Gauff-Venus Williams to meet in 1st round at Australian Open

Serena Williams from the United States with daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. and the ASB trophy after winning her singles finals match against Unit...
Naomi Osaka of Japan makes a forehand return during her semifinal match against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic at the Brisbane International ...
Serbia's Novak Djokovic smiles during a break at a practice session on Rod laver Arena ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, ...
Serbia's Novak Djokovic hits the ball during a practice session on Rod laver Arena ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Aust...
From left, Rafael Nadal of Spain, Serena Williams of the United States and Novak Djokovic of Serbia participate in the Rally For Relief at Rod Laver A...

Serena Williams from the United States with daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. and the ASB trophy after winning her singles finals match against Unit...

Naomi Osaka of Japan makes a forehand return during her semifinal match against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic at the Brisbane International ...

Serbia's Novak Djokovic smiles during a break at a practice session on Rod laver Arena ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, ...

Serbia's Novak Djokovic hits the ball during a practice session on Rod laver Arena ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Aust...

From left, Rafael Nadal of Spain, Serena Williams of the United States and Novak Djokovic of Serbia participate in the Rally For Relief at Rod Laver A...

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Coco Gauff and Venus Williams will meet again in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament after the youngest and oldest players in the Australian Open women's competition were drawn Thursday into a tough quarter with Serena Williams and defending champion Naomi Osaka.

Gauff had a breakout run at Wimbledon last year when she went through qualifying, upset Venus Williams in the first round and became the first 15-year-old to reach the round of 16 there since Martina Hingis in 1996.

The winner of the Gauff-Williams match could meet Osaka in the third round and 23-time major winner Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. Serena Williams is coming off a victory in the ASB Classic in Auckland, her first title since her victory at the 2017 Australian Open and her time off the tour to have her daughter. Osaka has a first-round match against Marie Bouzkova and eighth-seeded Serena Williams opens against Anastasia Potapova.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and 20-time major winner Roger Federer were drawn into the same half of the men's draw. Top-ranked Rafael Nadal landed in a tough quarter that potentially includes a fourth-round match against Nick Kyrgios and a projected quarterfinal against Dominic Thiem, the man he has beaten in the last two French Open finals.

The Australian Open starts Monday at Melbourne Park.

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