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  •   Home > News > Sports > Tennis

    Wozniacki draws giant-killer for Classic

    Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki will play Madison Brengle, who defeated Serena Williams in the 2017 ASB Classic, in the 2018 first round.


    Tennis world No. 3 and ASB Classic favourite Caroline Wozniacki will take on 2017 giant-killer Madison Brengle in the 2018 edition's first round.

    The 27-year-old Brengle, ranked 85th in the world, toppled tennis superstar Serena Williams in three sets in the second round of this year's tournament.

    She'll now face Wozniacki on centre court in Auckland, in what could be a banana skin for the Danish star as she attempts to win her first Classic title.

    The draw was somewhat unkind to the 27-year-old.

    As well as drawing Brengle, Wozniacki could also face a semi-final challenge from Agnieszka Radwanska, with whom she shares her side of the draw.

    The Polish 28-year-old, a former world No. 2 and Wimbledon finalist, has been handed a simple first-round tie against young Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia.

    Elsewhere, Czech third seed Barbora Strycova has been handed a tough draw against Italian star Sara Errani, a former French Open singles finalist and winner of all four doubles grand slams who failed a doping test in August this year.

    Defending champion Lauren Davis will play a qualifier, while second seed Julia Goerges will play 2016 Olympic gold medallist Monica Puig.

    Kiwi teen Jade Lewis will also play a qualifier.

    ASB CLASSIC MAIN DRAW, FIRST ROUND:

    [1] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs. M. Brengle (USA)

    P. Martic (CRO) vs. M. Vondrousova (CZE)

    S. Kenin (USA) vs. Qualifier

    V. Lepchenko (USA) vs. [7] M. Barthel (GER)

    [4] A. Radwanska (POL) vs. B. Haddad Maia (BRA)

    C. Mchale (USA) vs. T. Townsend (USA)

    V. Cepede Royg (PAR) vs. L. Arruabarrena (ESP)

    Qualifier vs. [5] L. Davis (USA)

    [6] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs. Qualifier

    N. Hibino (JPN) vs. Su. Hsieh (TPE)

    K. Nara (JPN) vs. J. Larsson (SWE)

    S. Errani (ITA) vs. [3] B. Strycova (CZE)

    [8] D. Vekic (CRO) vs. K. Flipkens (BEL)

    P. Hercog (SLO) vs. A. Van Uytvanck (BEL)

    J. Lewis (NZL) vs. Qualifier

    M. Puig (PUR) vs. [2] J. Goerges (GER)

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