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Draw in Melbourne – Wawrinka and Golubic start against seeds – Sports

Draw in Melbourne – Wawrinka and Golubic start against seeds – Sports


Stan the man in Melbourne

Stan Wawrinka takes on another old man in the first round.

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  • Stan Wawrinka will face Adrian Mannarino (FRA/ATP 20) in the first round of the Australian Open.
  • Viktorija Golubic vs. Veronika Kudermetwa (Russia/WTA 16) starts.
  • Novak Djokovic starts against the qualifier.

Stan Wawrinka's first opponent at the Australian Open is Adrian Mannarino. Wawrinka (56 players) lost the previous two matches against the Frenchman, ranked No. 20 (2015 in Miami and 2022 in Astana).

Romand appears to have recovered well from a minor ankle injury in December. He has been training hard in Melbourne over the past few days, but has decided not to participate in the 'Kooyong Classic' invitational tournament. If Wawrinka beats the left-hander, who is just three years his junior at 35, he could face No. 16 seed Ben Shelton, a US Open semi-finalist, in the third round and heavy favorite Novak Djokovic in the round of 16.

The Serbian starts against a qualifier. On his way to his 25th Grand Slam title – Australia's 11th – Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) in the quarter-finals and Jannik Sinner (ITA) in the semi-finals could stand in his way. However, Tsitsipas was given a difficult task initially with Matteo Berrettini (Italy). Holger Rohn (Denmark), newly trained by Severin Luthi and Boris Becker, finds himself in the bottom half of the table with Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) and Daniil Medvedev (Russia).

Golubic vs. Rossi – Things are going to be tough for Swiatek

In the women's category, she will face Viktoria Golubic (WTA 90), ranked 16th in the world. Veronika Kudermetova from Russia. The 31-year-old from Zurich is not without opportunity. She won her only match so far at Wimbledon in 2021, but on her favorite surface, grass.

The top of the ladies board is interesting. World No. 1 Iga Swiatek (POL) will have to contend with Sofia Kenin (USA), No. 38, unseeded and 2020 Australian Open champion, first. In the second round, the opponent will be Danielle Collins (USA), who reached the final two years ago, or Angelique Kerber (Germany), winner in 2016. Naomi Osaka, a two-time champion, will meet Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia (WTA Championships WTA 20) is making its comeback. .

The Swiss delegation could still grow in the main field among women and men. The qualifiers are still ongoing.