Serena looms for Pliskova, Gauff; Swiatek opens vs. Fett

The 2022 Wimbledon draw is out, and pits seven-time champion Serena Williams towards Concord Tan within the first spherical, with a possible third-round conflict towards 2021 finalist Karolina Pliskova looming.

Elsewhere, No.1 seed Iga Swiatek could have the possibility to make historical past when she opens towards qualifier Jana Fett, whereas 2017 champion Garbiñe Muguruza has landed in a stacked part additionally containing former main winners Bianca Andreescu and Sloane Stephens.

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No.3 seed Ons Jabeur, the champion in Berlin two weeks in the past, may meet 2018 champion Angelique Kerber within the fourth spherical. Each gamers are within the backside half of the draw, whereas Swiatek and Serena are within the prime half.

First quarter: Swiatek seeks to increase streak; Muguruza’s stacked draw

Three weeks in the past, Iga Swiatek equalized Venus Williams’s 35-match successful streak, the longest on the Hologic WTA Tour this century, when she captured her second Roland Garros title. The Pole has not performed since then, and may she defeat Croatian qualifier Fett in her first match, will maintain this century’s report alone.

Swiatek, whose finest efficiency at Wimbledon up to now was a fourth-round run final yr, will proceed her bid for the Channel Slam towards both Danka Kovinic or wildcard Sonay Kartal. No.27 seed Yulia Putintseva is her projected third-round opponent, and her precursor as Roland Garros champion, No.13 seed Barbora Krejcikova, may await within the final 16.

No.8 seed Jessica Pegula and No.9 seed Muguruza lead the second sixteenth of the draw. Muguruza opens towards Greet Minnen, earlier than taking up the winner of a popcorn first-round between 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens and fast-rising teenager Zheng Qinwen, who was the one participant to take a set off Swiatek in Paris. Zheng defeated Stephens in Charleston again in April, however continues to be searching for her first skilled win on grass.

Ought to Muguruza go that take a look at, she may face both No.17 seed Elena Rybakina or 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu within the third spherical.

First-round matches to observe: Alizé Cornet Vs. [27] Yulia Putintseva; Zheng Qinwen Vs. Sloane Stephens; Donna Vekic Vs. [8] Jessica Pegula

Second quarter: Serena looms for Pliskova, Gauff

Making her singles comeback as a wildcard after precisely a yr away, the primary seed Serena Williams may meet is No.32 Sara Sorribes Tormo within the first spherical. In her doubles return this week in Eastbourne, Serena teamed up with Ons Jabeur to beat Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova within the first spherical, saving a match level en route.

Within the third spherical, Serena may face No.6 seed Pliskova, although the Czech should navigate two tough rounds first: she begins towards compatriot Tereza Martincova and will face wildcard Katie Boulter, who defeated her in Eastbourne this week, within the second spherical.

The projected fourth-round opponent for Serena or Pliskova is No.11 seed Coco Gauff, recent off her first Grand Slam remaining at Roland Garros and a semifinal run in Berlin. Gauff may face younger American fellow Amanda Anisimova, the No.20 seed, within the third spherical.

No.4 seed Paula Badosa heads the second quarter by way of rating and opens towards qualifier Louisa Chirico, however two harmful former champions lurk within the Spaniard’s eighth. No.25 seed Petra Kvitova, winner right here in 2011 and 2014 is Badosa’s projected third-round opponent, and 2019 titlist Simona Halep may await within the fourth spherical.

Earlier than that, Kvitova and Halep might want to survive some harmful all-out energy. Kvitova may face Birmingham quarterfinalist Dayana Yastremska within the second spherical, and Halep is projected to face No.21 seed Camila Giorgi within the third spherical. Halep may additionally face former Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens, who’s taking part in the final singles match of her profession, within the second spherical.

First-round matches to observe: Ana Bogdan vs. Dayana Yastremska; [21] Camila Giorgi Vs. Magdalena Frech; Karolina Muchova Vs. [16] Simona Halep; [11] Coco Gauff Vs. Elena-Gabriela Ruse; Wang Xinyu Vs. [20] Amanda Anisimova; Tereza Martincova Vs. [6] Karolina Pliskova

Third quarter: Jabeur, Kerber on collision course; Raducanu to face Van Uytvanck

For the second main in a row, Jabeur has joined Swiatek on a successful streak to begin her marketing campaign. The Tunisian captured her third title, and second on grass, in Berlin two weeks in the past, and opens towards Swedish qualifier Mirjam Bjorklund. Jabeur is projected to face Kaia Kanepi within the third spherical; the Estonian has garnered a repute as an unseeded upset artist at Grand Slams, however is seeded herself (at No.31) for the primary time at a serious since Roland Garros 2014.

A popcorn Spherical of 16 towards No.15 seed Kerber would require the German to go the exams of former World No.10 Kristina Mladenovic within the first spherical, and probably No.24 seed Elise Mertens within the third spherical.

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No.7 seed Danielle Collins is Jabeur’s projected quarterfinal opponent, however the Australian Open runner-up – who has not performed a match on grass but this yr – could have to navigate grass-court skilled Alison Riske, the No.28 seed, within the third spherical.

Emma Raducanu returns to the positioning of her fourth-round breakthrough final yr because the No.10 seed, and has landed in Collins’ sixteenth. The US Open champion has not performed since retiring as a result of an belly damage within the first spherical of Nottingham three weeks in the past, and faces one of many hardest unseeded gamers within the draw within the first spherical in Alison Van Uytvanck.

The Belgian owns a 12-2 report on grass this yr, having received each the Surbiton ITF W100 three weeks in the past and the Gaiba WTA 125 final week. In between, she reached the ‘s-Hertogenbosch quarterfinals, the place she took Aryna Sabalenka to a third-set tiebreak. Van Uytvanck additionally has robust historical past at Wimbledon, the place she dethroned defending champion Muguruza in 2018 en path to the fourth spherical.

First-round matches to observe: Katerina Siniakova Vs. [Q] Maja Chwalinska; Alison Van Uytvanck Vs. [10] Emma Raducanu; Camila Osorio Vs. [24] Elise Mertens; [31] Kaia Kanepi Vs. Diane Parry

Fourth quarter: Alternative for in-form Ostapenko, Haddad Maia, Bencic

No.2 seed Anett Kontaveit and No.5 seed Maria Sakkari head the fourth quarter of the draw by way of rating, however there’s additionally alternative for gamers who’ve proven sme severe grass-court kind this month. Kontaveit has not performed since falling to Ajla Tomljanovic within the first spherical of Roland Garros, and has revealed that she continues to be affected by the after-effects of Covid-19; whereas since reaching the Indian Wells remaining in March, Sakkari has compiled a modest 9-8 report.

Nonetheless, No.12 seed Jelena Ostapenko is Sakkari’s projected fourth-round opponent. The mercurial Latvian delivered an outstanding run of kind within the Center East in February earlier than being slowed by damage and inconsistency; however she is rounding again into kind on her beloved grass, and continues to be alive within the Eastbourne semifinals as defending champion this week.

Kontaveit will open towards Bernarda Pera, and will face a harmful projected third-round opponent in No.29 seed Anhelina Kalinina, recent off upsetting Sakkari in Eastbourne.

A 3rd-round barnburner may determine Kontaveit’s fourth-round foe. No.23 seed Beatriz Haddad Maia is on a 12-match grass-court successful streak, having captured her first two WTA titles in Nottingham and Birmingham earlier than persevering with her kind to achieve the Eastbourne semifinals. The Brazilian is projected to face No.14 seed Belinda Bencic within the third spherical, though the ankle damage that the Swiss participant sustained within the Berlin remaining lower than per week in the past shall be a query mark for her.

First-round matches to observe: Oceane Dodin Vs. [12] Jelena Ostapenko; [14] Belinda Bencic Vs. Wang Qiang; Kaja Juvan Vs. [23] Beatriz Haddad Maia

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