Serena quiere prolongar su reinado

Mutua Madrid Open Tenis femenino

Serena Williams busca mantener su 2013 perfecto, y tras las conquistas de Roland Garros, Miami, Mutua Madrid Open y Roma aspira a continuar un año magnífico en el que desde su número 1 del ranking WTA.

La norteamericana debutará frente a la luxemburguesa Mandy Minella y en octavos de final se podría medir a Samantha Stosur, en cuartos contra Angelique Kerber, en semifinales frente a Agnieszka Radwanska y en la posible final frente a Maria Sharapova. Con tres de los últimos cuatro Grand Slam en su poder, Serena quiere revalidar en Wimbledon, donde busca su sexta corona.

En el cuadro principal femenino, Carla Suárez es la única española cabeza de serie, que desde el número 19 tratará de progresar, con su debut frente a la también integrante de la Armada Lourdes Domínguez, lo que asegura presencia española en segunda ronda del Grand Slam de hierba.

Entre las favoritas, Maria Sharapova debuta contra Kristina Mladenovic, Victoria Azarenka ante Maria Joao Koehler, Sara Errani frente a Monica Puig, Na Li contra Michaella Krajicek o Agnieszka Radwanska ante la austriaca Yvonne Meusburger.

Entre las españolas, Anabel Medina debuta contra la china Shuai Peng (24ª favorita), Tita Torró buscará progresar en su primera presencia en el cuadro principal (se enfrenta a Irina-Camelia Begu), Silvia Soler jugará frente a Misaki Doi, Lara Arruabarrena contra Lesia Tsurenko, Estrella Cabeza tendrá un difícil debut ante Caroline Wozniacki (9ª cabeza de serie) y Garbiñe Muguruza frente a la local Anne Keothavong. En total, ocho tenistas españolas con Conchita Martínez en el horizonte tras la magnífica conquista realizada en 1994.

Parece que Serena Williams quiere seguir imponiendo su ley, pero la hierba de Londres dictará sentencia hasta el próximo 7 de julio.Serena Williams will be hoping to continue her near-perfect 2013. After wins in Roland Garros, Miami, the Mutua Madrid Open and Rome, she has every intention of keeping her magnificent run of form alive, which has already seen her retake the world no. 1 ranking.

The American will make her London debut against Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella and could potentially meet Samantha Stosur in the third round, Angelique Kerber in the quarter-finals, Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals and Maria Sharapova in the final. Having dominated three of the last four Grand Slams, Williams will be looking to defend her 2012 Wimbledon title and claim her sixth triumph in the English competition.

The only seeded Spaniard in the women’s main draw is Carla Suárez, who as the 19th favourite will be hoping to get past fellow countrywoman Lourdes Domínguez in her debut, meaning that there will be at least one Spanish player gracing the London grass courts in the second round.

As for the other favourites competing in the Grand Slam, Maria Sharapova will face Kristina Mladenovic, Victoria Azarenka meets Maria Joao Koehler, Sara Errani takes on Monica Puig, Na Li prepares herself for Michaella Krajicek while Agnieszka Radwanska will go head-to-head with Yvonne Meusburger.

As for the remaining Spaniards taking part: Anabel Medina will take on China’s Shuai Peng (24th seed), Tita Torró will be hoping to progress in her first outing in the main draw of the competition when she meets Irina-Camelia Begu. Silvia Soler faces Misaki Doi, Lara Arruabarrena readies herself for Lesia Tsurenko, Estrella Cabeza has the tough task of playing against Caroline Wozniacki (9th seed) and Garbiñe Muguruza will take on local hopeful Anne Keothavong. In total there are eight Spanish players taking part in the competition, all hoping to emulate Conchita Martínez, who was crowned champion in 1994.

All signs point to another Serena Williams win, but there is plenty of tennis to be played on the London courts until the 7th of July.