The Wimbledon draws were announced today. The “luck of the draw” is no more evident that in the random sorting that occurs to construct a draw at the All England Club. Here are the players that benefitted and lost out in the draws.
Nick Kyrgios (15)
Nick Kyrgios has received a favorable draw. Ranked 18th but seeded 15th, he won’t meet any of the top eight seeds until the round of 16. Should all seeds advance, Kyrgios is on track for a Round of 16 matchup with Andy Murray. In the first round, he takes on veteran Radek Stepanek, who took Murray to five sets in the first round of the French Open. Feliciano Lopez, a supreme net player and three-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist, is dangerous and likely the first seeded player that Kyrgios will play. However, Kyrgios is still the favorite. In all, this is a favorable draw.
Madison Keys (9)
A recent addition to the top 10, Keys received a favorable draw. She is the highest seed in her vicinity and has a clear path to the fourth round, where she will likely play fifth seed Simona Halep (should they both advance). Keys is a big hitter who will be able to overpower the other players in her section.
Sam Stosur (14)
Stosur has a clear path to the fourth round, where she will take on Garbiñe Muguruza if all seeds advance. With the exception of Muguruza, Stosur is the strongest player in her quarter, and her big serve and groundstrokes will be a big asset on the grass. Wimbledon is Stosur’s least successful Slam, but her best results have come in the last few seasons. She should take advantage of her higher seeding for a career-best fourth round appearance.
David Ferrer (13)
Ferrer had the misfortune of being placed in Novak Djokovic’s quarter of the draw, and the two are on course to meet in the Round of 16. In addition, Ferrer is facing a potential second round match against Nicolas Mahut. Though Mahut is a doubles specialist, he comes out in force for the grass season—all four of his career titles have come on grass. Ferrer is a clay specialist whose best showing at Wimbledon was a quarterfinal appearance in 2012 and 2013.
Formerly the world’s best player, Wozniacki fell just short of being seeded at this year’s Championships. Consequently, she drew two-time Slam champion and 13th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. Such a draw is unlucky for both players, but especially so for Wozniacki, who would have been surrounded by unseeded players had her ranking been slightly higher. A win here would be big for Woz, but Kuznetsova has been playing well, and defeating her is a difficult proposition.
Jack Sock (27)
Sock drew Ernests Gulbis in the first round—Gulbis recently notched several solid wins on his way to the Round of 16 at the French Open and has been playing well. Gulbis is a big hitter who will be difficult on grass. In addition, big-serving Robin Haase or Diego Schwartzman await in the second round in with 6th seed Milos Round a potential third round opponent for Sock. Sock suffered an upset at the French Open and has dealt with illness this season. Reaching the fourth round would be a major accomplishment for him.