Tennis: Andy Murray to play Stanislas Wawrinka in first round
Great Britain’s Andy Murray will play Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka in the opening round of the men’s singles tournament.
The Scot, who earlier this month became the first British man to reach a Wimbledon final since 1938, recently stated that winning Olympic gold “is the pinnacle in any sport”.
In order to become Olympic champion, however, Murray will need to successfully navigate his way through a difficult route to the final.
The 25-year-old will face either Somdev Devvarman or Jarkko Nieminen in the second round, before a probable third-round tie against Richard Gasquet. Tomáš Berdych is likely to be waiting in the quarter-finals, before potential meetings against heavyweights Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the semi-finals and final, respectively.
Federer, the current world No. 1 and Wimbledon champion, faces Alejandro Falla in the opening round, while Djokovic takes on Fabio Fognini.
In the women’s singles tournament, British No. 1 Heather Watson meets Spain’s Silvia Soler-Espinosa in the opening round.
British No. 2 Anne Keothavong faces a difficult tie against Caroline Wozniacki, while compatriot Elena Baltacha was drawn to play Ágnes Szávay.
Current women’s world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will play Irina-Camelia Begu, Agnieszka Radwanska takes on Julia Görges, and Maria Sharapova faces Shahar Peer.
Serena and Venus Williams have been drawn to play Jelena Janković and Sara Errani, respectively, while the US sisters meet Sorana Cîrstea and Simona Halep in the first round of the women’s doubles.
In the same event, Watson and Laura Robson play Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki.
And the Murray brothers, Andy and Jamie, will face Jürgen Melzer and Alexander Peya in the opening round of the men’s doubles.
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