Serena Avoids Early Danger In Australian Open
SERENA Williams kicks off her campaign for a sixth Australian Open title against Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck.
The top seed has no major danger matches until the quarter-finals, where a potential clash against Caroline Wozniacki looms.
Second seed Maria Sharapova will take on a qualifier as she aims for her second trophy after her 2008 triumph, with eighth seed Eugenie Bouchard a likely quarter-final opponent.
Simona Halep of Romania, ranked third and rated a dark horse to clinch her maiden grand slam, will take on Italian Karin Knapp first up.
Twice champion Victoria Azarenka is unseeded after her 2014 season was all but wiped out by injury and shapes as a dangerous floater in the draw.
She will clash with American Sloane Stephens in the first round before a potentially mouthwatering meeting with Williams in the quarter-finals.