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Wimbledon draw: Serena Williams and Iga Swiatek in same half; Emma Raducanu avoids both

The women's Wimbledon draw is looking very lopsided, with almost all the proven major-winning pedigree in the top half.
Emma Raducanu practicing at Wimbledon

Iga Swiatek and Serena Williams are on a potential semi-final collision course at Wimbledon, although Emma Raducanu has avoided both.

Serena Williams is making her return to singles tennis at Wimbledon this summer following a year away from the game.

Her last competitive match was in the first round at The 2021 Championships, with a hamstring injury ending her challenge prematurely.

She is back this year as a wild card and she was the player everyone was hoping to avoid in the Wimbledon draw. The big names have managed to do that, with Frenchwoman Harmony Tan drawing the short straw.

Williams is in the same quarter as Paula Badosa and Karolina Pliskova, with Simona Halep and Coco Gauff also there in what is a very high-quality section of the draw.

The top half is headlined by world number one Iga Swiatek, who brings a 35-match winning streak to Wimbledon.

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Her quarter is also packed with top names, though. Garbine Muguruza is a potential quarter-final opponent for Swiatek, and she could meet Barbora Krejcikova in round four.

Bianca Andreescu is also in Swiatek's section of the draw.

The other half of the draw sees plenty of quality but very little proven Grand Slam-winning pedigree.

US Open champion Emma Raducanu and Angelique Kerber are exceptions to that, and they could meet in the quarterfinals. Third-seed Ons Jabeur appears to be the name to watch there, though.

Meanwhile, Maria Sakkari and Anett Kontaveit headline the bottom quarter, in which Jelena Ostapenko poses an obvious danger.

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