Australian Open 2020: Coco Gauff Faces Venus Williams in Round 1 Draw

Australian Open 2020: Coco Gauff Faces Venus Williams in Round 1 Draw

Cori Gauff of USA celebrates on matchpoint beating Venus Williams of USA on Court One during day one of the 2019 Wimbledon tennis championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club on July 1st 2019 in Wimbledon (Photo by Tom Jenkins)

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The draw for the 2020 Australian Open was made on Thursday, with the showdown between Venus Williams and Coco Gauff the standout match from Round 1. 

The duo will face off in a Grand Slam first round for the second time after 15-year-old Gauff famously beat Williams at Wimbledon last summer.

Elsewhere, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were drawn in the same half of the men’s bracket, meaning they are on course for a possible semi-final showdown; they will face Steve Johnson and Jan-Lennard Struff, respectively, in the opening round. 

Men’s top seed Rafael Nadal faces Hugo Dellien in his opener, and Serena Williams takes on Anastasia Potapova.

Williams has been placed in a challenging quarter of the draw, which includes her sister Venus, Gauff and defending champion Naomi Osaka, per Christopher Clarey of the New York Times:

Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times provided the draw in full for both the men’s and women’s singles:

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