Venue: All-England Club Dates: 27 June-10 July
The women’s first round of qualifying had been completed on the second day of play at this year’s Wimbledon Championships. Unlike yesterday, when the play had been affected by the weather, all the men and women’s matches scheduled (safe one, suspended for the late hour) had been played until the end. All the top ten seeds grabbed their victories, with some upsets as seven of the other fourteen seeded players suffered an early defeat.
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Serena Williams is the most dominant player in tennis today, but she isn’t always consistent. She wasn’t consistent at the French Open, when she fell to Garbine Muguruza in the finals, and she hasn’t been perfect otherwise in 2016. But going into Wimbledon, which begins on Monday, June 27 and runs through Sunday, July 10, Williams is the top seed and favorite to walk away with her seventh title from The Championships.
Williams will likely face familiar foes throughout the draw. The top half of the draw looks tougher than the bottom half, with Williams having all of Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Belinda Bencic and Timea Bacsinszky in her half. The French Open draw looked like the toughest in years for Williams, but fortunate early exits from some of her competitors gave her a relatively easy road to the finals, where she met Muguruza.
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Women to watch
Britain’s number one has had a phenomenal rise — she’s gone from a ranking of 126 before Wimbledon in 2015 to the top 20 in a year. The 25-year-old is a real inspiration, proof that dedication, grit, hard work and application can pay off.
Our greatest current player is one title shy of Steffi Graf’s 22 grand slams — and has come very close to equalling it. At the 2015 US Open she lost in the semi- finals, then put herself in the position again to match Graf at the Australian Open and French Open this year, but lost in the final of both. At 34, she hasn’t quite managed to get herself over the line, so it’s a hugely significant time in her career.
Garbiñe Muguruza is a real revelation, and a new star in women’s tennis. It’s so thrilling that she’s broken through now. She reached the final at Wimbledon last year and, at 22, has just won the French Open, her first grand slam. She has a wonderful poise and elegance in the way she handles herself on the court.
The 24-year-old Brit is my second pick for the title. She’s got a neat and tidy game; she was beaten by Serena Williams at Wimbledon in the third round last year, but has vastly improved since then.
Full schedule (all times Eastern, seeded matches included)
Day 1, Monday, June 27
No. 2 Garbine Muguruza def. Camila Giorgi, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
No. 4 Angelique Kerber vs. Laura Robson
No. 5 Simona Halep vs. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
No. 8 Venus Williams def. Donna Vekic, 7-6(3), 6-4
No. 9 Madison Keys def. Laura Siegemund, 6-3, 6-1
No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro def. Shuai Zhang, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
No. 14 Samantha Stosur def. Magda Linette, 7-5, 6-3
No. 15 Karolina Pliskova vs. Yanina Wickmayer
No. 17 Elina Svitolina def. Naomi Broady, 6-2, 6-3
No. 20 Sara Errani def. Patricia Maria Tig, 6-4, 6-4
No. 22 Jelena Jankovic vs. Stefanie Voegele
Ekaterina Alexandrova def. No. 23 Ana Ivanovic, 6-2, 7-5
Carina Witthoeft def. No. 25 Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-1, 6-4
No. 26 Kiki Bertens vs. Jelena Ostapenko
No. 28 Lucie Safarova def. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 7-5
No. 29 Daria Kasatkina def. Victoria Duval, 6-0, 7-5
Day 2, Tuesday, June 28
No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Amra Sadikovic
No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Kozlova Kateryna
No. 6 Roberta Vinci vs. Alison Riske
No. 7 Belinda Bencic vs. Tsvetana Pironkova
No. 10 Petra Kvitoa vs. Sorana Cirstea
No. 11 Timea Bacsinszky vs. Luksika Kumkhum
No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Caroline Wozniacki
No. 16 Johanna Konta vs. Monica Puig
No. 18 Sloane Stephens vs. Shuai Peng
No. 19 Dominicka Cibulkova vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
No. 21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Su-Wei Hsieh
No. 24 Barbora Strycova vs. Anett Kontaveit
No. 27 Coco Vandeweghe vs. Kateryna Bondarenko
No. 30 Caroline Garcia vs. Cagla Buyukakcay
No. 31 Kristina Mladenovic vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich
No. 32 Andrea Petkovic vs. Nao Hibino
Day 3, Wednesday, June 29
Second round play
Day 4, Thursday, June 30
Second round play
Day 5, Friday, July 1
Third round play
Day 6, Saturday, July 2
Third round play
Day 7, Monday, July 4
Round of 16
Day 8, Tuesday, July 5
Day 9, Wednesday, July 6
Day 10, Thursday, July 7
Day 11, Friday, July 8
Day 12, Saturday, July 9
Day 13, Sunday, July 10
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