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Greece’s Maria Sakkari wins first round at Australian Open

Greece’s Maria Sakkari wins first round at Australian Open

Forgive the young American's exuberance.

The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire during his quarterfinal match previous year. "I am confident it's going to work well". It's just about how badly you want it. "I'm really excited for them".

Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson won his first match at Melbourne Park since 2015 when he beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.

Next for Fritz is a matchup against Roger Federer, the two-time defending champion in Australia and owner of 20 Grand Slam titles. "Even if I lost that match, I felt that I played a good level of tennis". "I can't tell you how many times I watched Monfils" highlight reel on YouTube, just growing up. For me, when I play Venus or something, I'm star-struck, too.

She walked to the net only to realise her mistake but reacted impressively to win 6-0 4-6 7-6 (10/6) after two hours and 24 minutes in oppressive Melbourne heat. His only hiccup came when he served for the match in the ninth game of the third set and was broken.

She said the problems with her shoulder led her doctor to proclaim it was a "day-by-day pain management situation". Against McDonald, an NCAA champion in singles and doubles at UCLA who is 23 years old and ranked 81st, Cilic delivered 25 aces, including on each of the last two points.

"There is nothing like going out and playing a match, especially in a Grand Slam, the feelings, the nerves, anticipation of a first round", she said.

"But I know that tennis is not forever".

Anderson was the runner-up at Wimbledon past year and at the U.S. Open in 2017 and had won all three previous matchups against Tiafoe.

Reigning Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki has marked her return to Rod Laver Arena with a win, defeating Belgian Alison van Uytvanck in straight sets.




As for his postmatch flex, Tiafoe said: "I hope the crowd liked it".

Her opponent - ranked 132nd and making only her second grand slam appearance - managed just nine points on serve.

He turns 21 on Monday and said: "If I'm playing on that day and beat somebody, that's the best present I can get".

He warmed up for the Australian Open by winning his sixth ATP tour title at Pune, India.

The Australian Open has not seen a home female victor since 1978 but many believe Barty could be the one to break that run, her impressive showing in Sydney prior to the first slam adding fuel to the fire. Three-time major champion Angelique Kerber moved on with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia.

The 26-year-old Australian won last month's Open wildcard playoff to earn his way into the main draw.

The 17-time major victor hasn't played since retiring from his semifinal at the U.S. Open because of a knee injury.

"I'm kind of conquering all the places where I've been bad", Stephens said. No. 9 Kiki Bertens, No. 20 Anett Kontaveit and No. 29 Donna Vekic also exited.

Sharapova will next play against Swede Rebecca Peterson, who beat Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-1.

"It is so surreal", Birrell said. I get to play again.

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