Serena handed Minella test in opener

WIMBLEDON. Serena Williams will face Mandy Minella in the opening round of Wimbledon. The American top seed will begin her quest for a sixth title against the world number 92 from Luxembourg.
Defending champion Serena Williams will face Mandy Minella in the opening round. Net photo.
Defending champion Serena Williams will face Mandy Minella in the opening round. Net photo.

WIMBLEDON. Serena Williams will face Mandy Minella in the opening round of Wimbledon. The American top seed will begin her quest for a sixth title against the world number 92 from Luxembourg.

Zheng Jie, who nearly knocked her out in the third round last year, is a potential second round opponent while 2011 semi-finalist Sabine Lisicki is a possible tricky foe in the last 16.

She is in the same half as Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber with 2011 champion Petra Kvitova joining Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, seeded second and third in accordance with the rankings, in the other half.

Double Australian Open champion Azarenka is a possible last eight opponent for the Czech while French Open finalist Sara Errani could stand in the way of Sharapova in the quarters as she bids for a third title at the All England Club.

Sharapova opens up against Kristina Mladenovic while Kvitova faces Coco Vandeweghe and Azarenka meets Maria Joao Koehler.

The 10th seed Maria Kirilenko opens against British number one Laura Robson while Heather Watson faces Madison Keys and former world number one Jelena Jankovic meets Johanna Konta.

Of the other Brits, Tara Moore meets Kaia Kanepi, Samantha Murray faces Camila Giorgi, Garbine Muguruza clashes with Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha goes up against Flavia Panetta.

 

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