Australian Open Results: Sharapova Drubs Dart, Sabalenka, Garcia, Vekic Advance

The 22-year-old Briton Dart, who described Sharapova as her idol before the match, is 101 places behind her in the rankings and was playing in just her second Grand Slam main draw. "I think she played extremely well", Wozniacki told reporters.

The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire during his quarterfinal match a year ago.

"It was a much tougher match than I expected", Cilic said.

The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire in his quarterfinal match previous year.

Rafael Nadal poked fun at a journalist who fell asleep during his post-match press conference at the Australian Open.

Ostapenko, the former victor of Roland Garros suffered a devastating loss against Maria Sakkari, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

His only stumble as he served for the match and was broken by Duckworth, who got back to 5-4.

Maria Sakkari caused a major upset on day one at the Australian Open as she beat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.


The Briton prevailed 6-0 4-6 7-6 (10-6) as she sent the former semi-finalist packing, Boulter recording the biggest win of her career to date.

The Swiss maestro has won the last two Australian Opens and his gunning for a record seventh crown and 21st Grand Slam title.

"The thing is that time happened in the village just next to me and in a village that I have a lot of family living there". Overall, he will be only third in history along with Roy Emerson and Rod Laver.

Later in the day, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki saved a break point in the opening game but there was little trouble to follow as she beat Alison Van Uytvanck 6-3, 6-4.

She faces one of the favourites for the title next in Aryna Sabalenka, the Belarusian having cruised past qualifier Anna Kalinskaya 6-1 6-4.

The Spanish world number two demolished fighting Australian wildcard James Duckworth 6-4, 6-3, 7-5. Duckworth showed he wouldn't go down easily after breaking at love at 4-5. He'll play another Australian, Matthew Ebden, next.

Mackenzie McDonald pushed No. 6 Marin Cilic before losing 7-5, 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, and Denis Kudla went to a fifth set before bowing out 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4 against No. 18 Diego Schwartzman.

The South African, a runner-up to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon past year, had failed to reach the second round at Melbourne Park since 2015, but made no mistake this time round.


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