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Nightmare draw for Venus and Azarenka in Auckland

Published : Monday, 31 December, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 1140

WELLINGTON, DEC 30: Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka have been drawn to face each other in a blockbuster first-round clash at the WTA ASB Classic, which starts in Auckland on Monday.
The two former world number ones and tournament drawcards were also joined by Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki in the top quarter of the draw, meaning only one of the big-name trio can make the semi-finals.
Williams, who won the Auckland title three years ago, may be heading into the twilight of her career at 38 but said she was keen to go as far into the tournament as she could.
"I'm looking to win matches here. She is always tough so I'm looking forward to it," Williams said of her clash with the Belarusian Azarenka, who is nine years her junior. Williams and Azarenka have faced each other six times, with the American winning the first four and Azarenka the last two.     -AFP

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