Monday 18 December 2017

Top clashes on the first day of Wimbledon

Serena Williams. Picture: Christophe Ena/AP
Serena Williams. Picture: Christophe Ena/AP

With the draw for the opening round completed, there is plenty of anticipation ahead of the start of Wimbledon on Monday with the world's top tennis stars setting out in search of success.

Here we highlight the most eye-catching five matches from first-round of the men's and women's singles draws.

MEN'S

NOVAK DJOKOVIC v FLORIAN MAYER

Djokovic, the top seed in SW19, will face world number 33 Mayer in the opening round in a repeat of last year's Wimbledon quarter-final.

Germany's Mayer had beaten the likes of Richard Gasquet to set-up the final eight clash with Djokovic, who won in straight sets.

ROGER FEDERER v VICTOR HANESCU

Defending champion Federer will take Romanian Hanescu in the opening match of the championships. Hanescu has only ever reached the third round at Wimbledon, in 2009 and 2010, and is unlikely to threaten Federer's tilt at an eighth title.

ANDY MURRAY v BENJAMIN BECKER

A repeat of their AEGON Championships quarter-final meeting at Queen's last week, Murray faces Germany's Becker as he looks to build on his final appearance last year. Murray won in straight-sets at Queen's but admitted afterwards he was impressed with the performance of the world number 95 on the grass.

TOMAS BERDYCH v MARTIN KLIZAN

The two have never met but world number 35 Klizan, who took Viktor Troicki to five sets in their second-round match last year in his Wimbledon debut, could provide a challenge to the seventh seed. Berdych lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2010 Wimbledon final and will be hoping for a similar run this time around.

STANISLAS WAWRINKA v LLEYTON HEWITT

Current world number 70 Hewitt won at Wimbledon 11 years ago and always saves his best for the grass, especially in-front of British fans. The Australian will pose a threat to 11th seed Wawrinka, who will be keen to improve on his best result at Wimbledon to date - two fourth-round appearances in 2008 and 2009.

 

WOMEN'S

SERENA WILLIAMS v MANDY MINELLA

Top seed Williams is always one of the major draws of the women's game. The 31-year-old picked up her fifth Wimbledon title last year and was successful in Roland Garros earlier this month. Minella made her Wimbledon debut last year but could not move past the first round and the odds will be stacked against her this time around.

LAURA ROBSON v MARIA KIRILENKO

The British number one has been handed a stern test in the opening round as she faces world number 10 Maria Kirilenko. Robson, who collected Olympic silver in the mixed doubles with Murray last summer, now faces an uphill battle to progress past the first-round of the championships.

MARIA SHARAPOVA v KRISTINA MLADENOVIC

Russia's Sharapova won at Wimbledon back in 2004 and the third seed will be looking to go one better than she did at the French Open, where she lost in straight sets to Williams. Like Minella, Mladenovic could not make it past the opening round on her first appearance at the All England Club last summer and is unlikely to do so this year.

AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA v YVONNE MEUSBURGER

Polish fourth seed Radwanska lost in three sets to Williams in last year's final and will again be looking to reach similar heights in 2013. She has been handed Austrian qualifier Meusburger as her first-round opponent and will be looking to ease into round two without too much of a challenge.

HEATHER WATSON v MADISON KEYS

After recovering from glandular fever earlier in the year Watson's grass-court preparations have been hit with a couple of unexpectedly early exits from events. The British number two will be hoping to halt that slide and progress past American world number 53 Keys, with the idea of at least matching last year's feat of reaching the third-round surely a target for the 21-year-old.

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