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Australia’s Ashleigh Barty returns a shot to Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova during their semi-finals Birmingham Classic tennis match at Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, England, Saturday, June 22, 2019. (Tim Goode/PA via AP)
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty returns a shot to Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova during their semi-finals Birmingham Classic tennis match at Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, England, Saturday, June 22, 2019. (Tim Goode/PA via AP)|Associated Press
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Wimbledon 1st Tuesday Women: Abrams picks 22 matches including Barty, Serena, Kerber, Bencic, Bertens, Konta, Stephens, Sharapova, many more

Matches start at 6 am EDT

Neal Abrams

Neal Abrams

Wimbledon 2019
Woman’s Singles First Round pick
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Kerber over Maria
Defending champs don’t lose their first match.

S. Williams over Gatto-Monticone
Too bad her opponent will be intimidated, because Serena Williams is not the dominating player of old.

Barty over S. Zheng
Barty gets ready for another party as she rolls in the first round.

Konta over Bogdan
Johanna Konta is going to have a lot of fans rooting her on to this first round victory.

Stephens over Bacsinszky
Bacinszky has turned into a champion doubles player, but she’s got too little firepower to beat Sloane Stephens in singles.

Sharapova over Parmentier
Sharapova, no matter how rusty, serves too well and hits too powerfully to lose this early on grass.

Muguruza over Haddad Maia
Any former Wimbledon former champ gets my vote to win in the first round, especially if they’re playing a clay courter.

Kvitova over Jabeur
Even if Jabeur’s ankle has healed from last week’s injury, I’d go with Kvitova here in this match.

Siegemund over Swan
The Brits will cheer on Swan, but it won’t be enough to beat Laura Siegemund.

Bertens over Minella
Let’s see if Kiki Bertens is for real.

Bencic over Pavlyuchenkova
Bencic is a Top Tenner, or close. She should prove her domination early and often in this match.

Suarez Navarro over Stosur
Stosur is at least ten years past her prime, although with her guns she ought to get into female body building. Certainly, her tennis career, as a contender, is over.

Davis over Kozlova
I’m going for Lauren Davis here because I’m a fan. I sure hope she wins.

Kuznetsova over Van Uytanck
Is Koozy really back? If she’s on her game she’ll win. If not, she’ll get crushed by the big Belgian.

Mertens over Ferro
Mertens has looked good enough over the grass court season to win this first round encounter.

Townsend over Rodionova
It’s about time Taylor Townsend won a big match. As long as she doesn’t tire out, she has more talent and more shots than Rodionova.

Kr. Pliskova over Juvan
If Pliskova can beat her sister, she can win this match.

Wang over Lapko
The Chinese as a whole have always been known as great doubles players. It’s time to watch them play singles, as they’re starting to win matches. Especially Wang.

Mladenovic over Diatchenko
Mladenovic is an enigma. She should be a perennial quarterfinalist, but she doesn’t always show up. If she shows up here, she’ll win and move on.

Vekic over Riske
Ally Riske has had a good grass court season, but I doubt she can take out Donna Vekic.

Anisimova over Cirstea
Amanda Anisimova’s game should translate well to the grass because she hits both groundies hard, with abandon. She must learn how to volley and come forward if she wants to win more than this first round match.

Goerges over Ruse
Julia Georges has looked awfully good this Spring, and she should have no trouble running over the Romanian.