Raducanu to face Sloane Stephens in Aus Open


Britain’s Emma Raducanu will face American Sloane Stephens in the first round of the Australian Open.

The 17th seed, Raducanu, who won the U.S. Open last year, was drawn against the World No. 68 who also won in New York in 2017.

Novak Djokovic was included in the draw despite an on-going case with the Australian government over his visa. He was drawn against fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic.

Britain’s Andy Murray will face 21st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili despite having already defeated him once this week, in the Sydney International quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Fellow Briton and 12th seed Cameron Norrie will face American Sebastian Korda, while Dan Evans was drawn against Belgiums David Goffin. Evans also went through to the Sydney Open semifinals after beating Spain’s Pedro Martinez.

Heather Watson, the only other British woman to qualify for the main draw will take on Mayar Sherif of Egypt.

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will start her bid for a home Grand Slam against a qualifer which continue until Friday, while America’s Naomi Osaka will start against Colombia’s Camila Osorio

British players Harriet Dart and Liam Broady are in with a chance of reaching the main draw if they win in Friday’s final qualifying matches.

The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam begins on Jan. 17 in Melbourne.

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