Wimbledon 2022 draw: Serena Williams passes tan test as Radukanu draws Van Uytvank

Williams, a 40-year-old seven-time Wimbledon singles champion, will be relieved to avoid a seed in the first round.

Williams was ruled out of the wildcard as he did not play singles due to an ankle injury in the opening match of Wimbledon 12 months ago.

Instead, the 23-time Grand Slam winner will be ranked 113th in the world, having recently lost in the first round of the French Open, perhaps as slowly as Williams.

Wimbledon kicks off at the All England Club on Monday, with defending women’s champion Ash Barty missing after announcing a shocking retirement in March.

Williams is back at Eastbourne International this week and Owens Jabur has won two rounds in doubles, having previously been ruled out due to a knee injury.

The winner of the Williams vs. Tan is awaited by Christina McHale of the United States or Sarah Soribes Tormo of Spain, ranked 32nd, while last year’s runner-up Carolina Pliskova is a potential disability in the third round.

Women’s top seed Inga Switek is set to face Croatian qualifier Jana Fate, while Britain’s US Open champion Emma Radukanu will face veteran Belgian Allison van Uytwank, who won Wimbledon four years ago. Defeated previous winner Garbin Muguruza.

Tunisia’s third-seeded Jaber was up against Swedish qualifier Mirzam Byarklund, Pliskova’s teammate Czech Tereza Martinkova and American Coco Goff in the first Grand Slam final in Paris against Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Rousseau.

Estonia’s Annette Kontaveit, who may be struggling to complete her billing for a second-round pick that never crossed the third round, plays first against Bernarda Pera of the United States.

Among the former champions, Angelique Kerber faced Christina Mladenovic in her opening match, while Simona Halep was tasked with a tough task against Carolina Muchova.

Of all the players in this year’s draw, Muchova is the woman with the highest winning percentage in Wimbledon’s main draw.

The Czechs have an 80 percent success record, winning eight games and losing twice, reaching the semifinals of their previous two games, losing to Elena Svitolina in 2019 and Kerber last season.


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