Miami Open: Barty, Gavrilova land in tough section
Seeded Aussies Ash Barty and Daria Gavrilova could meet in the fourth round of the Miami Open - but first they must deal with numerous threats in the draw.
Daria Gavrilova has landed in perhaps the most loaded section of the Miami Open draw, yet should she survive it, she could face compatriot Ash Barty in round four.
Gavrilova, the 26th seed, receives a first-round bye and opens against a qualifier in round two.
But the going gets tough in the last 32, should she make it that far – her opponent would be either No.4 seed Elina Svitolina, Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka, or the great Serena Williams.
Williams and Osaka clash in a blockbuster first-round match for a shot at Svitolina in round two.
If Gavrilova navigates all those threats, Barty could be her opponent in the last 16.
Barty, seeded No.21, opens against one of two teenaged American wildcards – Claire Liu or Whitney Osuigwe – after a first-round bye.
She faces a projected third-round meeting with 15th seed Kristina Mladenovic.
Another Aussie, Sam Stosur, joins Barty and Gavrilova in the bottom half of the draw.
The unseeded Stosur takes on Monica Puig – who beat her in a three-set thriller at Australian Open 2018 – for a chance to meet No.2 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.
Australian wildcard Ajla Tomljanovic is in the top half of the draw, and faces Lesia Tsurenko in the first round.
The winner progresses to a second-round meeting with 13th seed Sloane Stephens.
In qualifying, Aussies Arina Rodionova and Olivia Rogowska will try to join their compatriots in the main draw by winning two matches.
Rogowska has drawn Yanina Wickmayer first up while Rodionova faces Viktorija Golubic.