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Dana Mathewson draws No. 1 de Groot to start 2022 Wimbledon campaign

Victoria Chiesa | July 05, 2022


In her Wimbledon singles debut, U.S. No. 1 Dana Mathewson will square off against the best: The top-ranked American woman and world No. 9 was drawn to face world No. 1 and defending champion Diede de Groot of the Netherlands in the women's quarterfinals when the draw was made at the All-England Club on Tuesday.

 

Mathewson played in doubles at Wimbledon in 2017, as a last-minute alternate paired with Aniek van Koot, but has never before contested the grass-court major in singles; it's her latest history-making appearance at a Grand Slam event after being the first American woman to ever play at Roland Garros in each of the last two years. 

 

Mathewson is winless against de Groot in their career head-to-head history, winning just four sets in 11 matches. The two are playing at a major for the second time this year; de Groot was a 6-1, 6-1 winning in the same round at the Australian Open. But, they've never played on grass before. 

Mathewson is also playing doubles with Japanese great Yui Kamiji, who's seeded No. 2 in singles. Kamiji is bidding to win her seventh Wimbledon in doubles, and her 26th major title in all. The pair will face the No. 2 seeds, Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa and Lucy Shuker of Great Britain in the semifinals. It's an interesting opening doubles match for Mathewson in more ways than one: She's partnered Shuker to reach five finals on tour this year and win two titles, and they also played together at last year's season-ending championships.

 

Just as she has been at the other two Grand Slams this year, Mathewson is joined at Wimbledon by David Wagner, who's competing in quad singles and quad doubles. A two-time semifinalist in singles since the event began in 2019, Wagner will face South Africa's Donald Ramphadi as he hopes to match that feat or go further in 2022.

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He's also the defending champion in doubles with home favorite Andy Lapthorne of Great Britain, and the duo are seeded No.2 as they hope to repeat that achievement this year. They'll face Ramphadi and Japan's Koji Sugeno first in the four-team doubles draw with a spot in the final at stake. 

 

The wheelchair competition at the All-England Club begins on Thursday. 

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