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Experts Picks - Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON -- Chrissie Evert didn't win 18 Grand Slam singles titles (plus three in doubles) by not keeping her eye on the ball. Perseverance and guts were her calling cards.

Four years ago, when she began a new career as an analyst for ESPN tennis, let's just say her prognostications weren't always fulfilled. This year, however, she is in championship form.

Evert was one of only two analysts to correctly predict that Serena Williams would win the French Open title. And even though it required five three-set matches (four of them with a dropped first set), an ailing Williams fought through the draw and rewarded Evert with 16 points, the golden ticket in our Experts' Picks competition.

At the halfway mark, she's sitting in second place -- tied with Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale and Patrick McEnroe.

"Well, Cliffy was lucky -- he didn't even go to the French," Evert, a seven-time French Open champion, wrote in a backhanded email. "And Darren and Patrick are good guessers."

Evert will continue to go off the grid for the 2015 Wimbledon Experts' Picks, which are revealed below. Early hints: She sees Andy Murray and Eugenie Bouchard making some noise.

Also moving up in Paris were Peter Bodo and Jim Caple of espnW, who respectively tabbed Garbine Muguruza and Richard Gasquet as the dark-horse candidates.

Standings

1. Greg Garber (46), 2. Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale, Chris Evert, Patrick McEnroe (32), 6. Matt Wilansky (30), 7. Jim Caple (20), 8. Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Pam Shriver (16), 11. Peter Bodo (5), 12. Carl Bialik, Kamakshi Tandon (0).