Wimbledon 2012 Predictions: Championship Odds for Top Contenders

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJune 20, 2012

Wimbledon 2012 Predictions: Championship Odds for Top Contenders

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    The most anticipated Grand Slam tournament in tennis is just days away as Wimbledon 2012 is set to begin Monday, June 25 from London's famous All England Club.

    On the men's side, there are three notable favorites, and then everyone else. On the women's side, however, there is much more parity as six different women have won the last six Grand Slams dating back to the 2011 Australian Open.

    Here we get you set for the greatest two weeks in tennis with championship odds for Wimbledon's top men's and women's contenders in 2012. 

Novak Djokovic

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    The defending Wimbledon champion has got to be the favorite to repeat on the men's side in 2012. Novak Djokovic has won four of the last six Grand Slam tournaments and finally broke through on the Centre Court grass last summer, taking down Rafael Nadal in four sets in the final.

    Although Nole has lost three straight to Nadal on clay dating back to April, the faster grass surface should give the world No. 1 the edge at the year's third Grand Slam.

    Odds: 3-2

    *7-4 odds according to paddypower.com

Rafael Nadal

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    Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal is riding a wave of momentum after winning his record seventh French Open title less than two weeks ago at Roland Garros and is poised for a rematch with Djokovic in the final.

    Nadal leads Djokovic on grass courts 2-1 all time, his first and only loss coming in last year's Wimbledon final. A win for Rafa though would be his third in five tries at the All England Club. 

    Odds: 2-1

    *5-2 odds according to paddypower.com

Roger Federer

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    A six-time champion of Wimbledon, world No. 3 Roger Federer will be a favorite by many to escape the quarterfinals in 2012 for the first time since 2009 when he last won it all on the legendary Centre Court grass.

    Federer is still an elite tennis player at age 30, but his toughest competition is not only proven, but four to five years younger. 

    Odds: 7-2 

    *4-1 odds according to paddypower.com

Andy Murray

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    The hometown favorite has experienced heartbreak at Wimbledon as of late, losing in the semifinals each of the past three years.

    The 25-year-old Scot has won 80 percent of his matches at the All England Club however, which means he will be among the last few men left standing this summer.

    Odds: 10-1

    *8-1 odds according to paddypower.com

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

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    The world No. 5, French tennis star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is coming off his best Wimbledon run in 2011, in which he upset Roger Federer in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinal for the first time in his career.

    Much will be expected of Tsonga in 2012, as his powerful serve should take him far. The 27-year-old will certainly be exciting to watch given his aggressive and entertaining style of play. 

    Odds: 22-1

    *25-1 odds according to paddypower.com

Tomas Berdych

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    Two years ago, Tomas Berdych made it all the way to the Wimbledon final before losing to Rafael Nadal. That was the only Grand Slam final appearance of Berdych's career though.

    At age 26, it seems to be now or never for the Czech, who is capable of pulling off an upset or two this summer in London. 

    Odds: 30-1

    *33-1 odds according to paddypower.com

Bernard Tomic

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    The 19-year-old Australian made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year and will look to build on that performance in 2012. 

    Tomic's extended run at Wimbledon was the longest of his young career at any Grand Slam event. That being said, fans should keep an eye on the youngster this summer. 

    Odds: 35-1

    *40-1 odds according to paddypower.com

Juan Martin Del Potro

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    The 23-year-old Argentine is coming off a quarterfinals appearance at the 2012 French Open and his best finish at Wimbledon in 2011, in which he made it to the fourth round. 

    Still, Juan Martin del Potro boasts just a 6-4 career singles record at the All England Club. 

    Odds: 35-1

    *33-1 odds according to paddypower.com

John Isner

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    World No. 10 John Isner is arguably the American male contender this summer at Wimbledon. Isner has failed to get past the second round at the All England Club in each of his past two tries, but at 6'9", the 27-year-old presents a unique and difficult matchup for whoever he goes against.

    Isner played the longest match in tennis history against Nicolas Mahut in the first round of Wimbledon in 2010, winning a more than eight-hour long fifth and deciding set. 

    Odds: 45-1

    *50-1 odds according to paddypower.com

Andy Roddick

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    The once contending American, Andy Roddick has fallen all the way to No. 33 in the ATP World Rankings.

    Though the 29-year-old has had success on the season's only grass major—Roddick made it all the way to the final in 2009, ultimately losing to Roger Federer in five grueling sets—he hasn't made it past the fourth round in the past two years though, so he shouldn't be much of a factor this summer. 

    Odds: 100-1

    *100-1 odds according to paddypower.com

Maria Sharapova

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    Maria Sharapova will be incredibly confident coming into Wimbledon after winning her first career French Open title two weeks ago in Paris.

    The newly-crowned world No. 1 last conquered Wimbledon in 2004, but she came close last year, losing in the final to Petra Kvitova. 

    Odds: 5-2

    *11-4 odds according to paddypower.com

Petra Kvitova

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    The defending Wimbledon champion on the women's side, Petra Kvitova will have a great shot at repeating at the All England Club based on the lack of one single dominant player out there.

    Kvitova is only 22 years old, but already ranked No. 4 in the world thanks to her straight-set win over Maria Sharapova at last year's Wimbledon final. 

    Odds: 3-1

    *7-2 odds according to paddypower.com

Serena Williams

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    Serena Williams is a four-time champion of Wimbledon and failed in her bid for a three-peat last year after being upset by Marion Bartoli in the fourth round.

    Although Williams has struggled in 2012, failing to get out of the first round of the French Open last month, she is still one of the greatest female tennis players in the history of the grass-court tournament. 

    Odds: 7-2

    *3-1 odds according to paddypower.com

Victoria Azarenka

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    The former world No. 1 and current No. 2 had her best Wimbledon performance as a pro in 2011, reaching the semifinals for the first time in six tries. 

    Azarenka got off to a hot start in 2012, winning the Australian Open in January, but cooled off at the French Open, losing in the fourth round despite coming in with high expectations. 

    Odds: 13-2

    *6-1 odds according to paddypower.com

Caroline Wozniacki

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    Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki has never been past the fourth round at Wimbledon, which doesn't bode well for her chances of winning it all in her sixth try in 2012. 

    Looking at the glass half full though, the 21-year-old Dane has survived to the fourth round in each of her last three appearances at the London Slam. 

    Odds: 20-1

    *25-1 odds according to paddypower.com

Kim Clijsters

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    The 29-year-old Kim Clijsters missed out on Wimbledon last year but made the quarterfinals in 2010. She has never won or been past the semifinals though in eight tries at the All England Club. 

    Once ranked No. 1 in the world, Clijsters has since declined with age; she's ranked No. 53 in women's singles coming into this summer's Grand Slam event. 

    Odds: 30-1 

    *25-1 odds according to paddypower.com

Venus Williams

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    On the surface, five-time champion Venus Williams looks like a favorite to win at Wimbledon this July, but the reality is the American tennis star is 32 years old and battling an autoimmune disease that causes extreme fatigue during intense matches.

    She last won in 2008, made the final in 2009 and lost in the fourth round in 2011. 

    Odds: 30-1

    *25-1 odds according to paddypower.com

Li Na

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    At age 30, this may be it for Chinese tennis star Li Na. After making the quarterfinals in 2010, Li lost in the second round last year. Her 2011 French Open victory put her on the map last year, but she has yet to join the list of women who have won multiple majors. 

    Odds: 30-1

    *25-1 odds according to paddypower.com

Sam Stosur

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    Australian Sam Stosur will need to harness the hard-court success that led to her 2011 US Open victory this summer at Wimbledon. The world No. 5 has never made it past the third round of the only grass-court major.

    Stosur has failed to get out of the first round in her last two tries at the All England Club, but given the wide-openness of the women's draw, a strong performance isn't impossible. 

    Odds: 35-1

    *25-1 odds according to paddypower.com

Agnieszka Radwanska

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    Agnieszka Radwanska has struggled on the Wimbledon grass in her past two visits to London. The current world No. 3 cracked the quarterfinals in 2008 and 2009 but has failed to survive the first week of action since. 

    Her 17-6 career singles record at Wimbledon is her best at any of the four Grand Slam events.

    Odds: 40-1

    *40-1 odds according to paddypower.com




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