HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day one

Coming off the back of a fine run to the Sydney Tennis Classic final, the 26-year-old Czech will be looking to progress beyond the second round at Melbourne Park for the first time. 1814 HURKACZ MARCHES INTO SECOND ROUND Polish 10th seed Hubert Hurkacz saw off Egor Gerasimov 6-2 7-6(3) 6-7(5) 6-3 in just over three hours to set up a second- round meeting with Adrian Mannarino, who won a thrilling five-setter against Australian James Duckworth. Earlier, unseeded American Sebastian Korda dumped British number one Cameron Norrie out of the tournament with a 6-3 6-0 6-4 victory.


Reuters | Melbourne | Updated: 17-01-2022 13:38 IST | Created: 17-01-2022 13:37 IST
HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day one
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Highlights of the opening day of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Monday, all times local (GMT +11): 1820 KREJCIKOVA ADVANCES WITH STATEMENT VICTORY

French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova kicked off her Australian Open campaign by dispatching Andrea Petkovic in 67 minutes, hitting 28 winners en route to a clinical 6-2 6-0 victory. Coming off the back of a fine run to the Sydney Tennis Classic final, the 26-year-old Czech will be looking to progress beyond the second round at Melbourne Park for the first time.

1814 HURKACZ MARCHES INTO SECOND ROUND Polish 10th seed Hubert Hurkacz saw off Egor Gerasimov 6-2 7-6(3) 6-7(5) 6-3 in just over three hours to set up a second- round meeting with Adrian Mannarino, who won a thrilling five-setter against Australian James Duckworth.

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1750 AZARENKA SURGES, WANG SENDS GAUFF PACKING Double Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka downed Panna Udvardy 6-3 6-1 for her first victory in Melbourne in six years. Wang Qiang beat American teenager Coco Gauff 6-4 6-2 for her first win on the Tour since last year's Roland Garros.

1642 NADAL TOO GOOD FOR GIRON Rafa Nadal, the only former champion in the men's draw, cruised into the second round with a 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory over unseeded American Marcos Giron.

The 2009 champion had warmed up for the Grand Slam by winning his 89th Tour-level title in Melbourne earlier this month. He plays German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann or Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis next. 1616 BERRETTINI SURVIVES NAKASHIMA SCARE

Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini made a slow start before finding his rhythm to get past unseeded American Brandon Nakashima 4-6 6-2 7-6(5) 6-3 to reach the second round. Denis Shapovalov was also made to work hard by Serb Laslo Djere before sealing a 7-6(3) 6-4 3-6 7-6(3) win, while 17th-seed Gael Monfils downed Federico Coria 6-1 6-1 6-3.

1555 JABEUR OUT WITH BACK INJURY Ninth seed Ons Jabeur, the 2020 quarter-finalist, pulled out of the tournament with a back injury that she sustained during the Sydney Tennis Classic. The Tunisian was replaced by Irina Bara who lost 6-3 6-1 to Nuria Parrizas Diaz.

1429 OSAKA QUELLS OSORIO CHALLENGE Defending champion Naomi Osaka had some nervy moments after going up 5-0 in the opening set but settled to beat Colombian Camila Osorio 6-3 6-3 in their first meeting.

Osaka, who next faces Madison Brengle, spoke about her blue and pink outfit after the match. "Apparently, it has asymmetrical lines and it's supposed to represent the Melbourne skyline. I don't know, I also like the colour, I haven't worn hot pink in a little minute."

Earlier, China's Zheng Qinwen earned her first victory in a Grand Slam by defeating Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3 1-6 7-6(5). 1359 ALCARAZ, VUKIC ADVANCE

Spanish 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, who reached the U.S. Open quarter-finals, beat Chilean qualifier Alejandro Tabilo 6-2 6-2 6-3 while Australian wildcard Aleksandar Vukic stunned 30th seed Lloyd Harris 4-6 6-3 7-5 7-6(3). Belarusian Ilya Ivashka withdrew from the tournament due to a leg injury and was replaced by 'lucky loser' Damir Dzumhur, who will play Pablo Andujar on Tuesday.

1301 SAKKARI MOVES PAST GERMAN MARIA Maria Sakkari withstood a late charge from Tatjana Maria to beat the German 6-4 7-6(2) on Rod Laver Arena.

"We all know that first rounds are not easy, credit to Tatjana, she played a really great match," said Sakkari. "I was a little bit stressed because I was, kind of, opening up the tournament on this wonderful court." Olympic champion Belinda Bencic eased past France's Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-3 while 15th-seed Elina Svitolina beat Fiona Ferro 6-1 7-6(4).

1219 GIORGI SWEEPS INTO SECOND ROUND Camila Giorgi was the first player into the second round at the 2022 championships after completing a 6-4 6-0 victory over Anastasia Potapova on court six.

The 30th seeded Italian clinched the victory when her Russian opponent double faulted for the fifth time in the match and will next face Czech Tereza Martincova or American Lauren Davis. 1110 PLAY UNDERWAY AT MELBOURNE PARK

After 10 days dominated by the Novak Djokovic visa saga, play at the 110th Australian Open got underway as scheduled under cloudy skies. The temperature was a cool 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit) with a maximum of 23 forecast.

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