The best stories, the most interesting characters and the greatest chance of drama are in the women’s draw at Melbourne Park this year

Men’s sports and male athletes dominate attention; twas ever thus. But anybody looking to get the most out of the 2021 Australian Open needs to shift their focus. The best stories, the most interesting characters, and the greatest chance of drama are in the women’s draw.

After years of major tournament tennis being synonymous with The Big Three™ men, it might require some effort to retune the heuristic, but it will be rewarding. The list of contenders for the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup is long, diverse, and full of candidates for a fortnight-long loan of a living room “c’mon”.

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