This year’s Australian Open boasts an Aussie contingent quite unlike any other year.
With the men’s side rocked by withdrawals and the women’s without reigning champion Ash Barty, it truly is anyone’s for the taking at the first major of the year.
The women’s draw is particularly intriguing given the only two Aussie women ranked in the top 160, Ajla Tomljanovic and Daria Saville, are out through injury.
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It means there is a very real chance for the first time at an Australian Open, no Aussie women advance into the second round.
On the men’s side, with two seeded players – including Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios – the wins should flow more freely.
A total of 16 Australians will be competing in the main singles draws…