WIMBLEDON 2022: Serena returns; Swiatek on a 35-game streak

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WIMBLEDON, England — Some of the women to watch at Wimbledon, which begins Monday at the All England Club:

Grand Slam titles: 2 — French Open (2: 2020, 2022)

Last 5 Wimbledons: 2021-Lost in 4th round, 2019-Lost in 1st round, 2018-Did not play, 2017-DNP, 2016-DNP

Ace: Enters 35-game winning streak, tied for longest streak since 2000. … Has won his last six tournaments. … Hasn’t played since winning the second major trophy at Roland Garros. … The only Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles championship. … Parted ways with coach Piotr Sierzputowski in the offseason and took on Tomasz Wiktorowski, who was working with 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska.

The draw: Could face 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova in the fourth round, No. 8 Jessica Pegula in the quarter-finals.

She said it: “I felt the baggage. The hardest thing is not to let yourself think about it and over-analyze and not let yourself think about all the numbers and all the odds. — Swiatek, on his unbeaten streak, which dates back to February.

Grand Slam titles: None – Best: QF, Wimbledon (2021), Australian Open (2020)

Last 5 Wimbledons: 2021-QF, 2019-1st, 2018-2nd, 2017-1st, 2016-DNP

Ace: After a defeat in the first round at Roland-Garros. … Played doubles with Serena Williams at the grass pitch tune-up at Eastbourne this month. … First Arab woman to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament and first to win a WTA title. … Combines the ability to produce heavy strikes from the baseline with tremendous drop shots.

The draw: Could face 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.

She said: “I’m a pretty positive person, to be honest with you. I won’t let a game like this ruin it. But of course, I expected better. — Jabeur, after his surprising outing at Roland Garros.

Grand Slam titles: None – Best: SF, French Open (2021), US Open (2021)

Last 5 Wimbledons: 2021-2nd, 2019-3rd, 2018-1st, 2017-3rd, 2016-2nd

Ace: After reaching her first two Grand Slam semi-finals last season, at the French Open and the US Open, she qualified for the fourth round of the Australian Open in January, before retiring in the second round at Roland Garros last month. … Only one player in the Wimbledon women’s field has more aces in 2022 than Sakkari’s 144 (Elena Rybakina, 159).

The draw: Could face 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the fourth round.

She said: “I don’t really think about what happened in 2021. But of course it was the start of a different journey for my career.” — Sakkari, discussing his breakthrough season.

Grand Slam titles: 1 — US Open (2021)

Last 5 Wimbledons: 2021-4th, 2019-DNP, 2018-DNP, 2017-DNP, 2016-DNP

Ace: Has only ever played in four Grand Slams, but has a championship on only one. … Was the first qualifier to win a major championship when she won the title at Flushing Meadows last September. … Her Grand Slam debut came at Wimbledon a year ago, when she made a surprising run to the fourth round. … Has been through a series of coaches since winning the US Open.

The draw: Could face 2017 US Open runner-up Madison Keys in the third round.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the fans at home, and all the support. Last year I tasted a little, but I feel like this year could be a bit more. — Raducanu, on playing in Britain.

Grand Slam titles: None – Best: RU, French Open (2022)

Last 5 Wimbledons: 2021-4th, 2019-4th, 2018-DNP, 2017-DNP, 2016-DNP

Ace: just won his first Grand Slam singles final at Roland Garros; was also the doubles runner-up there. … At just 18 years old, this will be his 12th participation in a major tournament. … Her debut came at the All England Club aged 15 in 2019, when she was the youngest qualifier in the history of the tournament, then beat Venus Williams in the first round and reached the fourth round before losing to eventual champion Simona Halep.

The draw: Could face No. 29 Amanda Anisimova, a 20-year-old American, in the third round, 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Karolina Pliskova in the fourth and former Wimbledon champions Simona Halep or Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinals.

She said: “I really feel like it helped my confidence a lot. I just think even when I was 15, 16, 17, I felt so much pressure to make a final. Now that I did it, I feel relieved, a little – Gauff, reaching the title match at Roland-Garros.

Grand Slam titles: 23 – Wimbledon (7: 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016), Australian Open (7: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017), France (3: 2002, 2013, 2015), US Open (6: 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Last 5 Wimbledon: 2021-1st, 2019-RU, 2018-RU, 2017-DNP, 2016-W

Ace: return to singles play after a year’s absence; received a generic invitation. … The last match was at Center Court in 2021, when she injured her right leg in the first set of the first round. … Played two grass doubles matches at Eastbourne the week before Wimbledon. … In 20 previous All England Club appearances, reached the final 11 times, winning seven titles and finishing runners-up four times. … Practice on center court on Friday.

The Draw: Play Harmony Tan in the first turn. Could face Pliskova in the third round, Gauff or Anisimova in the fourth round, Halep or Kvitova in the quarterfinals, Swiatek in the semifinals.

She said: “I’ve had a big ‘X’ on my back since 1999, when I won the US Open. … The players play me so hard in every tournament, in every game, in every Grand Slam. – Williams, speaking a year ago before Wimbledon about how other players approach matches against her.

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