Wimbledon 2013 TV schedule: Opening week

Off court, things are heating up between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. Photo: Serena Williams poses with her trophy after defeating Maria Sharapova at the French Open, June 8. (Corinne Dubreuil/AP)

WASHINGTON,  June 24, 2013 — The action at Wimbledon moves into high gear this week, the first official week of the championship in London at the All England Tennis and Croquet Club. Considered by many as the most prestigious tennis tournament of the year, the Wimbledon Championship promises great tennis as defending champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams, both 31, take center court.

However, Federer has some top-notch challengers to contend with: last year’s US Open winner Andy Murray, 2013 Australian Open Novak Djokovic and 2013 French Open winner Rafael Nadal.

Serena Williams is stronger than ever, ranked No. 1. She is 74-3 since taking the Wimbledon crown last year. Her biggest challenger will be Maria Sharapova, seeded No. 3, who last defeated Williams at Wimbledon in 2004, and is expected to meet Williams in the finals this year.

There will be no colorful tennis outfits to spice up the grassy courts since this is Wimbledon where all white is de rigueur. As it is every year, it’s the talent that will provide the color.

Although sparks have been flying between Williams and Sharapova, thanks to a Rolling Stone article as well as dueling press conferences with lots of nasty personal innuendos flying back and forth. So if and when the two women meet at the finals on Center Court, July 6, expect a battle royal.

Yet all eyes will also be riveted on Nadal, who while seeded fifth in the tournament, has a real shot at walking away with the title. First he must get by Djokovic, Murray and Federer to do so, no easy task, but that was the luck of the draw. Yet despite the stiff competition Nadel still remains a big favorite to win.

Opening Week Coverage: Rounds 1, 2 & 3

Monday, June 24 — Saturday June 29

7 a.m. — 5 p.m. ET           ESPN and ESPN2  

Highlights of Week 1:

Sunday, June 30

3 p.m. — 6 p.m. ET           ABC

Live Stream —ESPN3

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