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Lebron Edges Fed as 4th Highest Earning Athlete; Odds for Men, Women at Wimbledon

American women qualifying


June 21, 2012 | 08:09 PM

James is still one game shy of his first ring, but with $53M in annual earnings to Roger's $52.7M, he bagged #4 on the Forbes list of top earners. He and Maria (the highest earning female athlete) could have quite a 9 figure income if she'd drop her current LA hoopster for the King of South Beach (don't do it, Maria!). Read more below:

Tennis - ATP World Tour - Forbes Names Federer Fifth Highest-Paid Athlete

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/06/Features/Federer-Fifth-Highest-Paid-Athlete.aspx

At least one pundit, Jon Wertheim (si.com) is picking Fed to enhance his $45M of annual endorsements with a couple of million from Wimbledon for his 17th title (this might edge him past Lebron). Wertheim makes the case that Joker's been spotty and Roger's due a break in a big one, with grass his best chance.

Needless to say, the odds at online parlors don't conform to Wertheim's pick. They seem about right to me:

paddypower.com betfair.com

- Joker 3 to 2 9 to 5

- Rafa 5 to 2 11 to 4

- Fed 7 to 2 5 to 1

- Murray 10 to 1 13.5 to 1

- Tsonga 22 to 1 41 to 1

- Raonic 30 to 1 44 to 1

- Berdych 33 to 1 45 to 1

- Del Potro 50 to 1 74 to 1

- Isner 50 to 1 94 to 1

- Tomic 90 to 1 259 to 1

American WOMEN caught a break when Wimbledon gave 20 year old Melanie Oudin a wild card. She won her first title last week (over the ever beatable Jankovic on grass in Birmingham), improving her ranking up from 208 to 122. With any luck, she won't bump into a top seed or the two unseeded champion floaters, #55 Venus or #50 Clijsters. She joins the Williams, Christina McHale (#29), Varvara Lepchenko (#51), Sloane Stephens (#57), Vania King (#60), Irina Falconi (#78), and - perhaps - #99 Jamir Hampton.

Falling short in the qualies were 17 year old Madison Keys (ranked #210), 20 year old Coco Vanderweghe (#132), 21 year old Gail Brodsky (197), 22 year old Alexa Glatch (154), and 37 year old Jill Craybas (144).

Clijsters, playing in just her second event of the year, is cruising through early round opponents on grass in Holland. She next plays survival artist Schiavo, who's fought off 10 match points in her first two three setters, including a come back from down 0-6 in the 3rd set breaker of her 2nd round.

Angelique Kerber notched her 39th win of the year over in Eastbourne, giving her a higher match win total entering Wimbledon than Aga&Vika (with 38), as well as an indirect win over 2011 champ Kvitova.

ODDS for women favorites:

paddypower.com betfair.com

Sharapova 11 to 4 3 to 1

Serena 3 to 1 7 to 2

Kvitova 5 to 1 7 to 1

Azarenka 15 to 2 10 to 1

Clijsters 16 to 1 18 to 1

Venus 20 to 1 30 to 1

Kerber 25 to 1 45 to 1

Aga, Sam, Li, Bartoli 33 to 1 45 to 1

Wozniacki 45 to 1 64 to 1

Lisicki 55 to 1 64 to 1

Makarova 66 to 1 149 to 1

Cibulkova 80 to 1 159 to 1

WIMBLEDON TV COVERAGE TO BE ALL LIVE, ALL ON ESPN

The new 10 year contract signed with ESPN last summer means there won't be any more back and forth between NBC and ESPN, or any tape delays to suit NBC's schedule. A few people without cable will have to hustle to ESPN.3, which will probably show live coverage online.

Wimbledon Preview, 6.21.12


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