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Serena Williams averted any early matchups towards opponents with success to talk of at Wimbledon in a draw on Friday that might put her towards No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina within the third spherical.

Williams is returning to the grass-court match for the primary time since 2016 after lacking it final yr whereas pregnant. She gave start to a daughter in September.

She is ranked exterior the highest 150, however the All England Club determined to seed her 25th primarily based on previous success, which incorporates accumulating seven of her 23 Grand Slam singles trophies at Wimbledon. Williams’ first-round opponent when play begins on Monday might be 107th-ranked Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, who has one profession tour title.

Williams is competing for the primary time since she pulled out of the French Open forward of a fourth-round showdown towards five-time main champion Maria Sharapova in early June, citing an injured chest muscle. That was Williams’ return to Grand Slam motion after a 16-month absence.

When will sisters meet?

Rus has solely as soon as been so far as Wimbledon’s third spherical, again in 2012. That was the final time she gained a match on the All England Club. She was overwhelmed within the first spherical of qualifying a yr in the past, as have been each of the ladies Williams might meet within the second spherical, 136th-ranked qualifier Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria and 167th-ranked wild-card recipient Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic.

Svitolina has solely as soon as been so far as the fourth spherical.

Williams’ potential fourth-round opponent, 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys, made one quarterfinal look, whereas the 36-year-old American’s potential quarterfinal foe, reigning Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, has by no means been past the fourth spherical.

Williams might face her older sister, five-time champion and No. 9 seed Venus, within the semifinals. Venus Williams opens towards 62nd-ranked Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who’s 0-7 at Wimbledon.

The Williams sisters are usually not within the doubles draw. They have gained. 

In the highest half of the ladies’s bracket, the quarterfinals might be French Open champion Simona Halep vs. two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, and defending champ Garbine Muguruza vs. No. 6 Caroline Garcia. In the underside half, No. 2 Wozniacki was drawn to face Svitolina, whereas 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens might play No. 7 Karolina Pliskova.

Nadal and Federer on reverse sides

The potential males’s quarterfinals within the prime half are eight-time champion Roger Federer vs. 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Kevin Anderson, and 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic vs. No. 6 seed Grigor Dimitrov. In the underside half of the bracket, it might be two-time Wimbledon winner Rafael Nadal vs. 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, and No. 4 Alexander Zverev vs. No. 7 Dominic Thiem.

Two-time champion Andy Murray will face 48th-ranked Benoit Paire within the first spherical. It’s a rematch of Murray’s fourth-round victory over the Frenchman on the All England Club in 2017.

That was Murray’s final win earlier than he sat out almost a yr due to an injured hip that was surgically repaired in January.

He returned to motion final week and so is ranked solely 156th and unseeded at Wimbledon, which he gained in 2013 and 2016.

Murray might face 26th-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Canada within the second spherical.

‘Lucky loser’ Polansky goes by way of

A fifth Canadian is heading to the primary singles draw at Wimbledon.

For the third consecutive Grand Slam, Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont., is in as a fortunate loser.

Lucky losers are gamers who lose within the remaining spherical of qualifying, however are eligible to take a spot in the primary subject when one other participant drops out or is injured.

Polansky will tackle Dennis Novak of Austria within the first spherical.

Polansky joins Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver in the primary draw.

Raonic, the 13th seed, will face Liam Broady of Great Britain within the first spherical.

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