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Murray, Kerber to start title defence against qualifiers

June 30, 2017 15:32 IST

Andy Murray

IMAGE:  Andy Murray of Great Britain speaks to the media.  Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Andy Murray will begin the defence of his Wimbledon title against a qualifier after the draw was made at the All England Club on Friday.

The Scot, who is bidding to win Wimbledon for a third time, was drawn in the same half as two-times champion Rafael Nadal, with three-time winner Novak Djokovic and seven-time champion Roger Federer placed in the bottom half.

Women's world number one Angelique Kerber opens against a qualifier and is seeded to face Karolina Pliskova in the semi-finals. French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko could face a semi-final against the woman she beat in the Paris final, Simona Halep, while two-time champion Petra Kvitova is also in the bottom half.

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