|2020 Australian Originate|
|Venue:Melbourne ParkDates:20 January to 2 February|
|Coverage:Listen on BBC Radio 5 Stay Sports Additional and on-line; Stay textual announce on selected suits on the BBC Sport online page and app.|
American youngster Coco Gauff will all over again face Venus Williams in the well-known spherical of a Tremendous Slam after the pair were drawn together on the Australian Originate.
Gauff, 15, announced her arrival on the largest stage by beating 39-twelve months-old Williams, a seven-time Tremendous Slam singles winner, at Wimbledon in July.
Britain’s Johanna Konta, seeded 12th, will play Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.
Within the men’s plot, British thirtieth seed Dan Evans meets American Mackenzie McDonald in Melbourne.
Evans, 29, is playing in his first Slam as Britain’s main male player and could likely face Serbia’s defending champion Novak Djokovic in the third spherical.
Djokovic, who is aiming for a characterize-extending eighth title, does no longer possess basically the most attention-grabbing opener after being drawn in opposition to Germany’s world quantity 37 Jan-Lennard Struff.
The principle Tremendous Slam of the twelve months begins on Monday with the discontinue half of of the girls folk’s plot and the bottom half of of the men’s plot in motion.
Gauff’s match in opposition to Venus Williams appears definite to characteristic in the well-known night session on Rod Laver Enviornment with Djokovic, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, 2019 girls folk’s champion Naomi Osaka, Konta and Evans among those additionally playing on day one.
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Swiss sizable Federer has been drawn in the the same half of as second seed Djokovic, which map the pair could likely meet in the semi-finals.
Federer, 38, starts in opposition to American Steve Johnson and has a favourable-looking out plot, even supposing Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov – who memorably beat the Swiss in the US Originate quarter-finals in September – and Canada’s spirited abilities Denis Shapovolov are seemingly opponents earlier than the quarter-finals.
Spanish top seed Rafael Nadal plays in opposition to Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien in the well-known spherical, with the opportunity of a blockbuster fourth-spherical match in opposition to australia’s Slice Kyrgios.
The pair possess no longer repeatedly seen eye-to-eye and met in a dramatic second-spherical match at Wimbledon final twelve months, the put Kyrgios tried to rattle Nadal with fixed complaints relating to the Spaniard’s expressionless play.
British quantity two Cameron Norrie plays Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in his opening match, whereas Kyle Edmund – who reached the semi-finals in Melbourne two years ago nevertheless has dropped to 69th on this planet – has a troublesome opener in opposition to Serbia’s twenty fourth seed Dusan Lajovic.
Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev, looking out out for to take his first Tremendous Slam after reaching the 2019 US Originate final, has been pitched in opposition to unsafe American floater Frances Tiafoe, who reached the quarter-finals final twelve months.
australia’s world quantity 21 Alex de Minaur pulled out on Thursday with an abdominal damage aggravated in the rupture week’s ATP Cup.
Konta could likely face Serena Williams in final 16
With Gauff playing Venus Williams all over again, eyes were straight centered on that part of the plot – a thrilling quarter which additionally parts Serena Williams among a bunch of stand-out names.
The 38-twelve months-old takes on Russian 18-twelve months-old Anastasia Potapova first as she objectives for a characterize-equalling twenty fourth Tremendous Slam singles title, and could likely face Gauff or her older sister in the quarter-finals.
Osaka is additionally in the the same quarter, the Eastern third seed starting in opposition to Czech Marie Bouzkova.
Briton Konta, who reached the semi-finals in Melbourne in 2016, is one other pitched into this loaded part of the girls folk’s plot.
Serena Williams is a probable opponent in the final 16 for the British quantity one, who could likely additionally face 2018 champion and ragged world quantity one Caroline Wozniacki in the third spherical.
The 29-twelve months-old Dane, who enrolled at Harvard Industry College in September and modified into identified with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018, isretiring after the match, asserting she has realised “there is more to lifestyles”.
Britain’s Katie Boulter objectives to place a season wrecked by damage leisurely her after the spend of her protected ranking of 85 to enter the twelve months’s first predominant, nevertheless must get rid of on Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina in her opening match.
British quantity two Heather Watson, ranked One hundred and first, will play Czech world quantity 62 Kristyna Pliskova, twin sister of second seed Karolina.
Karolina Pliskova, who is aiming for a first Tremendous Slam title, has a tricky opener in opposition to France’s ragged world quantity 10 Kristina Mladenovic.
Top seed and residential current Ashleigh Barty opens in opposition to Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko.
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BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller at Melbourne Park
Six months on from her great victory on Wimbledon’s Court docket One, Coco Gauff is aloof suitable 15 years of age. Venus Williams, 39, ignored her first two tournaments of the twelve months thru damage.
Gauff appears so that it’s worthwhile to play with out stress, and takes the watch ‘the larger they’re, the more sturdy they tumble’. What a commence to the championships that will seemingly be.
Johanna Konta’s direction thru the plot is a if fact be told spirited one. She could likely urge into each Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams earlier than the fourth spherical is out.
However having conducted suitable one match since September, Konta will fully be centered on her first spherical with the ingenious Tunisian Ons Jabeur, who beat her in Eastbourne in June.
Katie Boulter fully returned to the tour in November after six months out with a stress shatter. She has been playing lower level events to find well being, so Elina Svitolina is a brutal first-spherical plot.