Kerber with a difficult draw – Zverev against Koepfer

Kerber with a difficult draw – Zverev against Koepfer

Alexander Zverev will face Dominik Koepfer in the first round of the Australian Open. This was the result of the draw in Melbourne on Thursday. In the quarterfinals, the Olympic champion could face a duel with the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz. Zverev is number six at the first Grand Slam tournament of the tennis season. Jan-Lennard Struff, ranked number 24, will play against Australian Rinky Hijikata in the first round.

Angelique Kerber was unlucky in the draw. The three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, who is making her comeback on the big stage in Melbourne after a year and a half of maternity leave, will meet the American Danielle Collins at the start. If he wins, Kerber (35) would then meet the Polish world number one Iga Swiatek.

Niemeier loses in qualification

The Australian Open starts this Sunday. So far, ten German tennis professionals have qualified for the event on the Yarra River.

Tennis player Jule Niemeier will not be among them and will continue to search for her former top form. As before at the US Open, the 2022 Wimbledon quarter-finalist also missed the main draw at the Australian Open. In the second qualifying round of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the 24-year-old Niemeier narrowly failed with 4:6, 7:5, 6:7 (9:11) to Renata Zarazua from Mexico. The Dortmund woman is currently only 163rd in the WTA world rankings.

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Laura Siegemund canceled her quarter-finals at the WTA tournament in Adelaide. The German has already qualified for the first main round in Melbourne, where she will play against the number 17 seeded Russian Jekaterina Alexandrowa. However, their successful run came to a halt at the WTA tournament in Adelaide that took place immediately beforehand. The doubles specialist, who recently won the United Cup with the German team, forfeited the quarter-final against Darja Kassatkina. The reasons were initially unclear.

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