DescriptionMaria Sharapova© EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON
TASS, January 16. Russian Maria Sharapova will meet with Croatian Donna Vekic in the first round of the Australian Open (Australian Open tennis), the first season of the tournament series Grand slam. This became known during the draw, the main draw of the tournament.
Sharapova, occupying the 145-th place in the rating of Female tennis Association (WTA), has received a special invitation (wild card) to the tournament. Vekic is seeded in the tournament under 19-m number.
At this timedaniel Medvedev will play with the American Tiavo in the first round of the Australian Open
The first racket of Russia Ekaterina Aleksandrova with 25th seeded in the first round will play with the Swiss, Jill Teichman (67 th place ranking WTA), Darya Kasatkina (68th place in the rankings) will play against American Madison keys (10th seeded), Margarita Gasparyan (98th place ranking) – with Maria Zaccari from Greece (22-th issue of culture), Anastasia Potapova (90 point rating) – 23-the multiple champion of tournaments of the Grand slam American Serena Williams (8-th issue of culture), Veronika Kudermetova (42nd place in the rating) – with the Spaniard Sarah Sorribes Brake (88 th place in the rating), Vitaly Dyachenko (87 th place ranking) – with American Danielle Collins (26th seeded) Anna Blinkova (58th place in the rating) – the Italian Jasmine Paolini (94th place), Svetlana Kuznetsova (53rd place in the rating) – Czech Maggie Vondrousova (15th seeded), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (30-th issue of culture) – with the Serbian Nina Stojanovic (84th place ranking).
The first racket of the world Australian Ashleigh Barty in the first round will play against Ukrainian Lesya Tsurenko (120-th place in the rating), the second racket of the world the Czech Carolina Pliskova – with France’s Kristina Mladenovic (39-th place in the rating), the third racket of the world and last year’s winner of the tournament, the Japanese Naomi Osaka – with the representative of the Czech Republic Maria Bokovoy (59th place ranking).
The Australian Open will be held from 20 January to 2 February. The total prize Fund of the tournament is $49 million.