Australian Open women’s draw: Maria Sharapova draws Tatjana Maria in first round

  • Top seed Simona Halep draws Destanee Aiava
  • Johanna Konta, seeded ninth, faces Madison Brengle

Maria Sharapova will face Tatjana Maria in the first round of the Australian Open as she returns to the tournament at which she failed a drugs test in 2016.

The top seed Simona Halep of Romania faces the Australian wildcard Destanee Aiava in the first round, with the second seed Caroline Wozniacki starting out against Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu. Halep is in the same half as the Wimbledon champion GarbiƱe Muguruza, who faces Jessika Ponchet in the first round, who has a difficult quarter containing Sharapova and Angelique Kerber.

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