HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day three

Reuters | Melbourne | Updated: 19-01-2022 11:23 IST | Created: 19-01-2022 11:19 IST
HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day three
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Highlights of the third day of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, all times local (GMT +11): 1644 DOMINANT NADAL BREEZES PAST HANFMANN

Rafa Nadal continued his quest for a 21st Grand Slam title with a 6-2 6-3 6-4 victory over German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann, finishing with a blistering forehand. Up next for the sixth seed is Karen Khachanov or Benjamin Bonzi. 1540 SVITOLINA PLEASED TO HAVE MONFILS BY HER SIDE

Elina Svitolina, who married fellow professional Gael Monfils last year, said she was lucky to have found a partner who understands the demands of elite-level tennis. "It's important to have someone who understands what I'm going through ... This sometimes can get complicated. The mental part is very important," Svitolina said.

"For me to have Gael next to me at the same big events, it's lucky in our situation that we're both at the top of our sport so we're travelling pretty much the same tournaments." READ MORE:

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1445 KEYS MOVES INTO THIRD ROUND Former U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys staved off a late comeback attempt by Jaqueline Cristian to beat the Romanian 6-2 7-5. The Adelaide champion has won now seven straight matches and meets Alison Van Uytvanck or Wang Qiang next.

1402 BADOSA DELIGHTED WITH CENTRE COURT SPOTLIGHT Eighth seed Paula Badosa said playing on Rod Laver Arena following a breakthrough 2021 in which she tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Australian Open felt special. "I'm really proud of myself... one year ago I was locked in a room," Badosa said after beating Martina Trevisan. "Being here and playing centre court, because of me, not because I'm playing a seeded player, because now I'm the seeded player, I'm happy."

1337 BARTY TOO GOOD FOR BRONZETTI Top seed Ash Barty used her powerful forehand and delicate slices to devastating effect in a 6-1 6-1 win over Grand Slam debutant Lucia Bronzetti in 52 minutes.

Earlier, 15th seed Elina Svitolina advanced when Harmony Tan retired from their match with a knee issue and left the court in a wheelchair. Tan was down 6-3 5-7 5-1 when she got injured. Camila Giorgi reached the third round at Melbourne for the fourth time with a 6-2 7-6(2) win over Tereza Martincova.

1230 AZARENKA, BADOSA THROUGH TO THIRD ROUND Twice former Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka and Spanish eighth seed Paula Badosa were the first players into the third round at Melbourne Park.

Azarenka, the 2012 and 2013 champion, sealed a 6-1 6-2 victory over Swiss Jil Teichmann with a backhand winner, while Badosa firmed as a dark horse for the title with an equally dominant 6-0 6-3 win over Martina Trevisan on Rod Laver Arena. 1125 PLAY UNDERWAY ON DAY THREE

Play at Melbourne Park got underway on all courts as scheduled on day three of the year's first Grand Slam. A warm day is expected for the second round matches with the temperature already at 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit) with a high of 28 forecast.

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