0118 GMT SHARAPOVA 'DOUBLE BAGELS' DART
Former champion Maria Sharapova opened the quest for her second title at Melbourne Park with a 6-0 6-0 victory over British qualifier Harriet Dart.
The 22-year-old Briton saved two match points but blasted a backhand volley wide to give the Russian a rare 'double bagel' victory in 63 minutes.
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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.
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.
(Compiled by Greg Stutchbury, editing by Nick Mulvenney)
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