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Top 5 Wimbledon First Classics – Trouble for Osaka, Kerber | TENNIS.com



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The draw ceremony took place on Friday morning at Wimbledon, and some of the best players were definitely luckier than others when it came to determining which opponents in the first round they were draws.

There are five women's first-round matches this year in Wimbledon:

[2] Naomi Osaka (JPN) v Yulia Putintseva (KAZ)

Osaka has probably played the most difficult game in the first round of all the top female players Yulia Putintseva. Not only did Putintseva defeat Osaka in the only Wimbledon opening tournament, which she had defeated 6-2, 6-3 last week in the second round of Birmingham, but the Kazakhs actually won both of their previous matches in straight sets. After defeating the Japanese in straight sets 6: 3, 6: 3 in the first round of the Australian Open Upfield Tournament in Hobart last year.

Osaka lost the No. 1

at Ashleigh Barty earlier this week in Birmingham and loses Barty all the way to the title. The runner-up in Japan has a chance to regain the No. 1 spot this fifteen days, along with Karolina Pliskova # 3, Kiki Bertens # 4 and Petra Kvitova # 6.

Venus Williams (USA) vs. [Q]] Cori " Coco "Gauff (USA)

In a generational match between a tennis legend and one of the brightest prospects for the sport – as well as the youngest and oldest player in the women's draw – 39-year-old Venus will be in the first round with the 15-year-old Gauff record. Venus is a five-time champion at Wimbledon in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008, while Gauff, who was born in 2004, has written a little history this year and qualified as the youngest player for the home team to draw Wimbledon in the open era.

Gauff has been the first 15-year-old since Laura Robson in 2009 to compete in Wimbledon.

Before the draw took place, Gauff said it would be "amazing" to play a Williams in the first round.

[5] Angelique Kerber (GER) v Tatjana Maria (GER)

Wimbledon is Kerber's best Grand Slam – not only did she win the title in 2018, but she is also the only Grand Slam in which she has passed more than one final to Serena Williams in 2016. But number 5 has not won a title since the conquest of SW19 a year ago, and her opponent Tatjana Maria, a German compatriot, is with four career victories pretty much the giant killer over the top 10 players. One of those top 10 wins actually came in the first round of Wimbledon a year ago against Elina Svitolina.

Maria beat Kerber in her only career meeting, even though she was on sand in Barcelona 10 years ago.

[6] Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs. Ons Jabeur (TUN)

Like Kerber, Kvitova's best Grand Slam is right here at Wimbledon – she is champion twice in 2011 and 2014. But she has not played since the French Open. An arm injury kept her away from Paris and the preparation season on the lawn.

To complicate the comeback, Jabeur is running – she has just reached the semi-finals of the Eastbourne Premier Level kick-off event defeating Johanna Konta despite having to retire before her semifinals due to an ankle injury. The Tunisian also has three career top 10 wins.

A number of former No. 1 players have tried to work their way up this year, and Azarenka – a two-time Australian Open champion – is one of them. She returned to the top 50 in February, the first time since she became a mother, and she was five points ahead of the win against then – no. 1 Osaka at Roland Garros. She starts against Cornet, a former number 11, and although the Belarusian has won all five of her previous encounters, three of her last four have lost three sets.



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