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Barty given challenging draw at US Open

Ash Barty has been given a predictably challenging draw as she seeks to lift the US Open as the top seed – and she’ll have to be wary from the get-go as her first-round opponent is the former finalist Vera Zvonareva.

Australia’s world No.1, who will start favourite to lift her third grand slam title at Flushing Meadows when the event kicks off on Monday, has never played the 36-year-old Russian, who reached the final both in New York and Wimbledon in 2010.

The Muscovite veteran Zvonareva has these days slipped to 101 in the world but as a former world No.2 still clearly demands the utmost respect from the Wimbledon champ.

The draw, made on Thursday, could see Barty, in supreme form after annexing her fifth title of the year last weekend in Cincinnati, face a second round tie against rising French star Clara Burel.

The last-32 would then potentially pit her against Russian Veronika…

Read more at thewest.com.au

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