Wimbledon starts with Bia Haddad in great shape, Nadal looking to overcome and without Federer

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The most traditional tournament in tennis history begins this Monday, with high expectations for the Brazilian tennis player to participate.

The most traditional tennis tournament, Wimbledon, starts with great expectations regarding the participation of Beatriz Haddad Maia. The Brazilians can’t wait to see the 26-year-old from Sao Paulo, who is having the best moment of her career and is on the rise after the titles in Nottingham and Birmingham. She will be the seeded (number 23) for the first time in a Grand Slam contest and will make her debut in the very traditional competition against the Slovenian Kaja Juvan60th in the world rankings this Monday.

The two consecutive cups won on grass and the good championship last week, with 12 unbeaten matches, catapulted Bia Haddad to 28th place in the standings, the best placement of a Brazilian in the WTA ranking, equal to the legend Maria Esther Bueno.

In the sacred grass of All England Club, in London, Bia is considered the favorite against Kaja Juvan. If they advance, they will face the Australian Maddison Inglis, 129th in the world, or the Hungarian Dalma Galfi, 81st in the women’s ranking in the second round. So you can have a seed as a rival.

“Bia comes with a lot of strength and a lot of games on the grass. This is also a great advantage for having played ten, 12 games,” says former tennis player Fernando Meligeni, who will comment on the tournament for ESPN. “Now he has to take care of his body so as not to get too tired, but he has a good chance of playing well,” he points out.

Bia Haddad is inspired by the legendary Maria Esther Bueno to take a successful journey into the oldest tennis tournament on the planet. The “Tennis Ballerina” won the British grass trophy three times, in 1959, 1960 and 1964 and was also runner-up twice, in 1965 and 1966.

Another Brazilian in the Wimbledon dispute is Laura Pigossi of Sao Paulo, bronze medalist in the doubles at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, together with Luisa Stefani, still recovering from a serious knee injury. After 33 years, the country again has two representatives in one of the four Grand Slams of the season.

“We have to have the courage to look at women’s tennis and look to the base, see who is working with women’s tennis and give support. I think that’s the most important point right now,” notes Meligeni, shocked by the lack of incentive in the relationship. to women’s tennis despite the recent successes of Bia Haddad, Laura Pigossi and Luisa Stefani.

Leader of the classification, the Polish Iga Swiatek is named favorite for the trophy. “There is also Ons Jabeur (Switzerland, third in the standings) who is a very complicated opponent for grass, he varies very well,” Meligeni points out. The first round matches of the tournament will take place from 7:00 am (Brasilia time) this Monday. The tournament is broadcast on SportTV and ESPN and the final is scheduled for July 10th.

Djokovic defends the title and Nadal tries to overtake him

In the men’s field the highlights are Serbian Novak Djokovic, current three-time champion of the British tournament, Spaniard Rafael Nadal, the greatest Grand Slam winner in history, with 22 wins, his compatriot and revelation of the season, Carlos Alcaraz, and the Norwegian Casper Ruudfinalist a Roland Garros, tournament that he lost against Nadal.

There was a doubt if Nadal would play. Fourth in the world, the Spaniard decided to play because he said he felt less pain in his left foot that bothers him so much. Without winning the grass title in London since 2010 (he was also champion in 2008), he hopes to outdo himself in competition. Between 2012 and 2017, for example, he didn’t even manage to reach the quarter-finals. He has a dream of winning tennis’ top four trophies this season, a feat that hasn’t happened since 1969. His first-round rival will be Argentina’s Francisco Cerúndulo (42nd).

Djokovic, former leader of the standings, currently in third place, faces South Korean Soonwoo Kwon (75th). It was at Wimbledon last year that the Serbian reached his 20th career Grand Slam title. He is the number 1 seeded in the competition and is chasing his seventh trophy on British grass. Although he does not have a dominant phase, Djokovic is the player to beat on grass.

The oldest Grand Slam of the sport will not have its greatest champion: the Swiss Roger Federer, winner of eight titles, has recovered from a knee injury and will not parade his genius on the grass. It will be the first time that the tennis player has not participated in the tournament since 1999, when he was at Wimbledon for the first time.

Among the Brazilians, Thiago Monteiro is the representative of the country in the range of individuals. He debuts against Spaniard Jaume Antoni Munar. Marcelo Melo, Bruno Soares and Rafael Matos will be in the double dispute.

Source: Terra

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