Top seed Angelique Kerber begins her Australian Open title defense against Lesia Tsurenko with Garbiñe Muguruza looming in the last eight; which young gun drew No.2 seed Serena Williams?
WTA Staff

MELBOURNE, Australia - The 2017 Australian Open draw was just unveiled and World No.1 Angelique Kerber will face Ukrainian veteran Lesia Tsurenko in her first match in Melbourne since winning her maiden Grand Slam title. Meanwhile, No.2 seed Serena Williams will face former Top 10 youngster Belinda Bencic in the first round as she begins her road to a record-breaking 23rd major title.

Kerber was on hand to attend the annual Draw Ceremony along with Novak Djokovic, winner of last year's men's event.

Two of 2016's Grand Slam champions were drawn into the same quarter as Kerber is projected to face French Open winner and No.7 seed Garbiñe Muguruza in the quarterfinals, with No.4 seed Simona Halep and No.8 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova serving as potential semifinal opponents. 

Meanwhile, Serena's road doesn't get easier should she get past Bencic, who has struggled with injury since becoming the youngest Top 10 debutant in half a decade. Seeded as her fourth-round opponent would be either veteran and No.16 seed Barbora Strycova - who reached the semifinals at the Apia International Sydney - or No.21 seed Caroline Garcia.

Her projected quarterfinal opponent is No.6 seed and reigning BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global champion Dominika Cibulkova.

Among the more interesting first-round matches, No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska will get a rematch with Tsvetana Pironkova, who stunned the Pole in the fourth round of last year's Roland Garros. No.5 seed Karolina Pliskova is her projected quarterfinal opposition, and has looked among the strongest forces thus far in 2017, winning the Brisbane International. However, the Czech has yet to beat Radwanska in any of their prior seven meetings.

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