Australian Open offers opportunity for breakthrough

By Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Without defending champion Serena Williams in the draw at the Australian Open, there’s certainly an enhanced opportunity for another player to emerge as a first-time Grand Slam champion.

Sloane Stephens (at the U.S. Open) and Jelena Ostapenko (French Open) did it last year.

Just don’t describe the first Grand Slam of the year as “more open” than usual.

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Source: SF Gate Sports

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