Australian Open: Nadal, Kenin march on to second round; Svitolina to face Gauff

Australian Open resumed its motion on the second day beneath good sunshine at Melbourne Park on Tuesday with Rafael Nadal and defending champion Sofia Kenin bagging simple wins within the first spherical.

NADAL BEATS DJERE

Spanish second seed Rafa Nadal defeated Serbia’s Laslo Djere 6-3 6-4 6-1 to attain the second spherical. The world quantity two will face the winner of two qualifiers — American Michael Mmoh or Viktor Troicki — for a spot within the third spherical.

MEDVEDEV CRUISES PAST POSPISIL

Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev superior to the second spherical with a 6-2 6-2 6-4 victory over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil. It was the world quantity 4’s fifteenth consecutive win.

KENIN’S TITLE DEFENCE UP AND RUNNING

Sofia Kenin kickstarted her title defence with a 7-5 6-4 win over Australian wildcard Maddison Inglis. Kenin will meet both Kaia Kanepi or Anastasija Sevastova within the subsequent spherical.

BARTY BAGS EASY WIN

World primary Ash Barty handed a ‘double bagel’ to Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic, beating her 6-0 6-0 on Rod Laver Enviornment.

The 2020 semi-finalist Barty despatched down 5 aces and hit 10 winners, whereas Kovinic managed simply two aces and recorded three winners.

MUGURUZA MARCHES INTO SECOND ROUND

Garbine Muguruza’s bid for a primary Australian Open title started with a bang as she trounced Russian fortunate loser Margarita Gasparyan 6-4 6-0 within the opening match at Margaret Court docket.

Twice Grand Slam champion Muguruza reached the ultimate final 12 months however misplaced to shock bundle Kenin.

SVITOLINA SETS UP GAUFF CLASH

Elina Svitolina received a second set tiebreak to squeeze previous Czech Marie Bouzkova 6-3 7-6(5). Ukrainian Svitolina, the fifth seed, will face Coco Gauff within the second spherical after the American beat Jil Teichmann of Switzerland 6-3 6-2.

BENCIC THROUGH IN THREE SETS

Swiss eleventh seed Belinda Bencic battled previous American Lauren Davis 6-3 4-6 6-1 to attain the second spherical. Bencic struck eight aces and 36 winners however has loads of room for enchancment, making 47 unforced errors.

Bencic will subsequent face Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova.

PLISKOVA STORMS INTO SECOND ROUND

Czech sixth seed and 2019 semi-finalist Karolina Pliskova made quick work of Italy’s Jasmine Paolini, profitable 6-0 6-2 in simply 47 minutes.

AZARENKA MAKES EARLY EXIT

Victoria Azarenka, the twelfth seed, was dumped out within the first spherical after being overwhelmed 7-5 6-4 by American major draw debutant Jessica Pegula.

Azarenka, who made 25 unforced errors and 7 double faults, wanted a medical timeout halfway by the second set after showing to have bother respiratory.

KONTA RETIRES HURT IN SECOND SET

Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan superior to the second spherical after world quantity 15 Johanna Konta retired damage within the second set, with the Briton main 6-4 0-2.

BAUTISTA AGUT CRASHED OUT

Moldova’s Radu Albot, ranked 85, knocked out Spanish twelfth seed Roberto Bautista Agut within the opening spherical with a 6-7(1) 6-0 6-4 7-6(5) win.

DE MINAUR WINS IN STRAIGHT SETS

Australian twenty first seed Alex de Minaur cruised to the second spherical with a 7-5 6-1 6-1 win over American Tennys Sandgren.

GOFFIN KNOCKED OUT BY LOCAL WILD CARD

Belgian thirteenth seed David Goffin crashed out within the opening spherical following a 6-3 4-6 7-6(4) 6-7(6) 3-6 loss to Australian wild card Alexei Popyrin.

SHERIF MAKES HISTORY FOR EGYPT

Qualifier Mayar Sherif turned the primary Egyptian lady to win a major draw match at a Grand Slam with a 7-5 7-5 win over French qualifier Chloe Paquet.

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