(PREVIEW) The Spanish tennis players already know how their path will be in the women’s final draw of the Australian Open, which will bring us an exciting tournament and which could leave us with great surprises as has happened on the women’s circuit in recent years.
Paula Badosa, who will be the eighth seed of the tournament, has been placed at the top of the women’s team. The Catalan will make her debut against a demanding rival like the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic. On his way Badosa could meet Saisai Zheng, star in a Spanish duel in the third round with Sara Sorribes (who will debut against the Belgian Flipkens), and meet in the round of 16 with Coco Gauff or the 2020 tournament champion Sofia Kenin before a possible crossover in the quarterfinals with Svitolina, Ostapenko, her great friend Victoria Azarenka (who already beat her this year in Adelaide) or the Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova. In the case of passing all these games, an even more difficult challenge awaits Badosa in the semifinals: Australian Ashleigh Barty, first favorite for the title, and who will debut against a player from the previous one on one side of the table in which she also appears Spain’s Nuria Párrizas (will make her debut against Tunisian Ons Jabeur).
Garbiñe Muguruza will go on the other side of the painting. The Spanish, who will be seeded, will debut against the French Clara Burel and could be seen with another French, Alizé Cornet, in the second round and in the third round with the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek before a possible round of 16 against Simona Halep or Emma Raducanu and a possible quarterfinal crossover with Kontaveit, Collins, Mertens or Rybakina. In the case of overcoming this test Muguruza could be seen in the semifinals with Aryna Sabalenka, second favorite for the title, who will debut against the Australian Storm Sanders.