Women’s world No.1 tennis player Ashleigh Barty faces a path strewn with challenges at the Wimbledon, which begins on June 28. The women’s draw was released on Friday even as defending champion Simona Halep announced her withdrawal due to a calf injury.Also Read - Serena Williams Pulls Out of US Open Due to Torn Hamstring
Ashleigh, who is a one-time Grand Slam winner — at 2019 French Open — and has never proceeded beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon, is drawn to face current French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova. The Aussie starts against former world No. 6 Carla Suárez Navarro, who will be playing her final Wimbledon. The Spaniard has successfully fought cancer over the past year. Ashleigh may then run into 2017 Wimbledon semi-finalist Johanna Konta in the third round. Also Read - Jil Teichmann Jumps 32 Places in WTA Rankings, Ashleigh Barty Consolidates Position at Top
Two recent Wimbledon champions — the No. 6 seed Serena Williams and No. 25 seed Angelique Kerber — are expected to clash in the third round which could be a rematch of the 2016 and 2018 finals. Serena starts campaign against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Angelique will play Nina Stojanovic. The winner of Serena-Angelique clash could face either ninth seed Belinda Bencic or 20th seed Coco Gauff in fourth round. Also Read - World No.1 Ashleigh Barty Set For Cincinnati Event
Eighth seed and world No. 10 Karolina Pliskova will begin campaign against French Open semi-finalist Tamara Zidansek. The Czech star will have to handle players adept on grass-court before getting to a last-16 clash against Kvitova. No.5 seed Bianca Andreescu faces Alizé Cornet in first round.