Wimbledon 2015: Predictions for Men and Women's Singles Draw Brackets

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2015

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action during a practice session prior to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The 2015 edition of Wimbledon promises to be one full of intrigue. 

As the 2015 French Open showed, storylines abound in the Grand Slam tournaments this year. On the women's side, there's the question of the Serena Slam. Serena Williams has already dominated the Australian Open and fought illness to a French Open title. 

Now she'll set her eyes on the tournament she's already won five times as the third leg of a potential calendar-year Grand Slam. 

On the men's side, the tournament feels much more wide open than in the past. Novak Djokovic comes in as the defending champion, but Stanislas Wawrinka's French Open title shows that championships aren't just for tennis's Big Four anymore.

Here's a look at the top seeds on both sides along with predictions as to what the biggest storylines of the tournament will be. The full details of Friday's men's and women's draws can be found on Wimbledon's official website.

Wimbledon 2015: Men's Top Seeds
1Novak Djokovic (Ser)
2Roger Federer (Swi)
3Andy Murray (GB)
4Stan Wawrinka (Swi)
5Kei Nishikori (Jpn)
6Tomas Berdych (Cze)
7Milos Raonic (Can)
8David Ferrer (Spa)
9Marin Cilic (Cro)
10Rafael Nadal (Spa)
11Grigor Dimitrov (Bul)
12Gilles Simon (Fra)
13Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra)
14Kevin Anderson (SA)
15Feliciano Lopez (Spa)
16David Goffin (Bel)
17John Isner (USA)
18Gael Monfils (Fra)
19Tommy Robredo (Spa)
20Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa)
21Richard Gasquet (Fra)
22Viktor Troicki (Ser)
23Ivo Karlovic (Cro)
24Leonardo Mayer (Arg)
25Andreas Seppi (Ita)
26Nick Kyrgios (Aus)
27Bernard Tomic (Aus)
28Pablo Cuevas (Uru)
29Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spa)
30Fabio Fognini (Ita)
31Jack Sock (USA)
32Dominic Thiem (Aut)
Wimbledon 2015: Women's Top Seeds
1Serena Williams (USA)
2Petra Kvitova (Cze)
3Simona Halep (Rom)
4Maria Sharapova (Rus)
5Caroline Wozniacki (Den)
6Lucie Safarova (Cze)
7Ana Ivanovic (Ser)
8Ekaterina Makarova (Rus)
9Carla Suarez Navarro (Spa)
10Angelique Kerber (Ger)
11Karolina Pliskova (Cze)
12Eugenie Bouchard (Can)
13Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol)
14Andrea Petkovic (Ger)
15Timea Bacsinzky (Swi)
16Venus Williams (USA)
17Elina Svitolina (Ukr)
18Sabine Lisicki (Ger)
19Sara Errani (Ita)
20Garbine Muguruza (Spa)
21Madison Keys (USA)
22Sam Stosur (Aus)
23Victoria Azarenka (Blr)
24Flavia Pennetta (Ita)
25Alize Cornet (Fra)
26Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus)
27Barbora Strycova (Cze)
28Jelena Jankovic (Ser)
29Irina-Camelia Begu (Rou)
30Belinda Bencic (Swi)
31Camila Giorgi (Ita)
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Serena Makes it Three Straight 

Jun 6, 2015; Paris, France; Serena Williams (USA) in action during her match against Lucie Safarova (CZE) at the net after their match on day 14 of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
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It might not be considered a bold prediction, but Serena Williams is the surest pick to win Wimbledon. The 33-year-old hasn't won the tournament since 2012, but she's clearly playing at a much higher level recently. 

But calling for another championship for Williams isn't just about her play, it's about the general lack of a challenge for her in the draw. Looking at the latest odds from Odds Shark, her biggest competitors haven't been consistent in Slams:

Wimbledon Women's Contenders: Odds and Results
PlayerOdds2014 Wimbledon2014 U.S. Open2015 Australian Open2015 French Open
Serena Williams7/43RWWW
Petra Kvitova7/2W3R3R4R
Maria Sharapova7/14R4RF4R
Victoria Azarenka9/12RQF4R3R
Simona Halep12/1SF3RQF2R
Odds via Odds Shark

The biggest challenge for Williams should be Petra Kvitova. She's the last woman not named Serena to win a Grand Slam and has the second-best odds. However, her career record of 1-5 against Williams doesn't bode well for her chances of actually taking out Williams to win the title. 

The greatest opponent for Williams will be herself in London. The pressure of going for a fourth-consecutive major title is immense, but she's saying all the right things about that aspect heading into this event. 

"Personally, it doesn't make it feel any different, which I think is a good thing because I don't feel any pressure to win all four," Williams said to the Associated Press (h/t Yahoo Sports). "I've been saying that, but I really don't feel that pressure. Maybe if I would happen to win here, then maybe I might start feeling it after that."

A confident Serena who has the mindset of taking things one match at a time is bad news for the rest of the field. Expect her to complete the title and set up the opportunity for the clean sweep at the U.S. Open. 

Stanislas Wawrinka Makes an Early Exit

Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

Wawrinka is one of the hottest names heading into Wimbledon for obvious reasons. His win at Roland Garros was riveting and showed that the era of the Big Four in tennis is winding to a conclusion. 

But if you're looking for the guy that could shock the field this time around it isn't Wawrinka. 

As great as the 30-year-old's run through the French Open was, that magic isn't likely to carry over to Wimbledon. All one needs to do is look at his first Grand Slam to see that his inconsistency issues can creep up after a big win. 

He followed up his '14 Australian Open victory with a first-round exit at the French Open. 

The wheels have already started to come off for Wawrinka in transitioning to grass. He was ousted by No. 14 seed Kevin Anderson in the second round of the Queen's Club Championships in London. Add that into the fact that he's just 13-10 in his career at Wimbledon and never finished beyond the quarter-finals and it's hard to think that he'll make it beyond the fourth-round in 2015. 

Roger Federer Has Another Run Left in Him

Martin Meissner/Associated Press

Novak Djokovic is the favorite to win the tournament, according to Odds Shark. That's with good reason. He's proven that he's a contender regardless of surface as the top player in the world. 

But at 6/1 odds, Roger Federer is looking good to turn back the clocks and make a run at the All England Club. 

Unlike Wawrinka, Fed has historically excelled on grass and comes in with some momentum. Federer earned his eighth career title at Halle to add to an already successful 2015 season as noted by Luigi Gatto of Tennis World:

Luigi Gatto @LuisGatTWI

Roger Federer is the 1st player in 2015 to win titles on 3 different surfaces: hard (Brisbane, Dubai), clay (Istanbul), grass (Halle)

Then there's the draw for the 33-year-old. There are some quality players in his path to the finals, but he avoids any members of the Big Four until the semifinals. As long as his return game is in form, he should be able to deal with the litany of big servers on his side of the draw. The Tennis Podcast tweeted the potential road to the finals:

The Tennis Podcast @TennisPodcast

Federer potential path: RD 1 Dzumhur RD 2 Querrey RD 3 Sock RD 4 Lopez QF Berdych SF Murray/Nadal F Djokovic/Wawrinka Looks tough

Obviously making a run at Federer's age will be a challenge. Players got one more week than usual between the French Open and Wimbledon and it's made a difference, according to Federer.

"“It’s probably been the best preparation I've ever had for Wimbledon,” said Federer via the ATP's official site. “Because we have a week more on the grass. Winning Halle has given me the extra confidence I guess it's going to take me to win this title here."

With Federer seeing results on the court and feeling a bit rejuvenated, he's in prime position to meet Djokovic in the final.

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