Who're the Aussies taking part in and the way far can they go?

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The third and arguably most prestigious grand slam will get underway on Monday within the salubrious grounds of the All England Garden Tennis and Croquet Membership.

We all know who the favourites are, however which Aussies have made the primary draw, who’re they taking part in in Spherical 1 and the way far can they go? Let’s take a more in-depth look.

Males’s draw

Alexei Popyrin (99) vs Pablo Carrena Busta (59)
Having written an article simply a few days in the past about how the younger 19-year-old qualifier can do some injury right here, I’m comfortable to see him take his place in the primary draw. His first-round opponent is a high quality participant on onerous court docket or clay however has by no means gained a spherical at Wimbledon. Popyrin can get by this match, however he’ll then tackle Russian younger gun Daniil Medvedev in what can be an attractive second-round match.

John Millman (58) vs Hugo Dellien (93)
Millman would be the clear favorite right here in opposition to his 26-year-old Bolivian opponent who’s making his Wimbledon debut and solely his second grand slam essential draw look. I count on Millman to cruise by Spherical 1 to possible play Serbian 31st seed Laslo Djere, who doesn’t have an incredible grass court docket report, in Spherical 2. It’s an incredible likelihood to make a 3rd spherical, the place a probable match up with Dominic Thiem will await him.

Bernard Tomic (101) vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (70)
This may very well be billed because the hero vs villain match of the spherical. Tomic hasn’t precisely endeared himself to the tennis public of late, whereas Tsonga has been a fan favorite for greater than ten years. Whereas Tsonga didn’t play Wimbledon final 12 months as a consequence of harm, he has made the semis twice and quarter-finals twice. Again in 2011 Tomic made the quarter-finals right here, however since then he hasn’t made it previous the fourth spherical of any slam. Whereas not underestimating Bernie, I count on Tsonga to be too good.

Bernard Tomic Australian Open qualifying

(AAP Picture/Julian Smith)

Jordan Thomson (45) vs Nick Kyrgios (43)
Australia’s second and third highest ranked males take the court docket in opposition to one another in what on paper appears to be like like a really shut match. Thompson is having fun with an incredible interval proper now and has reached his career-high rating. Kyrgios, then again, has dropped out of the seedings, and after his controversial look at Queens a few weeks in the past, who is aware of which Nick Kyrgios will flip up? Probably the most thrilling factor about this match is who the winner meets in Spherical 2: Rafael Nadal, assuming he makes it by Spherical 1 awaits, and I believe Kyrgios can be waiting for this already. For that purpose I believe Nick beats Jordan on this one. As for Kyrgios vs Nadal – nicely, that’ll be price staying up for!

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Alex De Minaur (29) vs Marco Cecchinato (40)
Australia’s No. 1 male begins his marketing campaign in opposition to an Italian who has misplaced within the first spherical of a grand slam eight out of 9 occasions. The one time he did get by the primary spherical was when he made the semi-finals of the French Open final 12 months. I don’t see Alex having too many troubles in Spherical 1. He’ll face the winner of Steve Johnson and Albert Ramos-Vinolas within the second spherical for a probable third-round match-up with Kei Nishikori.

Matt Ebden (91) vs Diego Schwartzman (24)
Schwartzman is a tough first-round opponent for Ebden, however whereas there’s fairly a big rating distinction, I believe this may very well be fairly an in depth match. Grass is certainly not Schwartzman’s favorite floor, and Ebden reached the third spherical right here final 12 months. If Ebden can get by this match, he’ll play the winner of Dominik Koepfer and Filip Krajinovic. It’s positively not the worst draw for Ebden, so hopefully he can take benefit.

Matthew Ebden (Imaginechina through AP Photographs)

Girls’s draw

Ash Barty (1) vs Saisai Zheng (43)
Australia’s golden lady, French Open champion and new No, 1 participant on the earth shouldn’t have too many points together with her opening couple of rounds. From there issues will get awkward, although. If all seedings go to plan – although they hardly ever do – Barty could face Garbine Muguruza within the third spherical adopted by Belinda Bencic after which both Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, or Angelique Kerber within the quarter-finals. If Barty is totally match and doesn’t really feel the stress of being No. 1, the following two weeks can be an incredible check for her. Hopefully she will be able to win her second slam in two months!

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Sam Stosur (132) vs Carlo Suarez Navarro (31)
Within the battle of the massive hitters count on some nice shot-making no matter what the rankings say. Suarez Navarro has probably the greatest single-handed backhands on the ladies’s tour, and if Stosur will get her forehand going, she might be onerous to cease. Neither participant has made a deep run to the finals right here, however each are greater than succesful on their day. This may very well be an in depth match, however I lean in direction of Suarez Navarro. Maria Sharapova will possible await the winner in Spherical 2.

Samantha Stosur at the Australian Open.

(Quinn Rooney/Getty Photographs)

Arina Rodionova (212) vs Taylor Townsend (120)
Rodionova battled by qualifying to achieve her second Wimbledon essential draw. So far as a first-round opponent goes, Arina has drawn pretty nicely. Townsend has a career-high rating of 61 however hasn’t been in nice type of late and has gained just one match within the Wimbledon essential attract her profession. I give Rodionova a great likelihood to get by to the second spherical, which might be an incredible effort, however Kiki Bertens, the fourth seed, will possible be ready for her within the subsequent spherical.

Daria Gavrilova (78) vs Elina Svitolina (eight)
A tricky first-round match up for Gavrilova. The pair have performed one another eight occasions, with Daria successful twice. That is their first match-up on the grass, although, and whereas it wouldn’t be a complete shock to see Gavrilova get the win, I believe Svitolina can be too robust.

Ajla Tomljanovic (49) vs Daria Kasatkina (30)
If we have a look at the rankings, that is fairly a tough first-round match-up. Tomljanovic is getting again close to her career-high rating and Kasatkina has dropped slightly from her profession excessive of No. 10. Kasatkina hasn’t had an incredible 12 months within the slams up to now, however as a Wimbledon quarter-finalist final 12 months, she’s going to in all probability have a bit an excessive amount of for Ajla to deal with right here.

Astra Sharma (85) vs Sofia Kenin (28)
A primary-round match the place each gamers are at their career-high rating, so this must be an fascinating affair. Sharma made her grand slam debut on the Australian Open this 12 months, the place she gained her first-round match. Kenin is simply 20 years outdated and reached the fourth spherical at Roland Garros final month. Though youthful, Kenin can have a bit an excessive amount of expertise for Sharma on this one.

There are some fascinating match-ups for the Aussies in Spherical 1, and hopefully we’ll have loads of Spherical 2 matches to preview subsequent week.


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