LEARNING

The weather forecast for Wimbledon in Week 1 is fine - Monday should be clear, sunny, and warm.

No.27 seed Sofia Kenin, who opens her campaign against Astra Sharma on Monday, is making her Slam debut as a seed. She is one of three players to be seeded for the first time at a major event, joining Amanda Anisimova (25th) and French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova (16th).

Simona Halep begins her campaign against Aliaksandra Sasnovich - and the Romanian is one of 15 Grand Slam champions in the singles draw. Four further players have contested a Slam final, including Eugenie Bouchard and Karolina Pliskova.

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Naomi Osaka is one of four players who can challenge Ashleigh Barty for the World No.1 spot over the fornight - along with Karolina Pliskova, Kiki Bertens and Petra Kvitova. The Japanese takes on Yulia Putintseva on Monday.

Madison Keys is unbeaten in first-round matches in her last 19 Grand Slam showings. The 2014 French Open was the last time in which the American fell at the first hurdle.

Venus Williams, who takes on teenager Cori Gauff, has made three first-round exits in her last six Slams, but last lost her Wimbledon opener back in 2012.

Cori Gauff is the youngest of seven teenagers in this year's singles draw at 15, although cannot match Jennifer Capriati's record of playing in, and winning a match at, Wimbledon, aged 14 and 90 days. Should Gauff win the title, she would take Martina Hingis' record (16 years, 280 days) as the youngest SW19 champion.

Only one defending champion made it past the following year's quarterfinals in the last eight years - Serena Williams, who retained her title in 2016.

The US provides the most singles players in this year's event, with 19. Russia (11) and the Czech Republic (nine) are the next best represented.

Naomi Osaka has lost both her previous matches with Yulia Putintseva, going down in Hobart last year and Birmingham earlier this year.

Jelena Ostapenko lost her only other meeting with Hsieh Su-wei, losing 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 at the 2016 Australian Open.

Elina Svitolina has won six of her eight matches against Daria Gavrilova, including the last five in succession.

TRENDING

ORDER OF PLAY

For the full order of play and tournament schedule, visit the official Wimbledon website.

READING

Patrick Mouratoglou tells Christopher Clarey in the New York Times that Serena Williams is pain-free and ready to compete.

World No.1 Ashleigh Barty talks to Kevin Mitchell of the Guardian about living her dream.

'I realised I'm not a machine'Johanna Konta discusses burnout and achieving work-life balance with the Telegraph (£).