Sydney preview: Lucie Safarova v Angie Kerber
Lucie Safarova is starting the 2018 season in Sydney and is not facing an easy draw. She will meet Angelique Kerber in R1 (Lucie leads the Head to Head 2-1). If Safarova wins, she will play her second round against Venus Williams (the American leads the Head to Head 5-2). Potential QF opponents include Sevastova and Cibulkova.
This is the first time that Lucie competes since last September, due to a wrist injury. During the off-season, she restarted her training, together with Rob Steckley (who is back as full-time coach).
Lucie will also play doubles, with Barbora Strycova (their team is the number 2 seed). They play their first match this Sunday against Rosolska/Spears.