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Serena Williams vs Kaja Juvan Wimbledon Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Serena faces teenage qualifier, Juvan in Round 2

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 4 Jul 2019
  • Serena Williams vs Kaja Juvan is live from Wimbledon on Thursday, 4 July from 4:30pm local time/ 4:30pm BST
  • Williams facing second straight qualifier at Wimbledon 2019
Serena Williams. (Photo by Corinne Dubreuil/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Seven-time champion, Serena Williams takes on Slovenian qualifier, Kaja Juvan on Thursday, as the great American continues her quest for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title.

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Williams opened her Wimbledon 2019 campaign with a 6-2 7-5 victory over Italian debutant, Giulia Gatto-Monticone, preserving her record of having never lost in the opening round at Wimbledon.

Serena blazed out of the blocks against Gatto-Monticone, quickly gaining a 5-0 lead as her opponent took some time to get used to the Centre Court stage, but the Italian made a good feast of it in the end, breaking Serena as the legendary American served for the match at 5-3 in the second set before losing after an hour and 21 minutes.

“I learned a lot from that match, just going to keep the momentum going”, Serena said afterwards. “I think this is the 13th match for the whole year for me,” Serena continued. “I felt really good to get there. It's also Wimbledon. It's Centre Court. It's like such a big moment for me”.

Serena has been on this quest to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles for some time now- since claiming her 23rd major at the 2017 Australian Open. The great woman was in the early stages of pregnancy during that Melbourne triumph and did not play again for over a year as she went on maternity leave.

Williams returned to the sport in February last year, and incredibly, was competing in the championship match at Wimbledon five months later. She lost that final to Angelique Kerber, and also fell to Naomi Osaka at the US Open final, but despite falling short in these finals, the fact that she got straight back into Grand Slam contention after her break is a remarkable achievement in its own.

The American has found things tougher this year, with injuries restricting her to just six tournaments, including Wimbledon.

Williams actually made a good start to the year, going 4-0 in singles matches at the Hopman Cup, and reaching the quarter finals of the Australian Open, where she really should have beaten Karolina Pliskova having held a 5-1 lead in the final set (she missed four match points, and appeared to roll her ankle with the finishing line in sight), but it has been a real struggle after that. 

The 37-year-old next featured at Indian Wells, where she scored an excellent win over Victoria Azarenka, but retired from her next match against Garbine Muguruza due to illness. It was an identical story in Miami, where she beat Rebecca Peterson in the second round, only to pull out of a third round meeting with Qiang Wang due to a knee injury. That knee injury bothered her through the clay court season, limiting her to just two tournaments- Rome, where she again withdrew from a scheduled third-round clash with Venus Williams, and Roland Garros. She was beaten by Sofia Kenin in the third round of the French Open.

Serena didn't look in any physical discomfort during her first-round victory over Gatto-Monticone, and she will hope her body continues to hold up as she plays another qualifier, Kaja Juvan on Thursday. 

After getting through three rounds of qualifying to reach the Wimbledon main draw at her first attempt, 18-year-old Juvan made a winning main draw debut as she took out Kristyna Pliskova 6-4 2-6 6-4 on Tuesday.

Juvan is competing in just her second Grand Slam main draw, after making her major bow at Roland Garros in May (lost to Sorana Cirstea).

The former world junior No. 5 has risen sharply in the last couple of seasons, jumping over 300 places to break into the top 200 last year after picking up four ITF titles and claiming the Gold Medal at the Youth Olympics Games. The Slovenian has added one more ITF crown to her collection this year, and made the semi-finals of the WTA 125K meet in Bol, peaking at a career-high ranking of 123rd.

The world no. 133 lost in the qualifying rounds in Auckland and the Australian Open, but she finally got through to the main draw of a tour-level event for the first time at Roland Garros, even though it was via the lucky loser route. Juvan also qualified for the grass-court meet in Mallorca, beating former Wimbledon finalist, Sabine Lisicki in the final qualifying round (lost to Ons Jabeur in the first round of the main draw), and has once again reached the main draw at Wimbledon, where she’s picked up her first tour-level match win to set up a meeting with Serena Williams. She’s obviously a very talented player, and if she gets through the inevitable nerves, could ask a few questions of the seven-time champion.

That said, Serena remains the overwhelming favourite. There will be tougher matches down the line, with potential meetings with Julia Goerges, Angelique Kerber and Ashleigh Barty to come in an extremely tough draw, but she’s got a gentle enough start against a pair of qualifiers, and should move into the third round on Thursday.

Serena Williams vs Kaja Juvan is live from Wimbledon on Thursday, 4 July from 4:30pm local time/ 4:30pm BST

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Serena Williams vs Kaja Juvan Wimbledon Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Serena faces teenage qualifier, Juvan in Round 2

Serena Williams targets a third round spot at Wimbledon 2019 on Thursday as she takes on qualifier, Kaja Juvan in the second round. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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