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Wimbledon 2018 Draw: Serena Williams is in front of gloves; Federer and Nadal could meet in the semifinals



Wimbledon starts on Monday, which means predictions and speculation over the weekend. The draw on Friday began with the pre-season, especially after Serena Williams was placed 25th, even though she was outside the top 32 . Williams had no seed at the French Open after taking more than 14 months to deliver her daughter.

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Women's Mount

Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki are back at the opposite ends of the mount. No. 1 Halep, fresh from her first big win at the French Open, sits in Section 1, with a possible fourth round match against No. 1

5 Elise Mertens. However, Mertens has a possible third round with Joanna Konta, so it is not child's play for them. Section 2 of the bracket has No. 8 Petra Kvitova and No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko as headliner. Maria Sharapova is also in the section and comes from the quarter-finals at the French Open. Sharapova pulled past Serena Williams when Williams dropped out in the second round with an injury . The winner of this section will contest quarter-finals against title winners.

In Section 3, defending champion Garbine Muguruza shares a brace with Eugenie Bouchard and Daria Kasatkina. Muguruza lost to Halep in the semi-finals of the French Open. Should she go through her section, she would face the winner of Section 4, which includes Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia and German Angelique Kerber. Kerber was another player who was defeated by Halep in the French Open and made it to the quarter-finals before bouncing back in three sets.

In the lower half of the group, Karolina Pliskova and Venus Williams are the key players in Section 5. Williams is trying to come back from the rounds of the first round, the first time in her career that this has happened. Her first game will be against Johanna Larsson. In Section 6, No. 4, Sloane Stephens begins her tournament against Donna Vekic after losing to Halep in the final of the French Open. Julia Gorges sits opposite her on the bracket opposite. If the Williams sisters both get through their braces, they would have a quarter-final matchup, but it's a tough journey there.

Serena Williams has indeed one of the keener games of the tournament. Of the No. 25 seeds, Williams No. 5 will see Elina Svitolina in the third round if she can do it there. Madison Keys is the player to beat in the lower half of the section and maybe see Williams or Svitolina. Williams's potential will depend in part on her recovery status from a breast injury that has forced her to retract against Maria Sharapova. Finally, Caroline Wozniacki and CoCo Vandeweghe headline section 8. Wozniacki won her first major earlier this year in the Australian Open, but had a disappointing French open-out when she was eliminated in the knockout stages of Kasatkina.

Williams would have to reach the semi-finals to get the match against Sharapova that the fans wanted to see at the French Open. It's a tough journey to get there and their health could play a big role in this tournament.

Men's bracket

It only fits that Roger Federer is the # 1 in the men's class. The defending champion took the rest of the clay court season after winning the Australian Open and the 36-year-old is back in action. He shares a match with Borna Coric, a young Croatian star, who played only Federer at the Halle Open last Sunday and lost in three sets against Federer in the final (19659002). Sam Querrey and South Africa's Kyle Anderson share a section. The Frenchman Richard Gasquet will be a dark horse in section 2, as he wants to improve in two rounds of 32 playoffs. Gasquet's draw will not make it any easier as he will face a potential match against Querrey in the first knockout round first leg – though he has to go through compatriot Gael Monfils first.

Grigor Dimitrov has a difficult opening game against Stan Wawrinka after a difficult round of 32 defeat at the French Open. Dimitrov has only played since the Open at the Queen's Club Championships, so he's trying to come back. He lost to the championships against Novak Djokovic. American John Isner, the highest placed American at Wimbledon, faces a possible third round with Pablo Carreno-Busta. The Canadian Milos Raonic would have a tough match against No. 3 Marin Cilic when Section 4 goes to the chalk. Raonic has made waves since his first leg in the first round of the Australian Open and has since been at least in the round of the last 16 in each tournament. He did not play in the French Open, but he hopes his return to Major Play will bring better results.

Novak Djokovic has a difficult draw, with a possible third round match with British No. 1 Kyle Edmund. If he survived, he would make an appointment with Dominic Thiem. Djokovic returns since his bad end in 2017 back. In the quarter-finals of the French Open he was eliminated by Marco Cecchinato, and at the Australian Open, he reached the knockout stages. In both majors this year, he only encountered hot players. He will try to reverse his luck in England, but first he must come through the controversial Tennys Sandgren. Nick Kyrgios and Alex Zverev are the names in Section 6. The ever-polarizing Kyrgyos is looking for his first semi-final with a Major, and Zverev will probably be the biggest obstacle to getting there. Kyrgios is notorious for losing in matches he should not lose, so he'll try to defy that trend.

Section 7 is interesting, as it houses the return of British star and former world champion Andy Murray. Murray has not played since Wimbledon last year when he lost to Querrey in the quarter-finals. Murray's status is not yet certain since he will only play if he is "competitive". He lost in the first round of the Queen's Club Championships against Kyrgios, but his win over Stan Wawrinka at Eastbourne International is an encouraging sign. He is in a group with Jack Sock, David Goffin and Juan Martin del Potro. He has a chance to make it but all have played strong tennis.

Finally headlines Rafael Nadal section 8, which has French Open Star Cecchinato and Diego Schwartzman. Nadal has beaten Schwartzman on his way to another French Open win, so maybe Schwartzman gets another shot at player # 2.

All this builds up to a possible Nadal Federer semi-final, but as always, it's a long way to go. We'll see what upsets may unfold when the tournament starts on Monday.


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