The 2014 Wimbledon Championships is underway, and the returning champions for both the men and women are considered among the favorites to win the title this year.
After becoming the first Brit to win the tournament in 77 years, Andy Murray has a good chance to repeat in 2014. Only Novak Djokovic has better odds to take home the title.
Two years after winning her fifth Wimbledon title, Serena Williams is the favorite on the women’s side. The 2013 champion, Marion Bartoli, isn’t competing, following her retirement.
If Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are going to meet again, it won’t be until the finals. Djokovic and Murray have been placed in the same half of the bracket, while Nadal and Roger Federer are the two top players in the other half. Murray and Djokovic met in the finals last year, and the two will face off in the semifinals, if neither is upset along the way.
As the favorite, Serena Williams does not have an easy draw. A match with Maria Sharapova would come as early as the quarterfinals, and she could face Simona Halep in the semifinals. Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanksa are favored to me in the finals in the other half of the bracket.
The complete draw can be found at wimbledon.com.
ESPN will provide coverage for this year’s tournament. The event will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPNEWS and ESPN2. Every match can be seen with a live stream online at WatchESPN.
Betting Odds (via Paddy Power)
Novak Djokovic 15/8 Serena Williams 17/10
Andy Murray 7/2 Maria Sharapova 7/1
Rafael Nadal 9/2 Petra Kvitova 10/1
Roger Federer 5/1 Agnieszka Radwanksa 12/1
Grigor Dimitrov 22/1 Na Li 14/1
Stanislas Wawrinka 30/1 Simona Halep 16/1
Milos Raonic 40/1 Eugenie Bouchard 20/1
Ernests Gulbis 50/1 Ana Ivanovic 22/1
Tomas Berdych 50/1 Sabine Lisicki 25/1
David Ferrer 80/1 Garbine Muguruza 33/1
Kei Nishikori 80/1 Madison Keys 40/1
Jerzy Janowicz 100/1 Caroline Wozniacki 40/1
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 100/1 Dominika Cibulkova 50/1
Feliciano Lopez 100/1 Angelique Kerber 50/1
Marin Cilic 100/1 Venus Williams 50/1
Men: Novak Djokovic
Women: Maria Sharapova