24th Grand Slam Chasing Serena Williams will open shop against Germany’s Laura Siegemund in Melbourne as this year’s Aussie Open serves off on Monday.
The draw of the first Grand Slam of the year was dished out Friday in Melbourne.
The Mother of one who has so far show evidence of readiness to fly in the warm-up tournament ahead of the big show, had earlier said that the delay in the date of this year Open was a blessing in disguise as it gave her time to really put herself in shape for the showdown
Twenty-year-old qualifier Francesca Jones will make her Grand Slam main draw debut against big-hitting American Shelby Rogers.
US Open champion Naomi Osaka has a tough opener against Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who has reached the quarter-finals in three of the last four years, while defending champion Sofia Kenin faces Australian wild card Maddison Inglis.
Men’s top seed and perennial winner Novak Djokovic opens against experienced Frenchman Jeremy Chardy and is in the same half as US Open champion Dominic Thiem, who meets Mikhail Kukushkin.
Nadal, who takes on Laslo Djere, has a path that could include a quarter-final meeting with Stefanos Tsitsipas and a semi-final against fourth seed Daniil Medvedev.
A straight sets win over American Marcos Giron saw Evans through to the quarter finals at the Murray River Open on Friday as the Briton continued his positive preparation for the Australian Open next week.
Meanwhile, eighth seed Bianca Andreescu is gearing up to play her first tournament since October 2019.
The Canadian rocketed to the top of the game that season, winning the US Open as a teenager, but a knee injury sidelined her at the beginning of last year and she did not play competitively when the tour resumed last summer.
Andreescu, now 20, sparked alarm when she pulled out of this week’s Grampians Trophy but she insisted that was just a precaution after two weeks of hard quarantine.