Wimbledon 2013
Jul 02, 2013
Wimbledon 2013

Wimbledon 2013

This Wimbledon will always be remembered for its shocks and upsets and injuries and unknown faces. Of the 32 men and women set to play in Wimbledon's fourth round on Monday, 10 will be trying to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time. So who are these players? How old are they, where are they from — and how did they get here?
Kenny de Schepper, 26, France , ranked 80th
Prior to this tournament, he was 1-4 in Grand Slam matches. Before beating 22nd-seeded Juan Monaco in the 3rd round, he was 2-10 against opponents ranked in the top 100. His second-round opponent, 10th-seeded Marin Cilic, withdrew with a knee injury.
Ivan Dodig, 28, Croatia, ranked 49th
Before this tournament , he was 7-13 in Grand Slam matches, only once making it to the third round. The men he faced in the first round (16th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber) and third round (Igor Sijsling) at Wimbledon both quit because of illness/injury while trailing. Dodig is tied for the highest number of aces with 49 aces.
Jerzy Janowicz, 22, Poland, seeded 24th
This is only his fifth Grand Slam. His second round opponent, Radek Stepanek, stopped in the second set because of a left leg injury. He hit the fastest serve of the tournament, 140 mph.
Lukasz Kubot, 31, Poland, ranked 130th
His career record is 90-106, He didn't need to play a point in the second round because of the withdrawal of Steve Darcis, who stunned Rafael Nadal on Day 1, but then pulled out on Day 3, citing a right shoulder injury.
Adrian Mannarino, 25, France, ranked 111th
His Grand Slam record was 3-13 before last week, including a six-match losing streak. His second-round opponent, 18th-seeded John Isner of the U.S., stopped because of a knee injury in the third game, making it the second-shortest Wimbledon match in the 45-year Open era.
Andreas Seppi, 29, Italy, seeded 23rd.
He is 28-33 in Grand Slam matches. If he reaches the round of eight in his 34th major, it would equal the third-most slam appearances for a first-time quarterfinalist in the Open era. His second-round opponent, Michael Llodra, retired after the first set, citing a hamstring injury, then went out and won a doubles match later the same day. Seppi's victories in the first and second rounds both came via five-setters, giving Seppi seven consecutive wins in matches that went the distance.
Kirsten Flipkens , 27, Belgium, seeded 20th.
She was 15-18 in Grand Slams before Wimbledon. Apart from losing in the fourth round at the Australian Open in January, she has never made it past the third round in a major tournament. Won junior titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2003.
Karin Knapp, 26, Italy, ranked 104th
She entered last week with a 0-2 record at Wimbledon. Currently leads women with 33 aces at Wimbledon. In the third round, beat Michelle Larcher de Brito, the 131st-ranked qualifier who eliminated Maria Sharapova in the second round.
Monica Puig, 19, Puerto Rico, ranked 65th
Made Grand Slam debut at this year's French Open, reaching third round and is 5-1 so far at major tournaments. Wimbledon is her first grass-court tournament as a professional. She defeated 2012 French Open runner-up Sara Errani in the first round. Reached two junior Grand Slam finals in 2011.
Laura Robson, 19, Britain, ranked 38th
Already in her 11th career Grand Slam tournament, she was 7-10 before last week. Beat 10th-seeded Maria Kirilenko in the first round, then got to play women ranked 117th and 71st next. First British woman in 15 years to reach Wimbledon's fourth round; and is assured of moving into top 30 in WTA rankings after Wimbledon.
Stay tuned for part two of this feature blog, that blog will summarize this years Wimbledon for you. And we are not not talking about boring stats or facts and figures - the interesting, not usually found in newspapers stuff will be the key!
All facts and figures have been sourced and crossed checked from a variety of websites, including the official Wimbledon website, USA Today, Eurosport, Star Sports, Wikipedia, etc. These are correct as of 1st July 2013.

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