May 15, 2014
An extraordinary 37% of those polled in the WimbledonDebentureHolders.com survey this month believe that Murray can reproduce last summer’s heroics – even though the much-loved Scot has achieved little on a tennis court since winning Wimbledon in 2013.
The patriotic British public are backing Andy Murray to retain his Wimbledon title, despite his patchy performances over the last few months.
For the Men’s Singles title, both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal received just 22 per cent of the votes, while multiple-champion Roger Federer’s share was only 11 per cent. Call it patriotic fervour or sheer love for Murray, but the Brits really seem to believe their man can overcome the world’s tennis greats to win Wimbledon and raise the trophy once more.
The 500 UK-based participants in an exclusive WimbledonDebentureHolders.com survey were also asked to name the most likely Wimbledon Ladies Singles champion for 2014 and the resounding favourite was Serena Williams, with a commanding 40% of votes.
No surprises there!
Remarkably Li Na, the world number two and Australian Open champion, was only backed for Wimbledon glory by 9% of those questioned.
But the results of the poll for the Women’s Singles champion was even more surprising, once you look beyond the UK’s clear chosen favourite, Serena Williams. The next most likely Wimbledon winner, according to those polled, was Serena’s sister Venus, even though it has been a couple of years since she looked capable of winning a Slam. Venus Williams claimed an amazing 17 per cent of the UK vote.
Therefore the Brits seem to believe that Venus Williams is almost twice as likely to win Wimbledon this summer as the impressive Li Na.
Such an assumption cannot be based on recent form. So we can only conclude that the Chinese charmer has failed to make the same impact on the British sporting consciousness as she has elsewhere in the world. Perhaps all that will change at Wimbledon this year. But the British, controversially, seem to doubt Li Na’s ability to collect a third Grand Slam title.