Volynets, Vandeweghe lead American women in Wimbledon qualifying
A total of 17 American women will compete in Wimbledon qualifying at Roehampton this week bidding for a main-draw spot at the grass-court Grand Slam. Katie Volynets and CoCo Vandeweghe top the 128-player field as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively, as each looks to return to the site of one of their career milestones.
Volynets won three matches to qualify for Wimbledon last summer to make her Grand Slam main draw debut. The 20-year-old from Walnut Creek, Calif. fell just short of playing her way into the main draw by virtue of a wild card; she reached the semifinals of the ITF World Tennis Tour W100 event in Ilkley, Great Britain last week, losing out to the eventual champion Dalma Galfi of Hungary in a third-set tiebreak. The champion is Ilkley is traditionally offered the final wild card to Wimbledon if she's not already in the field directly.
Volynets opens against former world No. 45 Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany, and she's in the same section of the draw as fellow American Sachia Vickery.
Seven years ago, Vandeweghe reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time and matched the feat two years later. The grass-court Grand Slam has been the most successful stop for Vandeweghe in her career; at 13-9 in her career, it's the only major where she boasts a winning all-time record.
In addition to Volynets and Vandeweghe, two other American women are seeded: No. 11 Robin Anderson and No. 19 Asia Muhammad, both of whom are bidding to reach the Wimbledon main draw for the first time. The youngest of the U.S. contingent is 18-year-old Elvina Kalieva, ranked No. 259, who reached the second round of qualifying at last summer's US Open in the first-ever Grand Slam tournament she played in.
Sophie Chang, fresh off winning the USTA Pro Circuit W25 title in Sumter, S.C. last week, is playing qualifying at a major for just the second time in her career, and first time since the 2018 US Open. After her title-winning run, the 25-year-old from Maryland checks in at a new career-high of No. 270 in the latest WTA rankings this week; she'll face 14-year-old British wild card Mingge Xu in her first match.
First Rounds for American Women in 2022 Wimbledon Qualifying
(1) Katie Volynets vs. Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER)
(2) CoCo Vandeweghe vs. (WC) Ella McDonald (GBR)
(11) Robin Anderson vs. Ellen Perez (AUS)
(19) Asia Muhammad vs. Nadia Podoroska (ARG)
Francesca DiLorenzo vs. (17) Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL)
Elvina Kalieva vs. (30) Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK)
Sachia Vickery vs. Justina Mikulskyte (LTU)
Danielle Lao vs. Carolina Alves (BRA)
Sophie Chang vs. Raluca Serban (CYP)
Grace Min vs. Lucretia Stefanini (ITA)
Jamie Loeb vs. (WC) Talia Neilson Gatenby (GBR)
Louisa Chirico vs. Anna Siskova (CZE)
Alycia Parks vs. Mariam Bolkvadze (GEO)
Christina McHale vs. Laura Ioana Paar (ROU)
Catherine Harrison vs. (WC) Eden Silva (GBR)
Hanna Chang vs. (WC) Mingge Xu (GBR)
Emina Bektas vs. Sara Bejlek (CZE)
Ten American men began qualifying on Monday and six advanced to the second round; notably, both Christopher Eubanks and Nicolas Moreno de Alboran had wins against seeded players in Round 1, while No. 3 seed Stefan Kozlov and No. 14 seed Jack Sock both advanced in straight sets.
Wimbledon qualifying runs through Thursday, June 23. The main draw begins Monday, June 27.
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