Laura Robson Takes On World No 10 Maria Kirilenko

Laura Robson Takes On World No 10 Maria Kirilenko

British No 1 Laura Robson has been handed a tough first round draw at Wimbledon against world No 10 Maria Kirilenko.

Laura Robson Takes On World No 10 Maria Kirilenko

Russian star Kirilenko arrives at Wimbledon in form - she reached the last eight at the French Open and has shown steady improvement over the years at SW19 culminating in her first quarter-final appearance last year.

Johanna Konta has glamorous first round match with former world No 1 Jelena Jankovic.

Elena Baltacha will face Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta, who is much happier on clay and the British star may fancy her chances.

Heather Watson has a tough task against rising American star Madison Keys, the world No 53.

Anne Keothavong faces Spaniard Garbine Muguruza and wildcard Samantha Murray takes on Camila Giorgi. British No 5, wildcard Tara Moore, plays Kaia Kanepi.

Serena Williams, the overwhelming favourite to win the title, opens up against Mandy Minella of Luxembourg and, like Novak Djokovic, she will be delighted to see her main rivals for the title in the other half of the draw.

In the second round the American could face Zheng Jie, who nearly knocked her out in the third round last year.

Tests do await. The hugely talented but inconsistent German Sabine Lisicki - a semi-finalist two years ago - is a possible last 16 opponent and last year's finalist Agnieszka Radwanska could await in the semi-finals.

But the two most likely challengers, second seed Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, are both in the bottom half of the draw as is former champion Petra Kvitova.

Azarenka faces Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal in the first round and third seed Sharapova will take on Kristina Mladenovic and neither should be kept on court for long.

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