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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday January 13, 2022

 
Naomi Osaka

The women's draw is set at the Australian Open and there are enticing matchups all around.

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The women’s draw ceremony at the Australian Open has created a mammoth matchup in the round of 16. Reigning World No.1 and top seed Ash Barty has been slated to face two-time champion Naomi Osaka in the fourth round.

The pair have split four previous matches but it was Barty who triumphed in their only Grand Slam meeting, at the 2018 Australian Open in the third round.

Tennis Express

Barty is slated to face a qualifier first round, while Osaka will face Colombia’s Camila Osorio. It’s a rough draw for Osaka, who could face Dayana Yastremska or Madison Brengle in the second round, and Belinda Bencic, the No.22 seed in the third round.

The round of 16, if the seeds hold, shapes up as follows in the women’s singles draw at Australia.

1] Barty vs. [13] Osaka
[9] Jabeur vs. [5] Sakkari
[4] Krejcikova vs. [15] Svitolina
[11] Kenin vs. [8] Badosa
[6] Kontaveit vs. [12] Rybakina
[14] Halep vs. [3] Muguruza
[7] Swiatek vs. [10] Pavlyuchenkova
[16] Kerber vs. [2] Sabalenka

See the full draw here:

 

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