MELBOURNE (REUTERS) – Ladies’s world No. 1 Ash Barty will accomplice US Open semi-finalist Jennifer Brady of america in doubles on the 2021 Australian Open in a high-profile pairing between high singles gamers, organisers stated on Wednesday (Dec 30).
Australian Barty performed with now-retired German Julia Georges on this 12 months’s match in Melbourne the place they misplaced within the second spherical to eventual winners Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.
Crowd favorite Barty’s singles run on this 12 months’s match ended within the semi-finals with a defeat to American Sofia Kenin, who went on to win her maiden Grand Slam title in Melbourne.
World No. 4 Kenin has modified her doubles accomplice for the 2021 version of the Australian Open and can play with Swiss world No. 12 Belinda Bencic.
Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova, who misplaced the 2020 last, are the top-ranked ladies’s duo for the Grand Slam, which has been delayed by three weeks as a consequence of Australia’s strict border guidelines to curb the unfold of Covid-19 and can begin on Feb 8.
American Rajeev Ram and Joe Sailsbury of Britain will return to defend their males’s doubles title with the sphere headlined by the top-ranked Colombian duo of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, who received the Wimbledon and US Open trophies final 12 months.
Britain’s seven-time Grand Slam doubles champion Jamie Murray has additionally reunited along with his former accomplice Bruno Soares after splitting final 12 months and can look to copy their 2016 success after they received the Australian and US Opens titles.