If the seeds held, Williams and Sharapova would meet in the 4th round.
Serena Williams (+250 SkyBet; all odds to win Wimbledon outright) is the defending champion at Wimbledon 2010 and she is the top seed. However her draw this year is a little bit tricky as there are some potential intriguing match-ups.
Williams faces Michelle Larcher De Brito (+200000 BetFred) in the first round a 17 year old that many tennis fans who only follow Slams may not be fully aware of. Ranked just 148th at the moment, De Brito has been tipped to reach the top for a few years now. While her ranking may not seem impressive, there is nobody YOUNGER than her on tour at the moment who is ranked higher than Larcher De Brito and that means one thing: potential.
There does not appear to be a threat to Williams in the second or third round but the 4th round could feature a Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova match-up. Williams is 5-2 against Sharapova but the only grass court match they have played, the 2004 Wimbledon final, was won by the Russian in straight sets.
Sharapova is a 5th favorite to win Wimbledon (+1200 Bwin) and it is a small stroke of bad luck for Williams, the top seed, to have to face a player of that calibre in the round of 16.
Williams quarter will likely be against Na Li, who has a recent grass court title, or Agnieszka Radwankska (+20000 Boylesports) who is young, improving, and already a two time quarterfinalist at Wimbledon.
Williams, the favorite to win the title, will likely survive this draw however and the better on Sharapova should be coming to a standstill soon as all sportsbooks are lengthening her odds.
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