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Sharapova starts against Rodionova at SW19

Sharapova starts against Rodionova at SW19

By Eurosport
Last update The 22/06/2012 at 15:13 -
By Eurosport - The 22/06/2012 at 15:13
New world number one Maria Sharapova begins her Wimbledon campaign with a match against Australian Anastasia Rodionova.

Sharapova moved back to the top of the world rankings with her French Open triumph earlier this month, and as runner-up at SW19 last year she will be a favourite to win her first Wimbledon title since 2004.

Defending champion Petra Kvitova, seeded fourth this year, will start her defence in traditional style on Tuesday afternoon on Centre Court against world number 96 Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan.

Sharapova was placed in a different half of the draw to Kvitova, four-times winner Serena Williams and world number two Victoria Azarenka.

Williams will play Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Azarenka plays the United States' Irina Falconi.

All the top seeds avoided an early encounter with Venus Williams who is ranked 55 in the world and was lurking in the draw with the potential on grass to derail their hopes.

The pick of the first-round ties for British hopefuls sees Laura Robson take on former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.

British number one Anne Keothavong plays the world number 100 Laura Pous-Tio, while Elena Baltacha faces Karin Klapp and Heather Watson meets Iveta Benesova.

FULL WOMEN'S DRAW

1-Maria Sharapova v Anastasia Rodionova

Vesna Dolonc v Tsvetana Pironkova

Su-Wei Hsieh v Virginie Razzano

Stephan Foretz Gacon v 29-Monica Niculescu

23-Petra Cetkovska v Vania King

Sloane Stephens v Karolina Pliskova

Bojana Jovanovski v Eleni Daniilidou

Petra Martic v 15-Sabine Lisicki

12-Vera Zvonareva v Mona Barthel

Edina Gallovits-Hall v Silva Soler-Espinosa

Kai-Chen Chang v Andrea Hlavackova

Kim Clijsters v 18-Jelena Jankovic

28-Christina McHale v Johanna Konta

Lesia Tsurenko v Mathilde Johansson

Ekaterina Makarova v Alberta Brianti

Lucie Hradecka v 8-Angelique Kerber

3-Agnieszka Radwanska v Magdalena Rybarikova

Venus Williams v Elena Vesnina

Iveta Benesova v Heather Watson

Jamie Lee Hampton v 27-Daniela Hantuchova

20-Nadia Petrova v Maria Elena Camerin

Timea Babos v Melanue Oudin

Tamarine Tanasugarn v Anna Tatishvili

Camila Giorgi v 16-Flavia Pennetta

11-La Ni v Ksenia Pervak

Sorana Cirstea v Pauline Parmentier

Naomi Broady v Lourdes Dominguez Lino

Alexandra Cadantu v 17-Maria Kirilenko

30- Shuai Peng v Sandra Zaniewska

Jarmila Gajdosova v Ayumi Morita

Arantxa Rus v Misaki Doi

Carla Suarez Navarro v 5-Sam Stosur

6-Serena Williams v Barbora Zahlavova Strycova

Johanna Larsson v Melinda Czink

Vera Dushevina v Aleksandra Wozniak

Stephanie Dubois v 25-Jie Zheng

19-Lucie Safarova v Kiki Bertens

Chanelle Scheepers v Yaroslava Shvedova

Laura Pous-Tio v Anne Keothavong

Coco Vandeweghe v 10-Sara Errani

13-Dominika Cibulkova v Klara Zakopalova

Olga Govortsova v Annika Beck

Polona Hercog v Kristyna Pliskova

Laura Robson v 24-Francesca Schiavone

31-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Sofia Arvidsson

Patricia Mayr-Achleitner v Varvara Lepchenko

Elena Baltacha v Karin Knapp

Akgul Amanmuradova v 4-Petra Kvitova

7-Caroline Wozniacki v Tamira Paszek

Alize Cornet v Nina Bratchikova

Greta Arn v Galina Voskoboeva

Yanina Wickmayer v 32-Svetlana Kuznetsova

21-Roberta Vinci v Ashleigh Barty

Urszula Radwanska v Marina Erakovic

Mirjana Lucic v Alexandra Panova

Casey Dellacqua v 9-Marion Bartoli

14-Ana Ivanovic v Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez

Kimiko Date-Krumm v Kateryna Bondarenko

Anastasiya Yakimova v Mandy Minella

Shahar Peer v 22-Julia Goerges

26-Anabel Medina Garrigues v Simona Halep

Jana Cepelova v Kristina Mladenovic

Irina-Camelia Begu v Romina Oprandi

Irina Falconi v 2-Victoria Azarenka

 
 

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