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Question of the day: Who will win men’s and women’s singles at Wimbledon? [Updated]

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Four reporters from around the Tribune Co. weigh in on the topic. Check back throughout the day for more responses and feel free to leave a comment of your own.

Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times

It just might be an all-American Wimbledon this year.

Serena Williams has dainty pink trim on her tennis dress, but don’t mistake a girl-centric color for a pitty-pat game. Williams started this tournament by blasting 15 aces. And made it look easy. She looks like a winner, even early in the event when sometimes she needs to shake off rust.

Defending champion and six-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer did have to kick off rust, needing five sets to win his first match. Federer hasn’t won a tournament since the Australian Open in January. On the BBC, John McEnroe suggested that maybe this is the first age-related crack we’re seeing in Federer’s game.

Just a hunch, but an energetic Andy Roddick might sneak off with his second major title. He should have beaten Federer in last year’s epic five-set final. Karma says Roddick wins this time.

[Updated at 10:25 a.m.:

Paul Doyle, Hartford Courant

It’s hard to ignore the No. 1-seeded players, given their history at the All England Club. Roger Federer has won six titles in seven years, with 47 wins in 48 matches, while Serena Williams has been a finalist five times in eight years and has won three titles.

Williams won the Australian Open before dealing with a leg injury. But she’s healthy and seems poised to retain her title -- she amplified why she’s the favorite with a resounding straight-sets win in the first round Tuesday.

And if we’re looking for a clue from the first round, then Federer may be in trouble. He was nearly upset by Alejandro Falla, playing with an uncharacteristic tentativeness that makes us wonder if we’re seeing the end of his reign.

Or maybe not. Federer may not win, but don’t bet against another trip to the final. And expect a meeting with rival Rafael Nadal, who is healthy and still riding the wave from his French Open title.

Our guess: Nadal over Federer in the men’s final, Serena over her sister Venus for the women’s crown. No upsets in our draw.]

Photo: Serena Williams celebrates after winning a point against Portugal's Michelle Larcher De Brito on Tuesday. Credit: Ian Kington / AFP / Getty Images.

 
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