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HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day one

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):


Germany's Julia Goerges became the first seeded player knocked out of the tournament when American Danielle Collins came from a set down to record a 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4 victory in the first match on Margaret Court Arena.

The 14th-seeded Goerges had come into the tournament in strong form having successfully defended her Auckland Classic title but looked uncomfortable against the power-hitting 25-year-old, who went for her shots during the second set.

The tactic paid off for Collins, who sealed the win in two hours, 25 minutes when her winner smacked into the net and the ball flopped into Goerges' side of the court.

"The first set didn't go my way but I had a clear mindset about what I needed to do," said Collins, who was making her main draw debut at Melbourne Park.

"I decided today that I had to earn it the hard way, no easy jobs for me and I just out went there with no fear."


Spain's former top-10 player Fernando Verdasco became the first man through to the second round after he beat Serbian qualifier Miomir Kecmanovic.

The left-handed 26th seeded Verdasco took two hours, 11 minutes to beat the teenager 7-6(5) 6-3 6-3 and set up a second round clash against either Moldova's Radu Albot or American Michael Mmoh.


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Djokovic favourite as 'Big Four' take final bow

Serena still the force on Melbourne return

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Australian Open order of play on Monday

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Roberto Bautista Agut v Andy Murray

India's Gunneswaran rues singles drought back home

Djokovic satisfied with prize pool ahead of Australian Open tilt

Serena ready to claim first Slam as a mum - coach

De Minaur, Barty ready to lead home charge in Melbourne

Federer feeling 'lucky' ahead of hat-trick bid in Melbourne

Excited Wozniacki more careful of her body in title defence

Zverev searching for Grand Slam 'mentality' in Melbourne

Kerber feels solid again with new coach Schuettler

Umpiring a 'strange occupation', says Kyrgios

Australian number four Kyrgios 'in a good spot' ahead of home Open

Nadal shrugs off injury concerns, pays tribute to Murray

Leaner, mature Osaka stays grounded in Melbourne

Coach-less Halep admits behind curve at Melbourne Park

Next generation men to watch out for in Melbourne

Penpix of the top men's contenders at the Australian Open

Penpix of the top women's contenders at the Australian Open


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.


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 Czech Republic's Marketa Vandrousova, who beat Russia's Evgeniya Rodina 6-3 6-2 within minutes of Martic's victory.


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.


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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