Coco Gauff and Venus Williams get a Sequel : here is the Draw !

Hard to believe, but true: After their match-talked-about 2019 Wimbledon Round 1 clash, from which Coco Gauff had famously emerged victorious, she and Venus Williams — 24 years her senior — are set to rematch in the 2020 Australian Open Round 1. In accordance with her No. 8 seed, Serena Williams inherited of a manageable draw… until the quarterfinals, where she could meet defending champion Naomi Osaka on the road to a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title.

By Bastien Fachan

Notable Round 1 matches:

— Venus Williams v. Coco Gauff —

1 out of 16181: Those were the odds that Venus Williams and Coco Gauff face each other twice in the first round of three consecutive Grand Slams. The 15-year-old, who said she’s been idolising the seven-time Grand Slam champion since she was young (not that she isn’t anymore…), will get to face Venus Williams for a second time after stunning her for her maiden Grand Slam main draw last year at Wimbledon (6-4, 6-4). But is Gauff still the outsider, this time, after climbing as high to the world No. 66 ranking, just 11 spots shy of Venus, who nears her forties? We shall see… and we can’t wait to!

— [19] Donna Vekic v. Maria Sharapova —

It would have been be a must-watch if unseeded Maria Sharapova drew a seed — regardless of the seed — and so she did in No. 20 seed Donna Vekic. Sharapova, the 2008 champion in Melbourne, has been struggling with frequent injuries and form slumps since coming back after a 15-month suspension in 2017. The consequence of this is she’s not immune to the draws anymore and after getting Serena Williams at the US Open (l. 6-1, 6-1), she’s set to face another dangerous opponent. Donna Vekic may have never gotten past the Round 2 at the Australian Open (2013, 2017, 2018, 2019), but she reached the quarterfinals in New York just months ago.

[2] Karolina Pliskova v. Mladenovic

The No. 2 seed — yet to win a Grand Slam — versus a former top 10 player who earned France the Fed Cup just two months ago by defeating world No. 1 Ash Barty. As Round 1 crackers come and go, Pliskova-Mladenovic has ‘upset’ written all over it. Pliskova defends a substantial stack of points in Melbourne, where she reached the semifinals last year (l. to eventual champion Naomi Osaka).

 

Potential Round of 16 matches (based on seedings):

Barty v. Martic

Keys v. Kvitova

Osaka v. Kenin

Konta v. S. Williams

Bencic v. Sabalenka

Mertens v. Halep

Svitolina v. Bertens

Vondrousova v. Pliskova

 

Ash Barty’s projected path to the title:

R1 Tsurenko

R2 Hercog

R3 Rybakina

R4 Martic / Riske

QF Kvitova

SF Osaka / S. Williams

F Pliskova/Halep

 

Naomi Osaka’s projected path to the title:

R1 Bouzkova

R2 Zheng

R3 Strycova / V. Williams / Gauff

R4 Stephens / Kenin

QF Serena

SF Barty / Kvitova

F Pliskova/Halep

 

Serena Williams’ projected path to the title:

R1 – Potapova

R2 – Zidansek / Han

R3 – Wang

R4 – Konta / Yastremska

QF – Osaka

SF – Barty / Kvitova

F – Pliskova / Halep

The full draw on the Australian Open webiste

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