Hewitt to battle countryman in first round of Australian Open

Lleyton Hewitt will have to take down countryman James Duckworth in the opening round of the Australian Open if he’s to keep hopes of a dream swansong alive.

The tournament, which starts on Tuesday, will be Hewitt’s 20th and last Australian Open as he heads into retirement.

Fellow Australian Bernard Tomic, the men’s 16th seed, will take on Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in his first round clash.


He also faces a potential fourth-round showdown with world No.2 Andy Murray.

Nick Kyrgios has drawn Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in his opener.

While in the women’s draw, Australia’s No.1 Samantha Stosur meets a qualifier first up.

However, the Gold Coaster could run into Monica Pueg, the Puerto Rican who knocked her out of the Sydney International this week, in round two and then fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanksa in round three.

Fellow Gold Coaster, teenager Kimberly Birrell, has the tough task of the number 9 seed Karolina Pliskova in her opening clash.

The 17-year-old was a late inclusion in the event after grabbing a wildcard earlier this week.

Australian No.2 Daria Gavrilova faces Lucie Hradecka and could strike Czech sixth seed Petra Kvitova in the second round.

World No.1 and defending champion Serena Williams will launch her quest for a seventh title against Italian Camila Giorgi.

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