Robson set for tough Centre Court debut
Wimbledon 2010: Women's Draw
Saturday 19 June 2010
Laura Robson is still only 16, but Britain's 2008 junior Wimbledon champion is learning fast. The next phase in her education will come in the first round at the All England Club next week.
Robson has been paired with Jelena Jankovic, the world No 4, in what looks certain to be the Briton's first appearance on Centre Court.
Robson will be eligible to play in junior tournaments until 2013 but has played in seven senior events already this year, climbing to a career-high 236 in the world rankings.
She won three matches at the recent Aegon Classic at Edgbaston, with the world No 78, Stefanie Voegele, among her victims.
Jankovic, a former world No 1, had a difficult 2009 but has had a better first half of this season and reached the semi-finals at the French Open. However, the 25-year-old Serb has failed to go beyond the fourth round in her six previous appearances at Wimbledon.
Heather Watson, Britain's reigning US Open junior champion, has a much more winnable draw against Italy's Romina Oprandi, the world No 140.
"I've been looking her up on the internet and I've asked a few people about her to get some tips," Watson said.
Serena Williams, the top seed, could meet Maria Sharapova in the fourth round. Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, who are both returning to Wimbledon after coming out of retirement, could meet at the same stage in the other half of the draw, which also includes Venus Williams, the No 2 seed.
Wimbledon Women's First Round Draw
S Williams (US) 1 v M L de Brito (Por)
A Chakvetadze (Rus) v A Petkovic (Ger)
T Tanasugarn (Tha) v A Morita (Japan)
D Cibulkova (Slvk) v L Safarova (Cz Rep) 25
D Hantuchova (Slvk) 24 v V King (US)
B Z'lavova-Strycova (Cz Rep) v E Vesnina (Rus)
I R Olaru (Rom) v A Cornet (Fr)
K B'darenko (Ukr) v M Sharapova (Rus) 16
N Li (China) 9 v C Scheepers (SA)
M D Marino (Col) v K Nara (Japan)
A Keothavong (GB) v A Rodionova (Rus)
A A'muradova (Uzb) v S K'netsova (Rus) 19
S Errani (It) 32 v J Coin (Fr)
A P Santonja (Sp) v O Govortsova (Blr)
A Brianti (It) v J Craybas (US)
M Czink (Hun) v A Radwanska (Pol) 7
C Wozniacki (Den) 3 v T Garbin (It)
A Rus (Hol) v K C Chang (Tpe)
S Bammer (Aut) v R Vinci (It)
I B'nesova (Cz Rep) v A P'chenkova (Rus) 29
J Zheng (China) 23 v P Parmentier (Fr)
S Cirstea (Rom) v P Kvitova (Cz Rep)
B Jovanovski (Ser) v C Dellacqua (Aus)
M Lucic (Cro) v V Azarenka (Blr) 14
F Pennetta (It) 10 v A M Garrigues (Sp)
M Niculescu (Rom) v G Dulko (Arg)
K Zakopalova (Cz Rep) v Y Meusburger (Aut)
M Rybarikova (Slvk) v A Rezai (Fr) 18
A Dulgheru (Rom) 31 v K D Krumm (Japan)
R S Oprandi (It) v H Watson (GB)
T Bacsinszky (Swit) v E Gallovits (Rom)
K Kanepi (Est) v S Stosur (Aus) 6
K Clijsters (Bel) 8 v M E Camerin (It)
K Sprem (Cro) v B Mattek-Sands (US)
S Perry (US) v A Yakimova (Belar)
S Voegele (Swit) v M Kirilenko (Rus) 27
J Henin (Bel) 17 v A Sevastova (Lat)
K Barrois (Ger) v M Koryttseva (Ukr)
Y-J Chan (Tpe) v P Schnyder (Swit)
T Malek (Ger) v N Petrova (Rus) 12
Y Wickmayer (Bel) 15 v A Riske (US)
M Oudin (US) v K Flipkens (Bel)
N L'cheewakarn (Tha) v A Hlavackova (Cz Rep)
N L Vives (Sp) v V Zvonareva (Rus) 21
A Bondarenko (Ukr) 28 v K O'Brien (GB)
L Hradecka (Cz Rep) v V Lepchenko (US)
E Daniilidou (Gre) v A Wozniak (Can)
L Robson (GB) v J Jankovic (Ser) 4
F Schiavone (It) 5 v V Dushevina (Rus)
T Pironkova (Bul) v A Lapushchenkova (Rus)
R Kulikova (Rus) v M South (GB)
P Hercog (Slo) v Y Shvedova (Kaz) 30
M J M Sanchez (Sp) 22 v G Arn (Hun)
Z Kucova (Slvk) v A Molik (Aus)
P Martic (Cro) v E Baltacha (GB)
J Goerges (Ger) v M Bartoli (Fra) 11
S Peer (Isr) 13 v A Ivanovic (Ser)
S Mirza (India) v A Kerber (Ger)
R Voracova (Cz Rep) v J Groth (Slvk)
A-L Groenefeld (Ger) v D Safina (Rus) 20
A Kleybanova (Rus) 26 v S Z'lavova (Cz Rep)
S Arvidsson (Swe) v A Kudryavtseva (Rus)
E Makarova (Rus) v A Szavay (Hun)
R de Los Rios (Par) v V Williams (US) 2
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