Wimbledon Draw 2014: Complete Seedings and Bracket Analysis
Get out the strawberries and cream and pour yourself a glass of Pimm's. It's Wimbledon time.
The Championships kick off at the All England Club on Monday, and this year the storylines on the men's and women's sides are mouthwatering.
Andy Murray will be coming back to his home Slam, with Amelie Mauresmo in tow, to defend his Wimbledon crown. His fellow competitors in the Big Four—Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer—will all be trying to stop him, and collectively they'll be trying to hold off Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic and the rest of the next generation.
Meanwhile, the great Serena Williams will be trying to win her sixth Wimbledon title after a disappointing turn at the French Open. Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep and Li Na, among others, will do their best to interfere.
You can look at both of the full draws on the Wimbledon website, and keep clicking here for a full breakdown of both draws and predictions from the quarterfinals on.
Wimbledon has their own grass-court formula for seeding the men, so the seedings are always a bit of a revelation. You can see all 32 men's and women's seeds here, and the top 16 seeds in each single's draw are listed below:
1. Novak Djokovic
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Andy Murray
4. Roger Federer
5. Stan Wawrinka
6. Tomas Berdych
7. David Ferrer
8. Milos Raonic
9. John Isner
10. Kei Nishikori
11. Grigor Dimitrov
12. Ernests Gulbis
13. Richard Gasquet
15. Jerzy Janowicz
16. Fabio Fognini
1. Serena Williams
2. Li Na
3. Simona Halep
4. Agnieszka Radwanska
5. Maria Sharapova
6. Petra Kvitova
7. Jelena Jankovic
9. Angelique Kerber
10. Dominika Cibulkova
11. Ana Ivanovic
12. Flavia Pennetta
13. Eugenie Bouchard
14. Sara Errani
15. Carla Suarez Navarro
16. Caroline Wozniacki
Men's Favorites with an Easy Draw
Novak Djokovic (No. 1)
The top seed has a pretty great draw. He opens up against Andrey Golubev, who has never won a match at Wimbledon. Then, Djokovic could face Gilles Simon or Vasek Pospisil (No. 31) in the third round, Mikhail Youzhny (No. 17) or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (No. 14) in the fourth round and Tomas Berdych (No. 6) or Ernests Gulbis (No. 12) in the quarters.
There are some tricky opponents, sure, but nobody that the Serb can't handle if he's healthy. He's in Murray's half of the draw, which is obviously his biggest obstacle in making the final.
Andy Murray (No. 3)
The defending champion certainly can't complain about his draw this year. Murray opens against David Goffin, and his first seed is Roberto Bautista Agut (No. 27) in the third round. Kevin Anderson (No. 20) and Fabio Fognini (No. 16) are potential fourth-round opponents, with Grigor Dimitrov (No. 11) or David Ferrer (No. 7) possibly awaiting in the quarterfinals.
We know that anything can happen at Wimbledon, but we won't blame you if you go ahead and pencil in a Djokovic-Murray semifinal clash.
Men's Favorites with a Tough Draw
Rafael Nadal (No. 2)
Oh Rafa. The Spaniard has struggled on grass the past three years, and the pressure is on to see if he can turn around his fortunes at Wimbledon this year. He opens up against the dangerous Slovak Martin Klizan, the type of aggressive hitter that has given Nadal trouble on grass in the past. Then, he could face his 2012 slayer Lukas Rosol in the second round.
Ivo Karlovic (No. 29) lingers in the third round, with Frenchmen Gael Monfils (No. 24) and Richard Gasquet (No. 13) as possible fourth-round opponents. If he can make it all the way to the quarterfinals, things will be looking up. Milos Raonic (No. 8) is the top seed he could face there, and Federer or Wawrinka would await in the semis. It's all about finding his form early.
Roger Federer (No. 4)
The seven-time Wimbledon champion will surely be trying to erase memories of last year's crash to Sergiy Stakhovsky. He gets Paolo Lorenzi in the first round and then will get a tricky opponent in the second round in qualifier Gilles Muller or Julien Benneteau, who has two career wins over Federer and pushed him to five sets at Wimbledon a few years ago.
The first seed Federer could face is Marcel Granollers (No. 30), and then he could play last year's semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz (No. 15) or Tommy Robredo (No. 23) in the fourth. His friend Wawrinka might await in the quarterfinals.
Stanislas Wawrinka (No. 5)
There's no break for the Australian Open champion, who is looking to bounce back after his disappointing French Open. Due to Wimbledon's grass-court formula, Wawrinka lost his top-four ranking to Murray and got stuck in a quarter with his countryman and Wimbledon expert Roger Federer (No. 4).
Luckily for Stan, his road to the second week isn't very complicated. The only seed he could face before the fourth round is Dmitry Tursunov (No. 32). Then he could get John Isner (No. 9) or Feliciano Lopez (No. 19). But with Federer waiting in the quarters and Nadal in the semifinals, it's far from an easy road to his second major victory.
Women's Favorites with an Easy Draw
Simona Halep (No. 3)
French Open finalist Halep has a great draw. The first seed she could face is Sorana Cirstea (No. 29) in the third round, and then she'd get Roberta Vinci (No. 21) or Carla Suarez Navarro (No. 15) in the fourth round. Those are not players who thrive on grass.
In the quarterfinals, Halep's potential opponents are Ana Ivanovic (No. 11), Jelena Jankovic (No. 7) or last year's finalist Sabine Lisicki (No. 19). If she lives up to her seeding, the Romanian could face Serena Williams (No. 1) or Maria Sharapova (No. 5) in the semifinals.
Agnieszka Radwanska (No. 4)
The 2011 Wimbledon finalist has a tricky but far from unmanageable draw. Radwanska opens up against Andreea Itu of Romania, and her first possible seeded opponent is Svetlana Kuznetsova (No. 28), who hasn't made it past the third round of Wimbledon since 2008.
In the fourth round, she could face Sara Errani (No. 14), Wimbledon specialist Tsvetana Pironkova or Ekaterina Makarova (No. 22), and then she'd get a still-rusty Victoria Azarenka (No. 8) in the quarterfinals. The Pole is in Li Na's half of the draw.
Victoria Azarenka (No. 8)
Freshly back from a three-month layoff due to injury, Azarenka's draw is not nearly as dangerous as it could be for a No. 8 seed. In the third round she could face Serena-slayer Garbine Muguruza (No. 27), who isn't very comfortable on grass. She could face Dominika Cibulkova (No. 10) or Lucie Safarova (No. 23) in the fourth round, with Radwanska in the quarters and Li in the semis.
The two-time Wimbledon semifinalist will have a chance to play herself into form throughout the tournament, which is all she could have hoped for.
Women's Favorites with a Tough Draw
Serena Williams (No. 1)
In her quest for her sixth Wimbledon title, Serena has a pretty straightforward first two rounds, opening up against Anna Tatishvili and then facing Christina McHale or Chanelle Scheepers. In the third round she could get face Alize Cornet (No. 25), who upset Serena earlier this year.
French Open semifinalists Eugenie Bouchard (No. 13) and Andrea Petkovic (No. 20) lurk in the fourth round, with Maria Sharapova (No. 5) or Angelique Kerber (No. 9) waiting in the quarterfinals. If she makes it that far, Halep could await in the semifinals. Serena's favored against everyone, but she'll have to be at her best this fortnight.
Li Na (No. 2)
Li has never made it past the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, and it's not going to be easy for her to do so this year. Her first seeded opponent would be Elena Vesnina (No. 32) in the third round, followed by Samantha Stosur (No. 17) or a surging Caroline Wozniacki (No. 16) in the fourth round.
The 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (No. 6) lingers as a potential quarterfinal opponent, as does Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens (No. 18) or Flavia Pennetta (No. 12).
Maria Sharapova (No. 5)
No rest for the French Open champion, and no breaks either. Sharapova has an easy first two rounds, but then she could face the always-dangerous Camila Giorgi or her countrywoman Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (No. 26) in the third round. Angelique Kerber (No. 9), last year's semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens (No. 24) or grass-court specialist Tamira Paszek await in the fourth.
The worst thing for Sharapova is that Serena is slated to be her quarterfinal opponent. Of course, we all thought they'd meet in the French Open quarterfinals too, and we know how that turned out...
Outlook for the American Men
It's unlikely that any American men are going to go very deep in this tournament, but there are a lot of opportunities for first-week wins for Team USA.
John Isner (No. 9) has a good chance to make it to the second week of Wimbledon if he doesn't overcomplicate things like he has a tendency to do. He opens up against a Brit, Daniel Smethurst, and then would face Jarkko Nieminen or Federico Delbonis in the second.
His first seeded opponent would be Feliciano Lopez (No. 19) in the third, followed by Stanislas Wawrinka (No. 5) in the fourth. Federer's in his quarter. If the Swiss guys have trouble, Isner could be the big beneficiary.
Sam Querrey, who finally showed signs of life this week at Eastbourne, opens up against fellow American Bradley Klahn. He could face struggling Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (No. 14) in the second round, with Mikhail Youzhny (No. 17) in the third round. This is a great draw for the unseeded Querrey right up until the fourth round, where he would face Djokovic. A run to the fourth round of a major could help get his season back on track.
Steve Johnson has an opportunity to win a round or two. He faces Roberto Bautista Agut (No. 27) in the first round, and then he would get Tobias Kamke or Jan Hernych in the second round. Murray would await in the third.
Qualifier Alex Kuznetsov also is in a decent section, playing Fabio Fognini (No. 16) in the first round, Tim Puetz or Teymuraz Gabashvili in the second and Kevin Anderson (No. 20) in the third.
Fellow qualifier Ryan Harrison didn't get as lucky with the draw—no surprise there—and he'll face off against his peer Grigor Dimitrov (No. 11) in the first round. Donald Young, who was impressive at the French Open, will face Benjamin Becker in the first round, and then possibly Alexandr Dolgopolov (No. 21) in the second. That's a great chance to make another third round, where Dimitrov would await.
Jack Sock opens up against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, and then he could get Milos Raonic (No. 8) in the second round. Considering the big-serving Canadian is not comfortable on grass, Sock could get the upset. Denis Kudla has Marsel Ilhan in the first, followed by Kei Nishikori (No. 10) in the second.
Outlook for the American Women
Besides Serena, there are tons of dangerous American women in the draw.
Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams (No. 30) has a straightforward first two rounds, so if she's feeling healthy she should make it to the third round, where she would face 2011 champ Petra Kvitova (No. 6) in a blockbuster matchup. It's hard to know with Venus these days, but don't count her out quite yet.
Sloane Stephens (No. 18) is trying to get back to the quarterfinals or beyond at Wimbledon, and she has a tricky route. She faces Maria Kirilenko in the first round, possibly Shuai Peng in the second round and Flavia Pennetta (No. 12) in the third round. Her biggest test would be against Kvitova or Venus in the fourth round, and then potentially Li in the quarterfinals.
American wild card Taylor Townsend gets Klara Koukalova (No. 31) in the first round and then could face fellow American Madison Keys or Monica Puig in the second round. That's a fun section of the draw, with the winner facing off against the inconsistent Jelena Jankovic (No. 7) in the third.
Coco Vandeweghe gets Garbine Muguruza (No. 27) in the first round who she just beat in the Topshelf Open quarterfinals this week. There's a great opportunity for Vandeweghe to make the third round of a Slam for the first time, where she could face an out-of-form Azarenka. Keep an eye on that.
Elsewhere, the new American representative Anna Tatishvili opens against Serena, with the winner of that match possibly facing Christina McHale in the second.
Alison Riske opens up against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (No. 26), Vania King faces Yvonne Meusburger, Lauren Davis gets Alisa Kleybanova, Victoria Duval plays Sorana Cirstea (No. 29), and Varvara Lepchenko gets stuck with Tsvetana Pironkova.
Must-See First-Round Matches
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (No. 14) vs. Jurgen Melzer
Dustin Brown vs. Marcos Baghdatis
Grigor Dimitrov (No. 11) vs. Ryan Harrison
Benoit Paire vs. Lukas Rosol
Rafael Nadal (No. 2) vs. Martin Klizan
Heather Watson vs. Ajla Tomljanovic
Tamira Paszek vs. Kirsten Flipkens (No. 24)
Victoria Duval vs. Sorana Cirstea (No. 29)
Ana Ivanovic (No. 11) vs. Francesca Schiavone
Madison Keys vs. Monica Puig
Svetlana Kuznetsova (No. 28) vs. Michelle Larcher de Brito
Coco Vandeweghe vs. Garbine Muguruza (No. 27)
Eugenie Bouchard (No. 13) vs. Daniela Hantuchova
Wild Cards to Watch
Sabine Lisicki (No. 19) always comes alive at Wimbledon, and last year's finalist got a great draw for being ranked so low. The first seed she would face is Ana Ivanovic (No. 11) in the third round, and then she's due to get Jelena Jankovic (No. 7) in the fourth round. Simona Halep (No. 3) is her slated quarterfinal opponent, and then she'd face Sharapova or Serena in the semifinals. Lisicki has wins over Sharapova and Serena at Wimbledon, so she should have as much confidence as anyone.
Caroline Wozniacki (No. 16) has found her health and her form just in time for Wimbledon. She's never made it to the quarterfinals of this Slam before but has a great chance this year, with Samantha Stosur (No. 17) as a lingering third-round opponent and the up-and-down Li Na (No. 2) as a possible fourth-rounder. Keep an eye on Wozniacki.
Grigor Dimitrov (No. 11) was very hyped coming into the French Open, then quickly crashed out in the first round. Don't expect him to do the same thing at Wimbledon.
The Bulgarian is in great form after winning the title at Queen's Club last week, and he'll carry that momentum into a good section of the draw. He starts off against Ryan Harrison, and the first seed he could face is Alexandr Dolgopolov (No. 21) in the third round. He'd get an in-decline and ailing David Ferrer in the fourth round and then a tough Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.
The 23-year-old made his first major quarterfinal at the Australian Open earlier this year, and he'll be hoping to build on that on the grass.
Predictions for the Men's Tournament
Novak Djokovic (No. 1) vs. Tomas Berdych (No. 6)
Andy Murray (No. 3) vs. Grigor Dimitrov (No. 11)
John Isner (No. 9) vs. Roger Federer (No. 4)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (No. 22) vs. Richard Gasquet (No. 13)
Djokovic vs. Murray
Federer vs. Gasquet
Murray vs. Federer
Predictions for the Women's Tournament
Serena Williams (No. 1) vs. Angelique Kerber (No. 9)
Simona Halep (No. 3) vs. Sabine Lisicki (No. 19)
Victoria Azarenka (No. 8) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (No. 4)
Venus Williams vs. Caroline Wozniacki (No. 13)
Serena vs. Halep
Radwanska vs. Wozniacki
Serena vs. Radwanska
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