LONDON – Serena Williams avoided early encounters with opponents, who had run out of draw at Wimbledon on Friday, bringing them to number 5 star Elina Svitolina in the third round.
Alexis Olympia is excited to start Wimbledon. She is already looking at the grass that wants to tear her mother.
Serena Williams, who was released at the French Open after her world ranking during her pregnancy and maternity leave, will be number 25 at Wimbledon
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are in various stages of form but it looks like they will all be on the places of the All England Club.
Williams returns to the turf tournament for the first time since 2016 after missing it during pregnancy last year. She gave birth to a daughter in September.
She is ranked outside the top 150, but the All England Club decided to make her 25th based on past success, recording seven of her 23 Grand Slam singles trophies at Wimbledon. Williams' first-round opponent, when the game starts on Monday, will be Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands with 107th place having a career tour title.
Williams competes for the first time since completing the French Open before a Fourth Round Showdown against five-time champion Maria Sharapova in early June, citing an injured chest muscle. That was Williams's return to grand slam action after 16 months absence.
Rus was only once as far as Wimbledon's third round, in 2012. That was the last time she won a match in the All England Club. She was beaten a year ago in the first qualifying round, as were the women Williams could beat in the second round, Ukrainian Viktoriya Tomova (136th) and Czech Tereza Smitkova (167).
Svitolina had come only once until the fourth round.
Williams' possible opponent in the fourth round, the US runner-up of 2017, Madison Keys, hit a quarter-final, while the 36-year-old American quarter-final opponent, reigning Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, was never beyond the fourth round. Williams could face the semi-final against her older sister, the five-time champion and the number 9 of Venus. Venus Williams meets 62. Johanna Larsson from Sweden, who won 0-7 at Wimbledon
In the upper half of the women's round, the quarter-finals were able to defend and defend French Open winner Simona Halep against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova Champion Garbine Muguruza against No. 6 Caroline Garcia. In the lower half, No. 2 Wozniacki was drawn against Svitolina, while in 2017 US Open Champion Sloane Stephens No. 7 Karolina Pliskova was able to play.
The possible quarterfinals of the men in the top half are eight-time champions Roger Federer vs. Kevin Anderson, US Open 2017 Winner, and Marin Cilic, US Open Champion 2014, Grigor Dimitrov. In the lower half of the group, it could be the two-time Wimbledon winner Rafael Nadal against the 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro and the No. 4 Alexander Zverev against the 7th Dominic Thiem.
Two-time champion Andy Murray will face the 48th Benoit Paire in the first round. It is a rematch of Murray's victory in the fourth round against the French in the 2017 All England Club.
This was Murray's last win before being suspended for nearly a year for an injured hip that was repaired in January.
He returned to the action last week, leaving Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016, only 156th and unused.
Murray could go 26th in the second round against Denis Shapovalov of Canada.