January 15, 2009
Serena handed tough Australian Open draw
MELBOURNE (AFP) — Serena Williams, chasing her fourth Australian Open title, has drawn sister Venus and in-form Russian Elena Dementieva in her half of the women's singles draw for the year's first grand slam starting on Monday. The second-seeded American is looking for her 10th grand slam title, but has been given few favours by the draw's computer. She starts off against China's Meng Yuan and has a potential quarter-final against Russian eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and a possible semi-final against either her sixth-seeded sister Venus or fourth-seeded Dementieva.