Wimbledon: Laura Robson to take on world No 10 Maria Kirilenko in opening round

Last Updated: 22/06/13 12:34am

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Laura Robson: Tough first round draw for British No 1

Laura Robson: Tough first round draw for British No 1

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British No 1 Laura Robson has been handed a tough first round draw at Wimbledon against 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. If she wins, Victoria Azarenka, the No 2 seed, awaits in round two.

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, 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.

Women's singles draw:

(1) Serena Williams (USA) v Mandy Minella (Lux)
Caroline Garcia (Fra) v Jie Zheng (Chn)
Kimiko Date Krumm (Jpn) v Carina Witthoeft (Ger)
Alexandra Cadantu (Rom) v (28) Tamira Paszek (Aut)
(23) Sabine Lisicki (Ger) v Francesca Schiavone (Ita)
Elena Vesnina (Rus) v Andrea Hlavackova (Cze)
Olga Puchkova (Rus) v Arantxa Rus (Ned)
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk) v (14) Samantha Stosur (Aus)
(10) Maria Kirilenko (Rus) v Laura Robson (Gbr)
Mariana Duque Marino (Col) v Julia Goerges (Ger)
Ayumi Morita (Jpn) v Marina Erakovic (Nzl)
Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spa) v (24) Shuai Peng (Chn)
(31) Romina Oprandi (Swi) v Alison Riske (USA)
Mallory Burdette (USA) v Urszula Radwanska (Pol)
Kaia Kanepi (Est) v Tara Moore (Gbr)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) v (7) Angelique Kerber (Ger)
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) v Yvonne Meusburger (Aut)
Timea Babos (Hun) v Mathilde Johansson (Fra)
Heather Watson (Gbr) v Madison Keys (USA)
Monica Niculescu (Rom) v (30) Mona Barthel (Ger)
(21) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) v Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul)
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Cze) v Magdalena Rybarikova (Svk)
Anna Tatishvili (Geo) v Petra Martic (Cro)
Karolina Pliskova (Cze) v (13) Nadia Petrova (Rus)
Roberta Vinci (Ita) (11) v Chanelle Scheepers (Rsa)
Kristyna Pliskova (Cze) v Jana Cepelova (Svk)
Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (Spa) v Irina-Camelia Begu (Rom)
Maria Elena Camerin (Ita) v (18) Dominika Cibulkova (Svk)
Klara Zakopalova (Cze) (32) v Daniela Hantuchova (Svk)
Nina Bratchikova (Por) v Annika Beck (Ger)
Olga Govortsova (Blr) v Simona Halep (Rom)
Michaella Krajicek (Ned) v (6) Na Li (Chn)
(5) Sara Errani (Ita) v Monica Puig (Pue)
Silvia Soler Espinosa (Spa) v Misaki Doi (Jpn)
Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino (Spa) v Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr)
Eva Birnerova (Cze) v (26) Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
(17) Sloane Stephens (USA) v Jamie Hampton (USA)
Pauline Parmentier (Fra) v Andrea Petkovic (Ger)
Petra Cetkovska (Cze) v Donna Vekic (Cro)
Estrella Cabeza Candela (Spa) v (9) Caroline Wozniacki (Den)
(15) Marion Bartoli (Fra) v Elina Svitolina (Ukr)
Christina McHale (USA) v Alexa Glatch (USA)
Camila Giorgi (Ita) v Samantha Murray (Gbr)
Stefanie Voegele (Swi) v (22) Sorana Cirstea (Rom)
(27) Lucie Safarova (Cze) v Lauren Davis (USA)
Lauren Davis (USA) v Lucie Hradecka (Cze)
Michelle Larcher De Brito (Por) v Melanie Oudin (USA)
Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) v (3) Maria Sharapova (Rus)
(8) Petra Kvitova (Cze) v Coco Vandeweghe (USA)
Kiki Bertens (Ned) v Yaroslava Shvedova (Kaz)
Garbine Muguruza (Spa) v Anne Keothavong (Gbr)
Johanna Larsson (Swe) v (25) Ekaterina Makarova (Rus)
(19) Carla Suarez-Navarro (Spa) v Lourdes Dominguez Lino (Spa)
Sofia Arvidsson (Swe) v Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Cro)
Eugenie Bouchard (Can) v Galina Voskoboeva (Kaz)
Virginie Razzano (Fra) v (12) Ana Ivanovic (Ser)
(16) Jelena Jankovic (Ser) v Johanna Konta (Gbr)
Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) v Vesna Dolonc (Ser)
Ajla Tomljanovic (Cro) v Bojana Jovanovski (Ser)
Yulia Putintseva (Kaz) v (20) Kirsten Flipkens (Bel)
(29) Alize Cornet (Fra) v Vania King (USA)
Su-Wei Hsieh (Tpe) v Tatjana Maria (Ger)
Elena Baltacha (Gbr) v Flavia Pennetta (Ita)
Maria Joao Koehler (Por) v (2) Victoria Azarenka (Blr)

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