The Tennis Podcast: Australian Open draws dissected, Maria Sharapova's involvement questioned and Serena's struggle revealed

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Maria Sharapova is interviewed on Margaret Court Arena during a ceremony for the official draw - AP
Maria Sharapova is interviewed on Margaret Court Arena during a ceremony for the official draw - AP

With the first Grand Slam tournament of 2018 upon us, The Telegraph’s tennis correspondent Simon Briggs joined Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) to dissect the draws of the Australian Open on The Tennis Podcast. 

Which of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer has the best route to the final? Which first round matches stand out? What do Jo Konta and Kyle Edmund’s draws look like? And who is likely to clash in the last 16 and onwards? The team talk it all through, including the fitness of Novak Djokovic and his difficult early draw.

Aside from the potential match-ups, one of the main tournament talking points was why the Australian Open chose to have Maria Sharapova in place of Serena Williams to launch the tournament at the official draw. The pod team got stuck in.

And on the subject of Serena, they covered the remarkable story told in Vogue Magazine about the complications and health setbacks Williams suffered during and after the birth of her daughter, the difficulties she has had dealing with having to play against her sister Venus, and the role she feels she wants to play in the sport in the future.

The Tennis Podcast will be produced daily throughout the Australian Open, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport. 

How to listen

Android - rss.acast.com/ thetennispodcast (paste into a podcast app like Overcast). 
Acast - http://po.st/TP375
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