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Australian Open - Womens' Draw

By Laura Gardiner
11 January 2013 11:09AM EST

DEFENDING women’s title holder Victoria Azarenka landed a favourable match-up, drawing Romanian Monica Niculescu in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.

But, Azarenka could be set to face American force Serena Williams in a semi-final, after the champion pair drew on the same side of the draw at Melbourne's Crown Casino on Friday.

In-form grand slam champion Williams will open her campaign against little-known Romanian Edina Gallovits-Hall.

The womens’ draw threw up more than one mouth-watering clash to open the first grand slam event of the year, with Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone up against Czech star Petra Kvitova.

Aussie hope Sam Stosur will face Chinese Taipei’s World No. 84 Kai-Chen Chang first up, drawing well away from tournament heavyweights Williams and Azarenka.

Stosur was beaten by Kai-Chen in their only meeting - a third-set tie-break in Osaka last year.

Glamorous former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki drew German Sabine Lisicki for her first match.

Australian Open women's draw - 2013:

Round 1

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [1]

Monica Niculescu (ROU)

 

Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 

Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

 

Qualifier 

Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)

 

Jamie Hampton (USA) 

Urszula Radwanska (POL) [31]

 

Varvara Lepchenko (USA) [21] 

Polona Hercog (SLO)

 

Caroline Garcia (FRA) 

Elena Vesnina (RUS)

 

Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 

Qualifier

 

Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 

Roberta Vinci (ITA) [16]

 

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [10] 

Sabine Lisicki (GER)

 

Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 

Donna Vekic (CRO)

 

Qualifier 

Lauren Davis (USA)

 

Qualifier 

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [24]

 

Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) [26] 

Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino (ESP)

 

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 

Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)

 

Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 

Christina McHale (USA)

 

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 

Sara Errani (ITA) [7]

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Serena Williams (USA) [3]

Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU)

 

Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 

Garbine Muguruza (ESP)

 

Ayumi Morita (JPN) 

Anna Tatishvili (GEO)

 

Annika Beck (GER) 

Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) [28]

 

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) [20] 

Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

 

Qualifier 

Jana Cepelova (SVK)

 

Rebecca Marino (CAN) 

Shuai Peng (CHN)

 

Vania King (USA) 

Maria Kirilenko (RUS) [14]

 

Nadia Petrova (RUS) [12] 

Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN)

 

Shahar Peer (ISR) 

Alexandra Panova (RUS)

 

Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) 

Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

 

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 

Lucie Safarova (CZE) [17]

 

Sloane Stephens (USA) [29] 

Simona Halep (ROU)

 

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 

Timea Babos (HUN)

 

Melanie Oudin (USA) 

Laura Robson (GBR)

 

Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 

Petra Kvitova (CZE) [8]

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Na Li (CHN) [6]

Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ)

 

Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 

Olga Govortsova (BLR)

 

Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 

Sacha Jones (AUS)

 

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 

Sorana Cirstea (ROU) [27]

 

Julia Goerges (GER) [18] 

Qualifier

 

Romina Oprandi (SUI) 

Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)

 

Yuxuan Zhang (CHN) 

Jie Zheng (CHN)

 

Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) 

Samantha Stosur (AUS) [9]

 

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [13] 

Melinda Czink (HUN)

 

Qualifier 

Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)

 

Qualifier 

Qualifier

 

Johanna Larsson (SWE) 

Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [22]

 

Mona Barthel (GER) [32] 

Ksenia Pervak (KAZ)

 

Heather Watson (GBR) 

Alexandra Cadantu (ROU)

 

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 

Arantxa Rus (NED)

 

Bojana Bobusic (AUS) 

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4]

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Angelique Kerber (GER) [5]

Elina Svitolina (UKR)

 

Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 

Kiki Bertens (NED)

 

Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 

Madison Keys (USA)

 

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 

Tamira Paszek (AUT) [30]

 

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [19] 

Qualifier

 

Camila Giorgi (ITA) 

Stephanie Foretz Gacon (FRA)

 

Qualifier 

Olivia Rogowska (AUS)

 

Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 

Marion Bartoli (FRA) [11]

 

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [15] 

Ashleigh Barty (AUS)

 

Mandy Minella (LUX) 

Qualifier

 

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 

Nina Bratchikova (RUS)

 

Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 

Klara Zakopalova (CZE) [23]

 

Venus Williams (USA) [25] 

Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

 

Alize Cornet (FRA) 

Marina Erakovic (NZL)

 

Petra Martic (CRO) 

Misaki Doi (JPN)

 

Olga Puchkova (RUS) 

Maria Sharapova (RUS) [2]

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