LONDON, Great Britain - The ladies qualifying event for Wimbledon is underway, with a mix of veterans and up-and-coming players set to battle for the 16 spots into the Grand Slam’s main draw.
Spain’s Aliona Bolsova, who reached the fourth round of the French Open as a qualifier, is the top seed. She faces a big challenge right off the bat: 15-year-old wildcard Cori “Coco” Gauff, who was the youngest ever finalist at the US Open girls tournament.
Meanwhile, No.2 seed Anna Blinkova will start against Australia’s Zoe Hives, and No.3 seed Lauren Davis will take on Bibiane Schoofs in her opening match.
Another mouthwatering clash pits 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki, a qualifying wildcard, against No.27 seed Timea Babos in a battle of booming serves.
In addition to Gauff and Lisicki, there are seven wildcards in the qualifying draw, all of them awarded to British players: Emma Raducanu, Naomi Broady, Samantha Murray, Francesca Jones, Gabriella Taylor, Eden Silva and Maia Lumsden.
The Wimbledon qualifying competition takes place from Monday, June 24 until Thursday, June 27 at the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton.
Click here to view the full qualifying draw at Wimbledon.com.