Sharapova in Serena's quarter

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: June 20 2014, 12:42 BST

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have been placed on collision course for a quarter-final meeting at Wimbledon.

Maria Sharapova: Could face Serena Williams in the last eight
Maria Sharapova: Could face Serena Williams in the last eight

The pair, who are the top two in the tournament betting, were drawn in the same quarter when the draw was made at the All England Club on Friday morning.

They famously met in the 2004 final when a 17-year-old Sharapova pulled off a big upset. However, it is nearly 10 years since the Russian last beat Williams, who has won their last 15 matches.

Sharapova, seeded only fifth this year, will arrive in SW19 fresh from her title triumph at the French Open. However, Williams has the better grasscourt record - she will be seeking her sixth Wimbledon crown this year.

British wild card Sam Murray will face Sharapova in round one on Tuesday, while Williams' first opponent will be Gerogian Anna Tatishvili. Looking further through the draw, the American could meet Canada's fast-rising star Eugenie Bouchard in the last 16, a player who has already been to the semi-finals of the Australian and French Opens this year.

Simona Halep, beaten by Sharapova in the French Open final earlier this month, is the third seed is also in the top half. She has Jelena Jankovic in her quarter.

In the bottom half of the draw - which will begin on Monday - the seedings suggest Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska will meet in the semi-finals. However, both have tricky quarter-final opponents potentially in their path.

Second seed Li could face former champion Petra Kvitova in the last eight, while former world number one Victoria Azarenka is in Radwanska's quarter.

British number one Heather Watson, currently enjoying a fine run in Eastbourne, will face Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic, the world number 52, in her opener, while the other Briton to get into the main draw as of right, Johanna Konta, will meet Peng Shuai, ranked 60th.

As for the other British wild cards, Tara Moore faces the 2010 Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva, who has slipped down the rankings following injury, while Naomi Broady meets Timea Babos, of Hungary.

With last year's winner Marion Bartoli now retired, the beaten finalist of 12 months ago, Sabine Lisicki, will open proceedings on Centre Court on Tuesday.