The draws for the 2018 Australian Open have been announced today, for both the men’s and women’s tournaments.
The major matches of the first round in the women’s tournament include:
Andrea Petkovic v Petra Kvitova
Karolina Plistkova v Veronica Cepede Royg
Venus Williams v Belinda Bencic
Maria Sharapova v Maria Tatjana
Jelena Ostapenko v Francesa Schiavoni
CoCo Vandeweghe v Timea Babos
Sloane Stephens v Shuai Zhang
Caroline Wozniacki v Mihaela Buzarnescu
Garbine Muguruza v Jessika Ponchet
On the men’s side, the marquee matches are
Rafael Nadal v Victor Estrella Burgos
Marin Cilicvs Yen-Hsun Lu
Grigor Dimitrov v qualifier
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga v qualifier
Jack Sock v Yuichi Sugita
Kevin Anderson v Kyle Edmund
Dominic Thiem v Guido Pella
Roberta Bautista Agut v Fernando Verdasco
Stan Wawrinka v Ricardas Berankis
Sam Querrey v Feliciano Lopez
Novak Djokovic v Donald Young
Roger Federer v Aljaz Bedene
The men’s final is potentially another clash between Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, who battled it out last time, with Roger Federer coming out tops.
Maria Sharapova, who was present at the draws, tipped Nadal to however come out tops this time.
She said: “Roger had an incredible season last year. I always pull for Rafa because he is so fun to watch. I’m a fan of the game and I love the rivalries so maybe we will see them again.”
The 2018 Australian Open kicks off on the 14th of January.