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Keothavong to face Arvidsson

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:32

Keothavong, 48th in the world rankings, will be looking for a strong performance ahead of Wimbledon.

She said: “I’m looking forward to playing Sofia. We’ve had a lot of great matches in the past and I know I’ll have to play well to beat her. It’s a nice feeling to be seeded here, it shows how much my ranking has improved.”

British wild-card entries Elena Baltacha and Georgie Stoop will go head to head in the opening round.

Katie O’Brien and Melanie South will also face each other in the first round, with the winner to face top seed Zheng Jie of China in the last 32.

Russia’s former world number one Maria Sharapova, who won the Wimbledon singles title in 2004 and reached this year’s French Open quarter-finals, plays Canadian Stephanie Dubois in her opener as she continues her return from an injury-enforced break.

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