Top-seeded Steffi Graf’s draw in next week’s U.S. Open is fraught with peril.
No. 2 Monica Seles, on the other hand, drew a rosy path as she embarks on her return to her first Grand Slam championship since she was stabbed.
Men’s top seed Andre Agassi and defending champion also drew a tough first-round opponent in Bryan Shelton, with the winner perhaps facing former two-time champion Stefan Edberg in the third round.
Graf begins against Amanda Coetzer, who beat her in the first round last week in the Canadian Open. Also lurking in that 16th of the draw are Nathalie Tauziat, Chanda Rubin and Helena Sukova.
If Graf gets past that group, she could face Australian Open champion Mary Pierce in the quarters and, perhaps, No. 3 Aranxta Sanchez Vicario in the semis.
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