Wimbledon 2012 Draw Results: Breaking Down Seedings and Brackets
Wimbledon, professional tennis' third grand slam of the year, will start this Monday, June 25 and will run through Sunday, July 8 from the All England Club in London.
History will be written as the world's elite tennis players gather for the next two weeks. They will display all their skill and resolution as each aims to become a grand slam champion.
Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova will try to defend their titles as fans worldwide will feast from upon some of the best tennis in the world's oldest tennis tournament.
The draws were released today and there is a sense of familiarity as you go through them and see where your favorite players are.
But let's not wait any longer and see a breakdown of all the top seeds and their brackets on both the men and women singles draws.
Women's Singles Draw: Section 1 (Pos. 1-32)
Top Seeded Player: Maria Sharapova (1)
Top Seeds Quarterfinal Matchup: Maria Sharapova (1) vs Angelique Kerber (8)
Sharapova comes with all the confidence in the world to Wimbledon. She just completed her career grand slam and is back to No. 1 in the world rankings.
She won here back in 2004 and is once again playing her best tennis and should be the favorite to win here.
She will likely face some opposition in the second round from Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova, who is always a tough draw for her, but should make it easily to the round of 16s where she will likely face Sabine Lisicki (15).
Sharapova defeated Lisicki in the semifinals here last year and has beaten her all three times they've met.
On the lower part of this quarter, Kerber looms large and should get to the round of 16s where she will possibly have to face a very tough opponent.
Unseeded Kim Cljisters is on Kerber's part of the draw and either she or Russian Vera Zvonareva (12) will give her all she can handle and make Kerber an upset candidate.
Cjisters comes from battling through a stomach muscle injury and Zvonareva has been dealing with right shoulder ailments.
Women's Singles Draw: Section 2 (Pos. 33-64)
Top Seeded Player: Agnieska Radwanska (3)
Top Seeds Quarterfinal Matchup: Agnieska Radwanska (3) vs Samantha Stosur (5)
Radwanksa has not been gathering much momentum towards Wimbledon. She has been eliminated in the first round twice in her last four tournaments.
It's hard to be optimistic about her when you see her quarter of the draw full of possible tough matches, especially against Venus Williams in the second round.
Radwanska has beaten Williams soundly twice this year, but this is Wimbledon and Williams is a five-time champion.
Her round of 16s should be against either Nadezda Petrova (20) or Flavia Pennetta (16). Petrova has always played very well against her.
On the lower side of this quarter, Stosur will be the likely quarterfinalist. She has beaten Radwanska the last two times they've met.
Stosur will have to face possibly Li Na (11) in the round of 16s. Na will likely have to deal with Maria Kirilenko (17) in the third round, and the last time they met they played two very contested sets.
Women's Singles Draw: Section 3 (Pos. 65-96)
Top Seeded Player: Petra Kvitova (4)
Top Seeds Quarterfinal Matchup: Petra Kvitova (4) vs Serena Williams (6)
Kvitova is the defending champion and she will possibly get her first tough test in the third round against Russian Anatasia Pavlyuchenkova (31).
She has beaten her three times in five career matches, going to the extra set four times. Should she get pass Pavlyuchenkova and make it to the quarterfinals, where four-time champ Williams will be her likely opponent.
Williams was upset in the first round of the French Open but this is a much better surface for her.
She will likely face Zheng Jie (25) in the third round and rising Sara Errani (10) a round later. But she should make it to her clash with Kvitova.
Williams has beaten Kvitova both times they have played, including here in 2010 the last time they met.
Women's Singles Draw: Section 4 (Pos. 97-128)
Top Seeded Player: Victoria Azarenka (2)
Top Seeds Quarterfinal Matchup: Victoria Azarenka (2) vs Caroline Wozniacki (7)
Azarenka started the year on fire, winning the Australian Open followed by wins at the BNP Paribas and Sony Ericsson. She climbed to the top of the rankings and seemed destined for a career year.
But while she has not been on the downside, she has not been able to sustain her dominant performances at the start of the year.
She has a good draw that should allow her to make it to the quarterfinals where she will likely face Wozniacki.
Wozniacki has won five of their seven career matches, and while she is the lower seed, the former No. 1 knows how to play Azarenka very well and could be in line to upset her.
Her main obstacle before facing Azarenka should be Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova (32) in the third round. Kuznetsova has lost to Wozniacki the last four times they've met, but she has played well against her in the past, including their three-setter last year at the U.S Open.
Men's Singles Draw: Section 1 (Pos. 1-32)
Top Seeded Player: Novak Djokovic (1)
Top Seeds Quarterfinal Matchup: Novak Djokovic (1) vs Tomas Berdych (6)
Djokovic's quest for the Nole Slam is over and now he must focus on making the adjustments to once again dominate arch-rival Rafael Nadal if he is to keep the top ranking in the world.
He should be able to steer clear of an early upset and make it to the quarterfinals, where he most likely will face Berdych.
Djokovic has beaten Berdych nine out of the 10 times they have met, but most of those wins have been hard fought battles.
He has been able to dominate Juan Monaco(15) and Radek Stepanek (28) in the past. Those are his two main opponents before the quarterfinals.
Berdych should also be able to make it to his expected quarterfinal, but he will have to work harder than Djokovic to make it there, starting on the first round against dangerous Latvian Ernests Gulbis.
In the round of 16s, Berdych will most likely face either Nicolas Almagro (12) or Richard Gasquet (18). Both of them have almost split their matches with Berdych and whomever makes it will make for a formidable opponent for the Czech.
Men's Singles Draw: Section 2 (Pos. 33-64)
Top Seeded Player: Roger Federer (3)
Possible Quarterfinal Matchup: Roger Federer (3) vs Janko Tipsarevich (8)
Federer, the top all-time grand slam winner, is once again on his continuing quest for one more major championship.
He should be able to make it to the round of 16s where he might face a tough opponent in Gilles Simon (13).
Simon has won twice in four lifetime meetings and always plays very well against Federer.
Tipsarevich leads the lower part of this quarter, and his main threat will be American John Isner (11), whose big serve will be his top weapon on this surface.
Mikhail Youzhny (26) has split the wins the four times he has met Tipsarevich and they could meet in the third round.
Andreas Seppi (23) is one-for-two against Isner and will possibly face him in the third round.
But none of these four opponents should represent major problems for Federer. He is a combined 31-1 against all four of them. His only loss is to Isner in the David Cup earlier this year.
Men's Singles Draw: Section 3 (Pos. 65-96)
Top Seeded Player: Andy Murray (4)
Possible Quarterfinal Matchup: Andy Murray (4) vs David Ferrer (7)
Murray will once again carry the hopes of Great Britain on his shoulders as he will try to become the first British player to win in the Open Era since Fred Perry won it for the third consecutive year in 1936.
He will have to go through the toughest, most loaded quarter of the draw of any player to reach the semifinals.
He opens the tournament against once-prominent Russian Nikolay Davydenko who is always a dangerous player to play against.
Big serving Ivo Karlovic is a possibility in the second round and Kevin Anderson (32) or Marcos Baghdatis would follow in the third round.
He will have to face in the round of 16 either Marin Cilic (16) or Milos Raonic (21). Both of them have had success in the past against Murray.
In the quarterfinals he will face either David Ferrer (7) or Juan Martin Del Potro (9).
Ferrer has beaten Murray the last two times they've met and five out-of-10 lifetime. Del Potro has won only once in six tries against Murray but is always a very dangerous opponent with that superb forehand and all-around game.
Ferrer leads his career matches against Del Potro, winning four times in six tries.
Men's Singles Draw: Section 4 (Pos. 97-128)
Top Seeded Player: Rafael Nadal (2)
Possible Quarterfinal Matchup: Rafael Nadal (2) vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5)
Nadal looked like an unstoppable train after winning his record setting seventh French Open title. But then he crashed against a suprisingly unmovable force in Philipp Kohlschreiber (27) at the Gerry Weber Open, losing 6-3, 6-4 on grass.
It's not the first time he lost steam heading to Wimbledon and then had a deep run at the All England club. But it certainly starts raising some doubts on him.
Nadal will likely get a shot at revenge if he meets Kohlschreiber again in the third round. The German will have to get through fellow countryman Tommy Haas in the first round, but he has the game on grass to challenge Nadal.
In the round of 16s, Nadal's opponent will likely be either Feliciano Lopez (14) or Alexsandr Dolgopolov (22). Lopez beat Nadal on grass in 2010 at the AEGEON Championships.
Dolgopolov has yet to take a set from Nadal in three career matches.
His main opponent should come in the quarterfinals where he will very likely face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Frenchman has split his last four matches with Nadal and has beaten him the only time they met on grass last year at the AEGEON Championships.
Tsonga will have to go through either American Mardy Fish (10) or uprising Bernard Tomic (20). He is 2-0 against Fish and beat Tomic in his only match against him.