World number one Ashley Barty is set to start her campaign against Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko on an opening day. Barty, 25, has won two Grand Slams (French Open 2019 and Wimbledon 2020). But she is going to be desperate to win a major on home soil. Since Chris O'Neill in 1978, no Australian has failed to win the title here.
Media reports say defending champion Naomi Osaka of Japan is set to play her first match against Colombia's Camilla Osorio. Coco Gauff is going to launch against China's Wang Kiang Se, Victoria Azarenka Hungary's Panna and Maria Sakari against Germany's Tatjana Maria.
This is going to be the first time in 24 years (1998) that neither of the Williams sisters Serena and Venus are going to play in this tournament.