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Australian Open draw 2019: Halep, Serena, Sharapova, Wozniacki & Konta learn their fate

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Wozniacki is out to defend her title (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Simona Halep faces a testing first-round tie against Kaia Kanepi – a players she lost to at the same stage of the US Open.

The world No. 1 is in the same quarter as Serena Williams, who takes on Tatjana Maria in her opening match. Williams could meet Eugenie Bouchard in round two

Johanna Konta will get an opportunity at revenge when she faces Alja Tomljanovic, having lost to the Australian in the second round of the Brisbane International just a week or so ago, and could meet two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza in round two.

Naomi Osaka and Elina Svitolina are in the same half.

women's seeds

  1. Halep
  2. Kerber
  3. Wozniacki
  4. Osaka
  5. Stephens
  6. Svitolina
  7. Pliskova
  8. Kvitova
  9. Bertens
  10. Kasatkina
  11. Sabalenka
  12. Mertens
  13. Sevastova
  14. Goerges
  15. Barty
  16. S. Williams
  17. Keys
  18. Muguruza
  19. Garcia
  20. Kontaveit
  21. Wang
  22. Ostapenko
  23. Suarez Navarro
  24. Tsurenko
  25. Buzarnescu
  26. Cibulkova
  27. Giorgi
  28. Hsieh
  29. Vekic
  30. Sharapova
  31. Martic
  32. Strycova

Williams is making her return to Melbourne (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki could be on course for a third-round tie with Maria Sharapova, though shell have to come through Alison Van Uytvanck first.

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Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber are the top seeds in the bottom quarter of the draw.

From a British perspective, Katie Boulter meets Ekaterina Makarova in the opening round and is in the same half as Heather Watson, who begins against Croatias Petra Martic.

Harriet Dart, meanwhile, will take on Serbias Ivana Jorovic in the final round of qualifying as she looks to book her spot in the main draw.

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