Wimbledon Day 2 Preview

Serena will hold court on Centre, while Eastbourne champion Marion Bartoli faces last year's junior Wimbledon winner.

Published June 20, 2011 11:59

Wimbledon Day 2 Preview
Kristyna Pliskova

Tuesday, First Round

Centre Court
Aravane Rezai (FRA #61) vs. [7] Serena Williams (USA #25)
Head-to-Head: Williams leads 1-0
The encouraging news for Rezai is that she led Serena by a set and 5-2 at Sydney last year; proving she's not fazed by the Williamses, she boasts a 2-1 record against Venus. The flipside is the 24-year-old former world No.15 has won just five matches in 2011, her seven first round losses including quick exits at the Australian Open and Roland Garros. But, while her 4-4 record at Wimbledon pales against the defending champion's 57-7 tally, the young Frenchwoman can only feel she has nothing to lose against an all-time great who will inevitably be a little rusty - and perhaps more nervous than usual. Even if she doesn't become the first player to beat Serena in the first round of a major, a good showing should give Rezai the boost she deserves.

Court 18
[9] Marion Bartoli (FRA #9) vs. [Q] Kristyna Pliskova (CZE #229)
Head-to-Head: Bartoli leads 1-0
With her title run at Eastbourne, 2007 Wimbledon runner-up Bartoli confirmed her status as a contender for glory at SW19: her game certainly suits the surface, and she appears to have the self-belief to go all the way. Her opponent today poses an interesting first hurdle, though: last year's girl's champion here, Pliskova is on a roll of her own, having won her way through qualifying to make her first main draw at a Grand Slam. Still only 19, the young Czech (whose twin sister, Karolina, won the Australian Open juniors last year) is 1-8 against Top 100 opponents, so an upset is probably not on the cards. But Bartoli is sure to notice a difference from the last time they met, on Pliskova's WTA main draw debut at Prague four years ago.

Court 12
[18] Ana Ivanovic (SRB #18) vs. Melanie Oudin (USA #87)
Head-to-Head: Ivanovic leads 1-0
On the face of it, Ivanovic's greater weight of shot, coupled with her experience as a former Grand Slam champion and world No.1, should be too much for Oudin to handle. But the 23-year-old, who reached her first semi of the year on grass at Birmingham, has fallen in the opening round at three of the last four majors. It will be interesting to see what this means for Oudin, who has struggled to recapture the magic of her run to the quarters at the US Open in 2009, and indeed her fourth round showing at the All England Club a couple of months earlier. It's easy to forget that she is still only 19; perhaps today will prove to be a turning point, but much will depend on what's happening on the other side of the net.

More to watch…
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki opens her campaign against Arantxa Parra Santonja on Court 1, with French Open champion and No.3 seed Li Na to play Alla Kudryavtseva on Court 2. Eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova, runner-up at Eastbourne, takes on qualifier Alexa Glatch on Court 14; 10th seed Sam Stosur plays Melinda Czink on the same court. British No.1 Elena Baltacha faces German qualifier Mona Barthel on Court 12, while No.5 seed Maria Sharapova takes on Anna Chakvetadze on a court to be assigned.

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