Aus Open 2016: Maria Sharapova vs. Nao Hibino day 1 result, recap, replay, highlights.
Maria Sharapova, 28, begin their Australian Opens today, with Williams facing the rapid-fire base-lining of Camila Giorgi, 24, of Italy, while Sharapova takes on emerging 21-year-old Japanese Nao Hibino. Sharapova (left forearm) both withdrew from pre-Australian Open events and will be anxious to quickly establish their bona fides at Melbourne Park.
Williams, who has a 2-0 head-to-head with the No. 36-ranked Giorgi, has won six Aussie Opens while Sharapova, playing No. 56 Hibino for the first time, triumphed once, in 2008.