Serena, Venus in same half of Aussie Open draw

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — There won’t be on all-Williams women’s singles final at the Australian Open this year.

Serena and Venus Williams were placed into the same top half of the draw Friday.

Justine Henin, playing in her first Grand Slam tournament in nearly two years, will face fellow Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in the first round, and could play Olympic champion Elena Dementieva in the second.

Henin, who is unseeded, could meet fellow comeback player and U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters in the quarterfinals. One of the Williams sisters could meet Henin or Clijsters, who are in the bottom half of the draw, in the final.

Serena Williams, the defending champion and No. 1 seed, will take on Urszula Radwanska of Poland in the first round.

The Australian Open begins Monday.