The draw for the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia has been released and Genie will face world No.65 Louisa Chirico of the United States in the first round. Genie has never played the 20-year-old before.
The first seed Genie can meet is No.23 seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the second round.
This will be Genie’s fifth appearance at the ‘Sunshine Slam’. Genie’s best result was when she made her breakthrough in a Grand Slam when she reached the semis in 2014. Last year, Genie lost in the second round to Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.