Serena looms over Pliskova, Gauff; Swiatek opens against Fett


The 2022 Wimbledon draw is out and pits seven-time champion Serena Williams against Harmony Tan in the first round, with a possible third-round clash against 2021 finalist Karolina Pliskova.

Elsewhere, No.1 seed Iga Swiatek will have a chance to make history when she opens against qualifier Jana Fett, while 2017 champion Garbiñe Muguruza landed in a stacked section that also includes former winners Grand Slam Bianca Andreescu and Sloane Stephens.

Wimbledon 2022: Seed Report | Full draw | 411


No.3 seed Ons Jabeur, champion in Berlin two weeks ago, could face 2018 champion Angelique Kerber in the fourth round. Both players are in the bottom half of the draw, while Swiatek and Serena are in the top half.

First quarter: Swiatek looks to extend streak; Muguruza stacked draw

Three weeks ago, Iga Swiatek matched Venus Williams’ 35-match winning streak, the longest on the Hologic WTA Tour this century, when she captured her second Roland Garros title. The Pole hasn’t played since, and if she beats the Croatian qualifier Fett in her first match, she’ll hold the record for this century on her own.

Swiatek, whose best Wimbledon performance to date was a fourth-round run last year, will continue her Channel Slam bid against either Danka Kovinic or wildcard Sonay Kartal. 27th seed Yulia Putintseva is her projected third-round opponent, and her predecessor as Roland Garros champion, 13th seed Barbora Krejcikova, could wait in the round of 16.

No.8 seed Jessica Pegula and No.9 seed Muguruza lead the second sixteenth of the draw. Muguruza opens against Greet Minnen, before taking on the winner of a popcorn first-round match between 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens and fast-growing teenager Zheng Qinwen, who was the only player to win a set against Swiatek in Paris. Zheng defeated Stephens in Charleston in April, but she is still looking for her first professional win on grass.

If Muguruza passes that test, she could face 17th seed Elena Rybakina or 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu in the third round.

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

Second quarter: Serena looms over Pliskova, Gauff

Making her singles comeback as a wild card after exactly one year out, the first seed Serena Williams could face is No.32 Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round. In her doubles comeback this week at Eastbourne, Serena teamed with Ons Jabeur to beat Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova in the first round, saving a match point along the way.

In the third round, Serena could face No.6 seed Pliskova, though the Czech will have to navigate two tough rounds first: she starts against compatriot Tereza Martincova and could face wild card Katie Boulter, who beat her in Eastbourne this week. week, in the second. round.

The projected fourth-round opponent for either Serena or Pliskova is No.11 seed Coco Gauff, fresh from her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros and a semi-final in Berlin. Gauff could face fellow American Amanda Anisimova, the 20th seed, in the third round.

No.4 seed Paula Badosa leads the second quarter in terms of standings and opens against qualifier Louisa Chirico, but two dangerous former champions lurk in the Spaniard’s eighth. 25th seed Petra Kvitova, winner here in 2011 and 2014, is Badosa’s projected third-round opponent, and 2019 champion Simona Halep could wait in the fourth round.

Before that, Kvitova and Halep will need to survive dangerous full power. Kvitova could face Birmingham quarterfinalist Dayana Yastremska in the second round, with Halep projected to face 21st seed Camila Giorgi in the third round. Halep could also face former Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens, who is playing in the last singles tournament of her career, in the second round.

First-round matches to watch: Ana Bogdan vs. Dayana Yastremska; [21] Camila Giorgi against 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] Caroline Pliskova

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

For the second straight major, Jabeur joined Swiatek on a winning streak to start his campaign. The Tunisian captured her third title, and second on grass, in Berlin two weeks ago, opening against Swedish qualifier Mirjam Bjorklund. Jabeur is projected to face Kaia Kanepi in the third round; The Estonian has earned a reputation as a surprise unseeded performer at Grand Slams, but she herself is seeded (31st) for the first time at a major since 2014 Roland Garros.

A round of popcorn against No.15 seed Kerber will require the German to pass the tests of former World No.10 Kristina Mladenovic in the first round, and potentially No.24 seed Elise Mertens in the third round.

Reel of Champions: How Ons Jabeur won Berlin 2022

2022 Berlin

No.7 seed Danielle Collins is Jabeur’s projected quarterfinal opponent, but the Australian Open runner-up, who has yet to play a grass-court match this year, may need to navigate the grass-court expert. Turf Alison Riske, the 28th seed, in the third round.

Emma Raducanu returns to the site of her fourth-round breakthrough last year as the No.10 seed, and has landed 16th from Collins. The US Open champion has not played since she withdrew with an abdominal injury in the Nottingham first round three weeks ago, and faces one of the toughest unseeded players in the draw in the first round, Alison Van Uytvanck. .

The Belgian has a 12-2 record on grass this year, having won the Surbiton ITF W100 three weeks ago and the Gaiba WTA 125 last week. In between, she reached the quarterfinals at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, where she led Aryna Sabalenka to a third-set tiebreak. Van Uytvanck also has a strong history at Wimbledon, where she dethroned defending champion Muguruza in 2018 en route to the fourth round.

First-round matches to watch: 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: Chance for the fit Ostapenko, Haddad Maia, Bencic

No.2 seed Anett Kontaveit and No.5 seed Maria Sakkari lead the fourth quarter of the draw in terms of ranking, but there are also opportunities for players who have shown serious form on grass court. this month. Kontaveit has not played since she fell to Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round at Roland Garros, and has revealed that she is still suffering from the aftermath of Covid-19; while since she reached the Indian Wells final in March, Sakkari has compiled a modest 9-8 record.

However, No.12 seed Jelena Ostapenko is Sakkari’s projected fourth-round opponent. The mercurial Latvian showed phenomenal form in the Middle East in February before being slowed down by injuries and inconsistencies; but he is returning to form on his beloved turf, and is still alive in the Eastbourne semi-finals as the defending champion this week.

Kontaveit will open against Bernarda Pera, and could face a dangerous projected third-round opponent in No.29 seed Anhelina Kalinina, who just defeated Sakkari at Eastbourne.

A third-round barn could decide Kontaveit’s fourth-round foe. No.23 seed Beatriz Haddad Maia is riding a 12-match winning streak on grass courts, having captured her first two WTA titles in Nottingham and Birmingham before continuing her form to reach the semi-finals of Eastbourne. The Brazilian is projected to face No.14 seed Belinda Bencic in the third round, although the ankle injury the Swiss player suffered in the Berlin final less than a week ago will be a question mark for her.

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

Click here to see the full draw for Wimbledon 2022.