Muguruza, before Gasparyan; Badosa possible rival in 2nd round

Garbiñe will face the Russian repechage Gasparyan (25 years and 125th in the world) and could meet Paula Badosa in the second round if she beats Samsonova.


The draw for the women's draw of the Australian Open revealed the possibility that two of the four Spanish players competing in the first Grand Slam of the year, Garbiñe Muguruza and Paula Badosa, will face each other in the second round, provided they surpass their respective rivals in the first. They are two Russians, Margarita Gasparyan (26th and 125th in the world), who entered as a play-off, and Liudmila Samsonova (22nd and 127th). Muguruza once faced Gasparyan, in the second round of Monterrey, in 2019, and won it in three sets. And Badosa also crossed paths with Samsonova once, in El Espinar three years ago, and lost because she had to retire injured.

Garbiñe, finalist in 2020 and 14th seed, and Paula go by the side of Simona Halep's painting, number two, although not in the same sector, but through the one that Andreescu, Vondrousova, Kvitova, Kerber, Jabeur and Osaka will pass through among others . Thus the things, in the way of Garbiñe, by ranking would be Garsparyan, Badosa, Kerber, Osaka, Andreescu and Halep before a hypothetical final against the world leader, Barty. A very complicated path a priori.

The other Spaniards go for the part of Barty, who could be Sara Sorribes' rival in the second round if the Castellón surpasses her first opponent, the Australian guest Daria Gravrilova (26 years old and 452nd). At the beginning of the US Open in 2018, the local player met and won. Aliona Bolsava will have a difficult debut against the American Jennifer Brady (25 years and 24th), with whom she has never been measured.

Serena Williams, against Siegemund

Serena Williams, who is on the side of Muguruza, will begin a new attempt to conquer her 24th Grand Slam title against the German Laura Siegemund, and then she could cross with Begu, Riske, Sabalenka, Halep and Andreescu, before face Barty for the title. Last year's champion, American Sofia Kenin, will face local guest Maddison Inglis.

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