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Wimbledon - Tennis: Women's Draw- Three Potential First Round Upsets

The opening days of a Grand Slam are often replete with drama, with the magic of a major enough to inspire the odd upset.

Bianca Andreescu was the most notable victim in the first round of last year's women's draw, the then-fifth-seed losing 6-2 6-1 to Alize Cornet.

Will there be more in 2022? You'd think so, and here are three potential shocks to look out for on Monday and Tuesday.

Burrage could cause a surprise

What:

Jodie Anna Burrage vs Lesia Tsurenko

Where:

All England Club, Wimbledon, London

When:

Monday 27th June

How to watch:

BBC or bet365's Sports Live Streaming

Odds:

Burrage 2/1, Tsurenko 2/5

The home crowd at SW19 are never shy of throwing their support behind British players and on Monday, there might be a few extra bodies out on Court 18 where Jodie Anna Burrage faces Lesia Tsurenko.

The 23-year-old is from just down the A238 in Kingston-upon-Thames and has enjoyed her time on the grass this year. She reached the semi-finals at another local venue in Surbiton before losing out to Dalma Galfi in the final at Ilkley.

However, it was in Eastbourne where she truly came to the public's attention, beating a top-five player for the first time as she defeated world number four Paula Badosa 6-4 6-3 in the round of 32.

Burrage's first-round Wimbledon opponent is Ukrainian Tsurenko, a US Open quarter-finalist in 2018 but a player who has struggled for consistency since.

The 33-year-old leads the match betting at 2/5 and made the quarters in Eastbourne, eventually going down to the same player who did for Monday's opponent, Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Tsurenko has failed to make it past the opening round in both Grand Slams so far this year and might meet more than her match in 2/1 Burrage.

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Super Swan?

What:

Marta Kostyuk vs Katie Swan

Where:

All England Club, Wimbledon, London

When:Monday 27th June
How to watch:BBC or bet365's Sports Live Streaming
Odds:Kostyuk 2/5, Swan 2/1

Similarly, Monday could also be a big day for another Brit, Katie Swan, as she takes on 2/5 Marta Kostyuk.

Swan made the second round in 2018, a performance that remains her best in majors but recorded a huge win in Bad Homburg, coming from a set down to beat 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens.

The aforementioned Andreescu had too much for her next time out but she should still be confident arriving at Wimbledon.

Kostyuk is a decent player and beat last year's French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova in Eastbourne before falling to Harriet Dart.

She reached the second round at SW19 last season, going down to Iga Swiatek. However, her outing on the south coast is her sole grass competition entry to date this year and she may still be finding her feet.

Resurgent Vandeweghe shaping well to be beat Rybakina

What:

Coco Vandeweghe vs Elena Rybakina

Where:

All England Club, Wimbledon, London

When:

Monday 27th June

How to watch:BBC or bet365's Sports Live Streaming
Odds:

Vandeweghe 11/4, Rybakina 2/7

Andreescu's name keeps popping up in this article but the 1/20 Canadian should have too much for 10/1 Emina Bektas.

However, another North American could be on the right side of a surprise result, with Coco Vandeweghe 11/4 to get one over on 2/7 Elena Rybakina.

Rybakina is a talented player with a good serve and decent ground strokes but can struggle to get around the court and Vandeweghe could exploit that.

Now 30, the hope is that her injuries are behind her and on her day, the New Yorker can be a superstar.

Vandeweghe reached the quarter-finals of this tournament in both 2015 and 2017 and used her protected ranking to reach the second round last year.

Rybakina made the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2021 but is 1-2 on grass this year, losing to Shelby Rogers in 's-Hertogenbosch and then Tsurenko.

Meanwhile, her opponent was battling through qualifying for this tournament and will be bullish about her chances on Tuesday.

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