Kyrgios given golden Australian Open draw

Australia is guaranteed at least one woman in the second round after wildcards Jaimee Fourlis and Olivia Rogowska were pitted against each other first up.

With AP Photos.Defending champion Roger Federer has been drawn in the same half of the Australian Open as six-time victor Novak Djokovic, who is returning from an elbow injury and is seeded 14th.

Caroline Wozniacki, seeded two, will be fancying her chances of a first grand slam title, while who would bet against Venus Williams flying the family flag at 37 years of age, although a first round against Belinda Bencic is a tough opening hurdle.

Djokovic, seeded a lowly 14th after six months out of tennis with an elbow injury, has been pitch-forked into the quarter of world No.4 Alexander Zverev and will start against American left-hander Donald Young. He beat Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the second round of the 2017 US Open.

In the women's bracket, Serena Williams will miss the Australian Open as she recovers from her pregnancy, but Venus Williams has an extremely hard draw herself.

Her compatriot Sloane Stephens, seeded 13th in Melbourne, proved that at the U.S. Open as she came out of nowhere to claim a maiden slam against Madison Keys.

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Federer displayed that freedom past year and Wilander believes that fellow Swiss Wawrinka, who ended last season in August with a knee complaint, could arrive with a similar attitude this time around at Melbourne Park. ― Reuters picMELBOURNE, Jan 11 ― Romania's world No.1 Simona Halep will face Australian wild card Destanee Aiava as her first round opponent at the Australian Open, while today's draw could also see her go up against Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals.

Anderson, who had his best season a year ago after a long spell away tending a hip problem (the injury du jour on the circuit), beat Edmund in their only previous match, in the third round of the 2017 French Open.

Australian hopes will rest largely on the shoulders of 17th seed Nick Kyrgios, who won the Brisbane International on Sunday but has struggled with his temperament and openly admitted to lacking dedication in recent years.

Rarely have so many top players begun the season either carrying injuries or taking the early steps back from lengthy absences.

Sharapova said after a long time out she had to be patient coming back to the tour, but was still confident of returning to the top ranking and winning major tournaments.

"I think it's normal because there's a lot of expectations this year", he was quoted as saying by the Australian Open website.

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