afterward include Simona Halep, maybe Angelique Kerber, and then one of a handful of talented players.

On the top half of the draw, Agnieszka Radwanska survived a second-round scare. With Belinda Bencic already out and with Petra Kvitova playing below par (she’s down a set in the second round), Radwanska has to be eyeing a spot in the semifinals now. At that point, Serena would loom large for the three seed, but the semifinals are far off. Williams still has to survive a quarter with Sloane Stephens, Coco Vandeweghe, Timea Bacsinszky, and Svetlana Kuznetsova still.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Saturday promises to have a full slate of action with all courts coming into use to deal with the backlog. Typically Wimbledon does not play on the middle Sunday, however in the case of the 2016 tournament tradition may need to be broken as it has been broken in the past at some points.

A big reason for that is the pressure involved with producing a Monday lineup of quality matches. Wimbledon’s fourth round, for both men’s and women’s singles, is played on the 2nd Monday. It’s known as the biggest day in tennis for the year, because of all the high-profile players that are invariably involved in the matches. With the current backlog, it’s hard to picture Wimbledon organizers not using the courts on Sunday, weather permitting, as there seems to be few options when it comes to getting back on target.

Shane Lambert