The 2019 Australian Open kicked off on January 14th, 2019, with qualifying rounds running January 8th-11th. Now, nearly a week in, MFA is going to look at the top females who remain in the running and follow along until the end to see who reigns supreme at this years’ Open.
Six women have advanced to the third round, which begins on January 18th. Perennial powerhouses Serena and Venus Williams, along with Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys have played their way into the 3rd round. At 17 years old, Amanda Anisimova is the youngest player left in women’s singles draw. In her Australian Open debut, she entered the week having never won a main draw match at a major before. She lost in the first round of women’s doubles with partner Danielle Collins,, but continues to impress. Collins, may have had an early exit in doubles, but she remains strong in singles and will open in the first round of mixed doubles with partner Michael Venus of New Zealand.
10 American women remain after one round of women’s doubles. Seven of them bring multiple years of experience at the Australian Open. Abigail Sears makes her 16th appearance, Raquel Atawo makes her 10th appearance and Alison Riske makes her eighth appearance. Three are rookies (Kaitlyn Christian, Sabrina Santamaria, Desirae Krawczyk), who are looking to make a name for themselves. There are only two American duos (Asia Muhammad and Kaitlyn Christian, Jennifer Brady and Alison Riske), while the rest are paired with partners from other nations.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands was victorious in 2015 and 2017 and will look to capture her third mixed doubles title in Melbourne. Joining her in the first round will be Danielle Collins, Abigail Sears and Nicole Melichar.