We’re right around the corner from the 138th Wimbledon Championships on June 29, when the world will watch on as hundreds of players compete for the crown at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, in London. Not unlike every year, this year, there’s always players who are hot headed into the championships. So, to prepare, grab your ping pong paddles and put out some sports-themed party supplies, because CSC has the top three favorites in both the men’s and women’s divisions to look out for while you watch:
1. Roger Federer. As always, Federer is headed into Wimbledon as a favorite. The 33-year old is fresh his 86th career title, winning the Halle crown over Andreas Seppi, 7-6, 6-4, on June 21. It was a great warm-up for him, as he was the first player to win the Halle and the Wimbledon back-to-back, and many think he’ll do it again. Federer is no stranger to the Wimbledon Championships, having won the contest seven times. He’s hungry headed for an opportunity to win a record eighth Wimbledon championship, and avenge his finals loss from last year.
2. Andy Murray. The 2013 Wimbledon champ will be Federer’s main competition in 2015. He claimed his fourth title at the ATP 500 event at Queen’s Club in London just last week, a grass court event. It was Murray’s 34th career title, tying him with the legendary Arthur Ashe, and there’s no doubt that he’s looking to pass Ashe with a win at Wimbledon. He claims to have improved tremendously since his 2013 win, and has played like it since February, having only lost to one player since the second month of this year. The No. 3 player in the world has a chance to prove that he has improved next week.
3. Novak Djokovic. The only player to have beaten Andy Murray since February (at Indian Wells and the French Open) is well rested headed into the championships. Djokovic chose not to play prior to Wimbledon, unlike the rest of the favorites. He knows a thing or two about prepping for Wimbledon, and the defending champion is ready to go. Federer has claimed that Djokovic might be the only player who could really give everyone a run for their money in Wimbledon this year, and Djokovic certainly seems to believe he’s the player to beat as well.
1. Serena Williams. The No. 1 singles player in the world looks as impressive as ever headed into Wimbledon. Williams just claimed her 20th Grand Slam title at the French Open in early June, and now looks to take Wimbledon for the sixth time in her career. It has eluded her since 2012, so it is anticipated that Williams will be bringing her A-game on the 29th. She chose to sit out of any warm-up tournaments, which she’s done since 2011, so perhaps this is the year we see her back on top at Wimbledon.
2. Petra Kvitova. The defending champion is looking extremely prepared headed into this year’s championship, playing as the No. 1 seed in the Eastbourne tournament for what she calls “the perfect prep” for Wimbledon. Kvitova is ranked as the No. 2 player in the world currently, and many have her as the top favorite to win her third Wimbledon crown. The 25-year old is going to be a tough defender of the title, so expect her to advance deep into this year’s contest.
3. Maria Sharapova. After falling in the fourth round of the French Open in June due to a battle with a cold, Sharapova may find herself in position to break open into what’s been an average year for her. However, her early French Open exit has given her four whole weeks to prepare for Wimbledon, and most will expect that to help Sharapova, who hasn’t won Wimbledon since 2004. The No. 4 player in the world has insisted she’ll be ready to play, so expect her to look to redeem herself in England at the end of the month.