Australian Open draw: Emma Raducanu gets blockbuster opener; Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka on collision course

Emma Raducanu has been handed a blockbuster first round draw at the Australian Open, where she will face Sloane Stephens.

Raducanu made history at the US Open last year, where she became the only qualifier to ever win a major title.

That has resulted in her going into a Grand Slam event seeded for the first time in Australia, although the draw has not been kind to her.

Raducanu and Stephens are in the bottom half of the draw, which is headlined by second seed Aryna Sabalenka.

The Belarrusian has former French Open champion Iga Swiatek in her section, as well as former Wimbledon champions Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber.

Leylah Fernandez, who Raducanu beat in the final of the US Open, is also in that section.

Raducanu and Stephens have a kinder quarter, although Garbine Muguruza will be the player most are expecting to dominate it.

World number one Ashleigh Barty has not been given a kind draw in her home slam, with Naomi Osaka a potential quarterfinal opponent.

Belinda Bencic, and Maria Sakkari are also in the Australian’s section.

The remaining quarter is headlined by French Open champion Barbora Krejikova, with the dangerous Paula Badosa, Coco Gauff, and Victoria Azarenka potential standing between her and the final.

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

‘I am happy’ – Daniil Medvedev continues clay court improvement

Daniil Medvedev continued his impeccable start at Roland Garros by beating the impressive Laslo Djere in round two.Medvedev has never made any secret of...

Leolia Jeanjean says she ‘doesn’t know what’s happening’ after dream Roland Garros run

Leolia Jeanjean seemed to be the most confused person at Roland Garros after she recorded a superb win over eighth seed Karolina Pliskova.The 26-year-old...

Andy Murray takes swipe at Naomi Osaka, telling her: ‘Wimbledon will never be an exhibition!’

Andy Murray has appeared to take a swipe at Naomi Osaka and anyone else who thinks Wimbledon will just be 'an exhibition' this year.The...

Rafael Nadal confident he can manage injury after winning 300th Grand Slam match

Rafael Nadal secured his 300th win at a Grand Slam at Roland Garros on Wednesday before saying he was feeling in control of his...

‘I’ll never be at Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic level,’ admits Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev came through a serious Roland Garros scare before admitting his performance was so bad he was already planning his holiday.Zverev faced Sebastian...

Novak Djokovic ‘pleased’ with his ball-striking in tough Roland Garros conditions

Novak Djokovic described himself as 'pleased' with the way he is playing right now after another fine showing at the French Open.The defending champion...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here