Entering as the No 1 seed for the first time at a major and at a tournament where she's had back-to-back first-round exits, two-time French Open finalist Halep opens against teenage wild-card entry Destanee Aiava.
Williams, the beaten finalist a year ago when playing her sister Serena, and the oldest player in the draw this time at 37, said after the unseeded Belinda Bencic beat her 6-3, 7-5: "I don't think I played a bad match". He had a practice three-set match with world No.5 Dominic Thiem on Margaret Court Arena on Thursday, coming away with a win after dropping the first set.
As for the situation that Djokovic and Wawrinka find themselves in, Federer was sympathetic towards them as people but somewhat less so as professionals. Robin Haase, a former member of the ATP player council, said he thought the rule was likely to have made little difference because the 50 percent offer would be turned down by players who crave the whole amount. "I always said, it's like the moment you reach 30, it's normal to maybe have some signs of usage of the body, whatever you want to call it". Is that by training different?
"At the end of the day, it's all just talk beforehand".
"I think he's a wonderful man". Sometimes you do get unlucky. And while that may sound like you have a lot of options, it more means you have a lot of places to search for the tournament you're watching and the tour you're following. "But right now it's at the level where I can compete, and every day is getting better", he said. That's the most important thing for me now.
"Throughout the tournament, I don't know how it's going to behave".
Rosewall said he had met Federer several times and would like to see more of him, "but obviously his time is pretty well taken care of". "This is going to be a very interesting year". If I do months without playing official match is always a little bit more hard. And while Federer may play down his chances, he might be the only one to do so.
"If I did not feel ready I would not be here". "And then it's back to reality and the grind of it".
It is the first time since 1997 that there will be neither of the Williams sisters in the second round, with Serena not playing after giving birth to her first child. "To be honest, everybody, even Rafa, is standing closer to the baseline normally than he ever has in the past". "We don't speak about him enough", Federer told the newspaper.