Australian Open 2021 Draw: Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka in Same Half, Ashleigh Barty Receives Easy Path

Published 02/05/2021, 12:45 AM EST
Naomi Osaka of Japan hugs Serena Williams of the United States after winning the Women’s Singles finals match on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


The 2021 Australian Open is set to begin in a few days, and players from around the world are appearing at the event. Now, they finally know who they are up against as the draw has just been announced.

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Top 4 Seeds At Australian Open 2021

This year, the top two seeds at this year’s Australian Open are Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep. They are followed by Naomi Osaka and Sofia Kenin, who are the third and fourth seeds, respectively.

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Barty, who is returning to tennis after nearly 12 months, has a potential match-up with Petra Martic who is ranked No.18 and could pose a huge challenge to the home -favorite. Apart from her, Barty has no real challengers.

Moving on to Halep, she has a potential match-up with French Open champion Iga Swiatek. This will surely be a tough match for her, having had lost to her in Paris just a few months back.

Osaka has an even tougher path at this year’s Australian Open. She could potentially face two-time Major Champion Garbine Muguruza in the Round of 16 who is surely going to pose a huge threat.

Lastly, Sofia Kenin also has an easy draw like Barty. The only player who will worry her is Johanna Konta, and she could potentially face her in the fourth round.

Sofia Kenin of the United States celebrates after winning her Women’s Singles Semifinal match against Ashleigh Barty of Australia. It was on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Serena Williams Faces Tough Path

At the 2021 Australian Open, American star Serena Williams is looking to create history. She wants to win her 24th Major there to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record for the most Grand Slam titles. However, it is not going to be easy for her at all.

In the fourth round of the Australian Open, the American star could face Aryna Sabalenka. The Belarusian recently was on a 15-match winning streak and could disrupt Serena’s plans. In addition to that, Naomi Osaka could be her opponent in the semifinal. Hopefully, Williams will be prepared to face them.

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Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her quarter-final match against Danielle Rose Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Clearly, there are some mouth-watering clashes awaiting tennis fans at this year’s Australian Open. Fans are surely excited and they are definitely not going to be away from their televisions from February 8th.

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