Serena Williams gears up for Wimbledon with great starting draw
London, UK - Serena Williams will begin her Wimbledon challenge against French player Harmony Tan, who will be making her main-draw debut.
For 40-year-old Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon singles champion, there will be relief at avoiding a seed in the first round.
Instead, the 23-time grand slam winner will face the world number 113, who lost in the first round of the recent French Open – perhaps as soft a landing as Williams could have had.
Wimbledon begins on Monday at the All England Club, with women's defending champion Ash Barty not involved after announcing a shock retirement in March.
Wimbledon will also see play from top American tennis stars
Awaiting the winner of Williams versus Tan will be American Christina McHale or Spanish 32nd seed Sara Sorribes Tormo, while last year's runner-up Karolina Pliskova is a potential third-round obstacle.
Estonia's Anett Kontaveit, who may struggle to live up to her billing as the second seed having never previously gone past round three, plays American Bernarda Pera first up.
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