This Jan. 26, 2019 report photograph displays Japan’s Naomi Osaka preserving her trophy after defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic all the way through the ladies’s singles ultimate on the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Picture/Family Cheung)

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — No. 1-ranked Ashleigh Barty will start the brand new yr with a tricky draw on the Brisbane Global. She’s one in all six Grand Slam champions in her part of the draw. There are 3 others her quarter at her house event.

Protecting Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka, who’s at the different aspect of the draw, has a first-round fit towards Maria Sakkari.

Barty can have a first-round bye prior to a possible second-round fit towards five-time primary winner and wild-card access Maria Sharapova, who performs a qualifier within the first around.

Barty gained each her fits towards Sharapova in 2019, together with within the Australian Open’s fourth around.

If Barty reaches the quarterfinals, the French Open champion may just tackle both 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens or two-time Wimbledon champion and fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova. 3-time primary winner Angelique Kerber and 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur, who’re additionally in Barty’s part of the draw, meet within the first around.

The draw used to be made on Saturday when Kiki Bertens, who will play doubles with Barty in Brisbane, stated the WTA Finals champion appears to be playing lifestyles on the most sensible.

“I used to be inspired (via her upward push) however, for me, it used to be no longer a wonder,” Bertens stated of Barty. “I believe she is dealing with all of it smartly. And he or she is a pleasant particular person as smartly. I believe she is the most efficient participant at this second and he or she is having a in point of fact excellent time.”

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