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Published On: Fri, Jan 17th, 2020

Gauff faces Williams, Konta at Australian Open

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American teenager Coco Gauff will again face Venus Williams in the first round of a Grand Slam after the pair was drawn together at the Australian Open.
Gauff, 15, announced her arrival on the biggest stage by beating 39-year-old Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam singles winner, at Wimbledon in July.
Britain’s Johanna Konta, seeded 12th, will play Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.
In the men’s draw, British 30th seed Dan Evans meets American Mackenzie McDonald in Melbourne.
Evans, 29, is playing in his first Slam as Britain’s leading male player and could face Serbia’s defending champion Novak Djokovic in the third round.
Djokovic, who is aiming for a record-extending eighth title, does not have the easiest opener after being drawn against Germany’s world number 37 Jan-Lennard Struff.
The first Grand Slam of the year begins on Monday with the top half of the women’s draw and the bottom half of the men’s draw in action.
Gauff’s match against Venus Williams seems certain to feature in the first night session on Rod Laver Arena with Djokovic, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, 2019 women’s champion Naomi Osaka, Konta and Evans among those also playing on day one.

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