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HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day one


Reuters
Updated: 14-01-2019 06:46 IST
HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day one

Highlights of Monday's opening day of the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the year (all times GMT):

0114 GMT MARTIC FIRST INTO SECOND ROUND

Croatia's Petra Martic wasted little time in the rising temperature to become the first player through to the second round after she demolished Britain's Heather Watson 6-1 6-2 on Court 14.

The 31st seed took just 62 minutes to beat Watson and will now meet the winner of the match between Russia's Evgeniya Rodina and Czech Republic's Marketa Vandrousova.

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0035 GMT BRITAIN'S BOULTER RECORDS FIRST 'BAGEL' OF TOURNAMENT

Briton Katie Boulter recorded the first 'bagel' of this year's tournament, racing to a 6-0 first set win in about 27 minutes against Russia's former top-10 player Ekaterina Makarova on Court 12.

0015 PLAY UNDERWAY AT MELBOURNE PARK

Play got underway on schedule under sunny skies at 11 a.m. local time (0000) GMT with the temperature hovering just over the 25 degrees Celsius mark with a forecast high of 35C.

Former champion Maria Sharapova began play on the main showcourt Rod Laver Arena against British qualifier Harriet Dart, while men's fifth seeded South Africa Kevin Anderson got his campaign underway against France's Adrian Mannarino.

(Compiled by Greg Stutchbury, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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