June 20 (Bloomberg) -- Andy Murray will start the defense of his Wimbledon title against Belgium’s 104th-ranked David Goffin and could meet men’s top seed Novak Djokovic for a spot in the Wimbledon finals.
Murray beat Djokovic of Serbia in straight sets last year to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to clinch the Wimbledon singles title.
Before a possible clash with Djokovic in the last four, the third-seeded Scot could play Spain’s No. 7 seed David Ferrer in the quarterfinals. French Open champion Rafael Nadal of Spain is projected to play seven-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer of Switzerland in the other semifinal.
Djokovic will start his quest for a second Wimbledon title against 55th-ranked Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan. Federer plays Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi in his opening round, while the second-seeded Nadal faces Slovakia’s Martin Klizan. Nadal lost in the first round last year, and in the second round in 2013. Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland meets Portugal Joao Sousa in his opening round, and may play Federer in the quarterfinals.
Women’s top seed Serena Williams is starting her quest to tie Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 major singles titles against fellow American Anna Tatishvili. Williams is projected to play French Open champion Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals.
Sharapova, who starts her first match against Britain’s Samantha Murray, is trying to become the first woman to complete the Roland Garros-Wimbledon double since Williams in 2002. The Russian hasn’t beaten Williams since 2004, the year she won her first major title at the All England Club when she was 17.
Former French Open winner Li Na, the second seed from China, faces Paula Kania of Poland, while third-seeded Simona Halep of Romania, a runner-up in Paris earlier this month, plays Brazil’s Teliana Pereira.
In a match between two former French Open champions, Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic plays Italy’s Francesca Schiavone in the first round, while Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, who reached the semifinals of Roland Garros, faces Slovak veteran Daniela Hantuchova.
Former top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who came back from a four-month injury break this week, faces Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 1999. Germany’s Sabine Lisicki, last year’s finalist, was drawn against Israel’s Julia Glushko. Agnieszka Radwanska, a former finalist from Poland, plays Romania’s Andreea Mitu.
Serena’s elder sister and five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams plays Spain’s Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor. Venus and Serena were drawn in opposite halves of the draw, meaning they can only meet in the finals. The 18th-seeded Sloane Stephens, also of the U.S., faces Russia’s Maria Kirilenko. Petra Kvitova, the 2011 winner, plays fellow Czech Andrea Hlavackova.
There will be a new women’s champion after Marion Bartoli of France retired.
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