Clijsters to face Jankovic

Former world number ones drawn together for Wimbledon

Last Updated: 22/06/12 11:44am

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Kim Clijsters: Plays her final Wimbledon this year

Kim Clijsters: Plays her final Wimbledon this year

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Former world number ones Kim Clijsters and Jelena Jankovic will meet in the marquee first-round match of the Wimbledon ladies' singles.

The contest could be Clijsters' last at Wimbledon - she is due to retire later in the year.

The Belgian, who has only just returned to action following a hip injury, faces a tough task against a player who reached the final of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham last week.

Meanwhile, Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova were placed on course for a quarter-final blockbuster in Friday's draw. Williams will open against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, while Kvitova's title defence starts against Akgul Amanmuradova.

Williams and Kvitova are in the bottom half of the draw, along with Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka.

Dangerous

The top section sees world number one Maria Sharapova in the same quarter as Angelique Kerber, while Agnieszka Radwanska and Sam Stosur are also on course to meet in the last eight.

Arguably the most dangerous floater, five-time champion Venus Williams, is in the Radwanska quarter and is likely to meet the third seed in round two if she gets past Elena Vesnina.

Sharapova will get her title bid under way against Australia's Anastasia Rodionova.

The first-round highlight for British fans will be former junior champion Laura Robson's clash with former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.

British number one Anne Keothavong will take on Laura Pous-Tio, while Elena Baltacha plays Karin Knapp.

Heather Watson will face Iveta Benesova, Naomi Broady meets Lourdes Dominguez Lino and Australian-born Johanna Konta, who recently switched her allegiance to GB, has a tough test against 28th seed Christina McHale.

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