Barty aims to continue the climb

Australia's number one women's ranked player Ash Barty has drawn Aryna Sabalenka in the opening round of the first grand slam of the year.

The 18th seed earn't her position in the top seedings after a monumental 2017 including her first tournament win. 

Daria Gavrilova will face a yet to be determined qualifier and out of touch Sam Stosur takes on Monica Puig. 

Destanee Aiava was drawn the toughest of her career challenges so far number one seed Simona Halep. 

Meanwhile, Ajla Tomljanovic will take on 29th seed Lucie Safarova. 

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