By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Author
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Serena Williams will start her Wimbledon comeback by dealing with Concord Tan, a 24-year-old from France who’s ranked 113th and owns a 2-6 profession document in Grand Slam matches.
The location of Williams within the ladies’s bracket was probably the most anticipated side of Friday’s draw on the All England Membership. She is making her first look in singles at any match since she damage her proper leg and stopped enjoying in the course of the first set of her first-round match at Centre Court docket a yr in the past.
Due to her lack of exercise over the previous 12 months, Williams — who has been No. 1 within the rankings — is outdoors the WTA’s high 1,200 this week and so might have ended up wherever within the area and towards any opponent within the first spherical. She solely returned to the tour this week by enjoying two doubles matches at a tuneup occasion in England and was awarded a wild-card invitation to Wimbledon.
Whereas the 40-year-old American’s monitor document would benefit a seeding, the All England Membership now adheres strictly to the rankings in figuring out the way it seeds gamers.
Williams has received seven Wimbledon championships, a part of her complete of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a document for the skilled period. Tan, in the meantime, shall be making her debut on the grass-court match.
If Williams will get previous Tan, subsequent up might be a match towards Sara Sorribes Tormo, who’s seeded thirty second however has by no means been previous the second spherical on the All England Membership or the third spherical at any main in 19 previous appearances.
The third spherical probably would put Williams towards a harder check: No. 6-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who was the runner-up to Ash Barty final yr at Wimbledon and likewise reached the ultimate of the 2016 U.S. Open — beating Williams within the semifinals there.
Barty retired at age 25 in March and so shouldn’t be defending her title when play begins on Monday. That additionally leaves open the query of which girl could have the honour of enjoying the primary match at Centre Court docket on Tuesday, a slot historically reserved for the prior yr’s champion.
The 2 most definitely selections would appear to be No. 1 Iga Swiatek, who enters on a 35-match successful streak and is coming off a title on the French Open, or Simona Halep, who received the 2019 trophy at Wimbledon, beating Williams within the remaining, however didn’t get the prospect to start issues at Centre Court docket in 2020, when the match was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, or in 2021, as a result of she was injured and unable to play.
The projected ladies’s quarterfinals based mostly on seedings are Swiatek vs. No. 8 Jessica Pegula, Pliskova vs. No. 4 Paula Badosa, No. 2 Anett Kontaveit vs. No. 5 Maria Sakkari, and No. 3 Ons Jabeur vs. No. 7 Danielle Collins.
The potential males’s quarterfinals are top-seeded Novak Djokovic vs. No. 5 Carlos Alcaraz, No. 3 Casper Ruud vs. No. 7 Hubert Hurkacz, No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 6 Felix Auger-Aliassime, and No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. No. 8 Matteo Berrettini.
Djokovic received his third consecutive Wimbledon title — and sixth general — by beating Berrettini in final yr’s remaining.
Djokovic will get the honour of beginning play on Centre Court docket on Monday, when he’ll face Seventy fifth-ranked Kwon Quickly-woo of South Korea.
Though Djokovic’s rating has slid to No. 3, he leads the boys’s seeding as a result of No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and No. 2 Alexander Zverev are usually not within the area. Medvedev is Russian, and all gamers from that nation and Belarus had been banned by the All England Membership due to the battle in Ukraine. Zverev is recovering after tearing ligaments in his proper foot throughout his French Open semifinal towards Nadal, who went on to win his 14th championship there and males’s-record twenty second general on the majors.
Andy Murray, who received two of his three Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon, was drawn to face James Duckworth within the first spherical, whereas three-time main champion Stan Wawrinka goes up towards No. 10 Jannik Sinner, and Nick Kyrgios faces British wild-card entry Paul Jubb.
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