Wimbledon Tuesday: Rising Stars Battle

Newly crowned Eastbourne champion Madison Keys plays fellow WTA Rising Star Monica Puig in her Wimbledon opener, while World No.1 Serena Williams also takes the court.

Published June 23, 2014 12:14

Wimbledon Tuesday: Rising Stars Battle
Madison Keys

LONDON, England - Likely a big part of the WTA's future, Madison Keys, and a big part of its present, Serena Williams, will be showcased during Wimbledon first round action on Tuesday.

Tuesday, First Round

Court 8
Madison Keys (USA #30) vs. Monica Puig (PUR #52)
Head-to-head: Puig leads 2-0
Madison Keys is playing the tennis of her life coming into this encounter with fellow WTA Rising Star Monica Puig. She recorded two Top 10 wins en route to her first WTA title last week in Eastbourne, making her the first teen to capture a Premier-level title since 2009. And in cracking the Top 30 this week, she passed Elina Svitolina to become the WTA's highest ranked teen and Venus Williams to become the No.3 American.

Puig also recently won her first WTA title, at Strasbourg last month, however she has lost three of four matches since. Her best Grand Slam showing was a fourth round outing here last year, and she has beaten Keys in straight sets in both of their match-ups - most recently in the Strasbourg semifinals.

Centre Court
[1] Serena Williams (USA #1) vs. Anna Tatishvili (USA #113)
Williams leads 2-0
Serena Williams begins her chase for her 18th Grand Slam title and her sixth Wimbledon crown against Anna Tatishvili. This will be her first match on grass since her fourth round loss at the hands of Sabine Lisicki here last year, and she will also be looking to shake off a second round loss to Garbiñe Muguruza in her last match in the second round of the French Open. With her 70-9 record at the All-England Club, she trails sister Venus by two wins for fourth-most Wimbledon wins in the Open Era.

Tatishvili has yet to win a WTA main draw match in 2014 and is 0-4 against World No.1s, including two losses to Williams in which she won a combined six games. She does have seven Top 50 wins, is a former Top 50 player herself and has been as far as the fourth round at a Grand Slam - having done so at the 2012 US Open.

Stat to watch: Williams is 54-1 in the first round of Grand Slams, only falling to Virginie Razzano at the 2012 French Open.

Also on court...
No.3 seed Simona Halep plays Teliana Pereira, No.5 seed Maria Sharapova takes on British wildcard Samantha Murray in the Russian's first match since her French Open triumph, No.11 seed Ana Ivanovic squares off with Francesca Schiavone, and No.13 seed Eugenie Bouchard faces Daniela Hantuchova.

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