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5 women to watch at the Australian Open

5 women to watch at the Australian Open”

While Evert thinks Serena is "raring to go" as she looks to equal Margaret Court's all-time Grand Slam title record of 24, she predicts strong challenges from the players who stopped the American reaching that tally a year ago - Japan's Naomi Osaka, who beat Williams in the U.S. Open final, and Angelique Kerber who trounced her in the Wimbledon title match.

As far as the final match is concerned, in-form Angelique Kerber of Germany could be Williams' opponent. While she grabbed an easy opener against unseeded German Tatjana Maria, it'll get tricky in the later stages with potential matchups against No. 1 seeded Simona Halep in the fourth round and Osaka, the 2018 US Open champion, in the semi-finals.

The 31-year-old went into a bewildering slump in mid-2016 that only ended when he won Wimbledon last year, before he went on to claim his third US Open crown and move to 14 grand slam titles, three behind Rafa Nadal.

The Belarussian surged up the WTA rankings previous year, winning her first two titles and ending it just outside the top 10 and arrived in Melbourne fresh from winning in Shenzhen.

Good luck to all the players.

The legacy of Serena Williams, who next week will compete in her first Grand Slam since her fiery clash with a U.S. Open umpire, will not be harmed by the infamous feud that tarnished the NY final, American great Chris Evert said on Wednesday.

Williams was handed a warning by U.S. Open chair umpire Carlos Ramos last September for a coaching violation before being deducted a point for smashing her racket and later a game for a heated argument during her loss to Naomi Osaka. "I'm trying to change it more, and I think I have". "She's in position where can break records in the tennis world".

The Scot will not be seeded in Thursday's draw (from 07:00 GMT) for the opening Grand Slam of the year and so could face a top-ranked player in the first round.

The 21-year-old Zverev appears the most likely of the younger generation hoping to end the world's top three's domination of grand slams, having beaten Federer and Djokovic at the ATP Tour Finals in London last November.

The Romanian broke her major duck at the French Open in June last year and finished the season at number one for the second consecutive year.

The Australian Open 2019 is the first Grand Slam of the year and a chance to see if your favourite players are performing at the highest level.



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