The season’s first Grand Slam begins Monday at the Australian Open. Headlining the session is Rafael Nadal who makes his 2018 debut after a right knee injury. The 2009 champion who also won the US Open is seeking a second Career Grand Slam.
Venus Williams knows a thing or two about Grand Slam. Venus, who first played the tournament 20 years ago, faces the returning former Top 10 Belinda Bencic in one of the toughest first round matches.
Nick Krygios opens his bid for bring the men’s title back home later tonight against Rogerio Dutra Silva.
US Open champion Sloane Stephens will try to stop a 7-match slide since winning in New York. The American meets the very dangerous Zhang Shuai. And to start the tournament off on Rod Laver, Jelena Ostapenko collides with Francesca Schiavone in a battle of former French Open winners.
Also in action are former finalists o-Wilfried Tsonga, Dominika Cilbukova along with Marin Cilic, Caroline Wozniacki, Grigor Dimitrov and John Isner.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN MONDAY SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena From11:00am AESTYour time11:00am
J. Ostapenko (7) v F. Schiavone
V. Williams (5) v B. Bencic
G. Dimitrov(3) v D. Novak (Q)
R. Nadal (1) v Estrella Burgos
D. Gavrilova (23) v I. Falconi
Margaret Court Arena From
S. Stephens (13) v S. Zhang
M. Ebden v J. Isner (16)
S. Stosur v M. Puig
M. Buzarnescu v C. Wozniacki (2)
K. King (Q) v J. Tsonga (15)
S. Kenin v J. Goerges (12)
T. Babos v C. Vandeweghe (10)
V. Pospisil (Q) v M. Cilic (6)
N. Kyrgios (17) v R. Dutra Silva
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