His non-seeded status exposed him dangerously. But Serena Williams did pretty well in the Wimbledon ladies’ singles draw on Friday, at least for her start to the tournament. The American legend, who has not played singles for a year and the 2021 edition of the British Major, will thus face the French Harmony Tan, 113th in the world, in the 1st round, something perhaps to hope to resume his marks serenely. Things could seriously get tough from the 3rd round, possibly against Karolina Pliskova. World number 1 Iga Swiatek saw Paula Badosa fall in her half of the table, while Ons Jabeur finds herself in the low part.
With only two doubles disputed this week in Eastbourne, it is difficult to know where Serena Williams is tennis. But by not finding an entry main seed, she got a chance to ramp up in the first week. As for a possible achievement – that is to say, winning her 24th Grand Slam title after such a long absence – she is still a long way off. To reach the final, she should theoretically chain Pliskova, Cori Gauff in the eighth, Paula Badosa in the quarter and the invincible Iga Swiatek in the half.
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The Pole, precisely, will start against the Croatian qualifier and 254th in the world Jana Fett, before probably facing Danka Kovinic in the 2nd round, then possibly Alizé Cornet in the 3rd if she notably defeats Yulia Putintseva at the start. A first test should await the Polish, less comfortable on grass so far, in the eighth against Barbora Krejcikova, before a possible half against Paula Badosa. On the other side of the table (lower part), we find among others the runner-up of Swiatek in the ranking Anett Kontaveit, Ons Jabeur, the finalist of last year and former champion Angelique Kerber, as well as the darling of the British public Emma Raducanu .
The latter, who is coming back from injury and could not prepare on the grass in the tournament, will not have an easy task against Alison Van Uytvanck. An explosive first round will also oppose Simona Halep, crowned in 2019, to the Czech Karolina Muchova, quarter-finalist the same year. They could open Tuesday on Center Court. Finally on the French side, in addition to Tan and Cornet, Clara Burel and Caroline Garcia will challenge the two British wildcards Katie Boulter and Yuriko Miyazaki at the start and Chloé Paquet will have something to play against the Romanian Irina Bara. Kristina Mladenovic against Kerber, Diane Parry against Kaia Kanepi and Océane Dodin against Jelena Ostapenko will have a lot to do.
The theoretical round of 16:
Iga Swiatek – Barbora Krejcikova
Garbine Muguruza – Jessica Pegula
Paula Badosa – Simona Halep
Cori Gauff – Karolina Pliskova
Danielle Collins – Emma Raducanu
Angelique Kerber – Ons Jabeur
Maria Sakkari – Jelena Ostapenko
Belinda Bencic – Anett Kontaveit
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