All the key facts and talking points as the second-round action gets underway at SW19.
WTA Staff
July 3, 2018

LEARNING

No.2 seed Caroline Wozniacki is one of the star attractions of Wednesday’s card, but she will be wary of opponent Ekaterina Makarova. Although the Dane has a 7-1 career head-to-head record against the Russian, she was upset, 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-1, by her in last year’s US Open. That was the last time the pair crossed paths.

One of the most intriguing second-round match ups will see Karolina Pliskova tackle former champion Victoria Azarenka, who is on the comeback after maternity leave. The head-to-head record favours the Belarusian, 3-2, but Pliskova came out on top over three sets when the pair met on the Madrid clay in May.

Serena Williams will face an unfamiliar opponent in the form of Viktoriya Tomova. While the American has won a record 23 Grand Slam titles, this is the first time that the 23-year-old Bulgarian, the WTA World No.136, has reached the second round of a major.

Similarly, Venus Williams, the No.9 seed, has never faced Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru before. The 29-year-old once reached a career-high ranking of 26 but has slipped back to WTA World No.141. In 2010, when she was around her peak, she made the third round of the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open, but has never gone further.

Madison Keys will be acutely aware of the challenge that WTA World No.91 Luksika Kumkhum poses. They have met twice previously, and the American has failed to come out on top of either of those encounters. Their most recent meeting was in Osaka in 2014, when Keys, then ranked 32, retired when trailing, 6-2, 4-3. Now up to WTA World No.11, Keys has reached at least the quarterfinals in her last three majors.

Another seed who will have to overcome history in order to progress is Agnieszka Radwanska, who has a 1-4 career record against Lucie Safarova. The No.30 seed has had a disappointing 2018 but will be hopeful her run to the semifinals of Eastbourne last week are a catalyst for greater success.

Tatjana Maria caused one of the major upsets of round one as she beat WTA World No.5 Elina Svitolina in three sets. The Mallorca champion tackles Kristina Mladenovic next, and though she has a 4-1 losing record against the Frenchwoman, her perfect record on grass so far this year will give her confidence of reversing that trend. 

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ORDER OF PLAY

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