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Wimbledon 2010 Brackets: Analyzing the Women's Favorites and Surprises

Bob Warja@@bobwarjaSenior Writer IJune 15, 2010

PARIS - JUNE 04:  Serena Williams and Venus Williams of the United States in action during the women's doubles final between Serena Williams and Venus Williams of the United States and Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia on day thirteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 4, 2010 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The 2010 Wimbledon Championships will take place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom, June 21-July 4. 

This will be the 124th staging of the event, and the third Grand Slam tennis event of 2010. It has been indicated that Queen Elizabeth II will be attending on June 24, for the first time in more than 30 years.

Not surprisingly, Serena and Venus Williams are the odds-on favorites to win Wimbledon. But there will be some surprises as well.

2010 Wimbledon Favorites: The Williams Sisters (who else?)

The clear favorites are Venus and Serena Williams, but that is the case every year at Wimbledon.

Serena Williams has been in a slump since winning the Australian Open, so she will be desperately trying to refocus and take back the title she won in 2009.

Meanwhile, her sister, Venus, has won Wimbledon more than any other current player and, ranked at number two in the world, is looking strong.

Look to see Serena unravel in the quarterfinals while Venus makes another strong run.

2010 Wimbledon Surprises

Just like the French Open, when Francesca Schiavone came out of nowhere to win at age 29, the 2010 Wimbledon Championships could have another surprise winner.

Look to see players like French Open finalist Samantha Stosur, Russian Alisa Kleybanova, Chinese player Li Na, and Russian Nadia Petrova, make real runs at this year's Wimbledon. One of these unknown players could possibly win the title, much like surprise French Open winner Schiavone.

2010 Wimbledon Second Tier Favorites

So we know about the Williams sisters, but who else has a solid shot at winning?

After a disappointing loss in the French Open, Justine Henin will be looking to win her first Wimbledon, a goal she stated in her comeback.

Kim Clijsters is out to win for much the same reason. Clijsters makes her return to Wimbledon after a four year hiatus. She has been a decent player at the event, making the semis in 2003 and 2006.

She missed the French Open, and almost the entire day session, but she did win a Masters Series title in Miami early this spring by beating a group of players that included Venus Williams.

What About Maria Sharapova?

Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon six years ago but other than the 2009 French Open, she has not impressed.

She has not been past the fourth round at the All England Club since 2006. Since returning from shoulder surgery, Sharapova has had five Grand Slam matches that have been less than stellar.

At the French Open, she took advantage of an easy draw to make the quarters, so we probably shouldn't expect her to win here.

2010 Wimbledon "Sleeper" — Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki will soon turn 20, but she has a lot of promise. She has already won over $4 million in prize money.

This will be her fourth visit to the All England Club and she has improved each time, so look for a semifinals appearance for Wozniacki at Wimbledon 2010.

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Overall, this should be an interesting, especially if someone can break the dominating hold that Serena Williams has as the defending champion. 

Kim Clijsters told Telegraph Sport, "Yeah, the women's tour may be open but it's a lot harder now."

She is about to find out just how hard it's going to be. 

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