Tough draw for the French at the Australian Open

Luck sometimes makes things go wrong. On Thursday, January 11, the draws for the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the season between January 14-27, did not spare the French tennis players.

World No. 20 Caroline Garcia will face two-time winner (2019, 2021) and two-time US Open winner (2018, 2020) Naomie Osaka in Melbourne. The former world No. 1 returned to competition in early January in Brisbane (Australia), where she was eliminated in the second round after more than a year without playing and without being a mother. Despite the Japanese lack of rhythm, the match promises to be difficult for Lyonnaise. having a sawtooth chain of results. If she wins her first two matches, she will be able to face Russian Anastasia Potapova (27).to world) in the third round, hypothetically before the round of 16 American sensation Coco GauffNumber 4 seed.

Among the Tricolores competing in Melbourne, many players inherited an affordable first round but a formidable second blade. France’s number two Varvara Gracheva will challenge Belgian Yanina Wickmayer (68)to World). If she is successful, she could cross paths with Czech Marketa Vondrousova, the reigning Wimbledon winner. If the first match is won, Clara Burel and Alizée Cornet will face American Jessica Pegula (5), world) and Dane Caroline Wozniacki, who won in Australia in 2018.

Gasquet sentenced for abuse

In the men’s draw, Richard Gasquet will have a difficult time against Carlos Alcaraz, who is in second place. Bitterois Recently dropped out of the World’s Top 100For the first time since 2005 after a defeat against compatriot Arthur Fils in Auckland (New Zealand). At the age of 37, the new generation will challenge one of the greatest talents in world tennis. Winner of two Grand Slam tournaments at 20 years old.

The next two Frenchmen had a decent draw. Adrian Mannarino (20to world) will challenge Swiss multiple Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, aged 56, todayto Take your place in the ATP rankings. He may cross paths with Ben Shelton, a semi-finalist at last year’s US Open, in the third round. Ugo Humbert will compete with his opponent in the qualifying rounds. A seemingly easy draw, but uncertainties remain: The world-famous player withdrew from the matches due to stomach pains before his second match in Brisbane on January 3.

Gaël Monfils’ journey doesn’t look like an easy one. If he gets ahead in the first round against German Yannick Hanfmann, he will have the opportunity to meet many familiar faces: He could challenge Britain’s Andy Murray in the second round, then Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the next round. Arthur Fils will face Russian Roman Safiullin, who was a quarter-finalist at the last Wimbledon, in the second round.

Sinner – Djokovic and Alcaraz – Medvedev in the semi-finals

Starring Novak Djokovic Going to look for the 25thto Grand Slam championship We are facing a difficult situation in the second week. His real first duel It should be in the round of 16 against Ben Shelton. Their last encounters In the semifinals of the 2023 US OpenThere was a spark of excitement that witnessed “Djoker” win in three sets. The Serbian could cross paths with Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarters before a shocker against Italian Jannik Sinner in the final four. In the other part of the table, the hypothetical quarter-finals will be Carlos Alcaraz – Alexander Zverev and Holger Rune – Daniil Medvedev.

Women’s world No. 1 Iga Swiatek will have a tough start against Sofia Kenin, who won in Melbourne in 2020. If successful, Poleman will face the winner of the match between 2020 finalist Danielle Collins in the second round. The winner of 2022 and 2016 is Angélique Kerber. No. 2 seed and defending champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus inherited an affordable first week ahead of a possible shock against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the quarter-finals. In the guessing game, the winner of this poster could face Coco Gauff for a spot in the final; In the other match in the last four, Iga Swiatek and Kazakh Elena Rybakina faced each other.

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