2013 Wimbledon favorites

Meet the contenders

Wimbledon, the third major of the tennis season and the sole major contested on grass, gets underway Monday at the All England club on the outskirts of London. Here are the likely contenders:

Men

Novak Djokovic

Age: 26

Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

World ranking: 1

Grand Slam titles/Wimbledon titles: 6/1

Best shot: Played brilliantly but lost to Rafael Nadal in a five-set semifinal on the French Open clay. If he can rebound emotionally, he should storm back on Wimbledon’s grass, which suits his quick-strike tactics better.

Andy Murray

Age: 26

Birthplace: Dunblane, Scotland

World ranking: 2

Grand Slam titles/Wimbledon titles: 1/0

Best shot: Carrying Britain’s banner into Wimbledon can be a crushing burden. But he carries momentum after beating Federer for Olympic gold, avenging a tearful loss to the Swiss in last year’s Wimbledon final.

Roger Federer

Age: 31

Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland

World ranking: 3

Grand Slam titles/Wimbledon titles: 17/7

Best shot: After a straight-sets thrashing by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals of the French, he claimed his first title of the year at Halle. Grass accentuates the gifts that remain in his game.

Women

Serena Williams

Age: 31

Birthplace: Saginaw, Mich.

World ranking: 1

Grand Slam titles/Wimbledon titles: 16/5

Best shot: Hardly tested in claiming her 16th major on her worst surface, the French Open’s clay. If she’s fit and focused, it’s virtually impossible to picture any woman beating the game’s best server on grass.

Victoria Azarenka

Age: 23

Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

World ranking: 2

Grand Slam titles/Wimbledon titles: 2/0

Best shot: Has the power and toughness to reach the final, assuming she can subdue Sharapova. But like Sharapova, she must hope Serena Williams won’t be waiting there; she’s 2-12 against the American.

Maria Sharapova

Age: 26

Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia

World ranking: 3

Grand Slam titles/Wimbledon titles: 4/1

Best shot: A hard-hitting slugger and tenacious fighter, has the goods to beat nearly every woman on tour. But unless her serve improves, her struggles against Williams, who beat her in the recent French final, will continue.

— Liz Clarke

 
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