Published: Thu, January 17, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Sharapova Rolls At Aussie Open

Sharapova Rolls At Aussie Open

The 22-year-old Dart, playing in the main draw of a major for only the second time after getting a wild card to play last year at Wimbledon, got a look at only one break point in the match, when Sharapova served a double fault in the second set.

Asked if she felt sorry for her young, beaten rival, Sharapova, who lost in the first round at Wimbledon a year ago, said: "There's no time for that when you're playing the first round of a Grand Slam".

If he opts to avoid another procedure, he might be able to play in July at Wimbledon, where he won two of his three major titles, including the first for a British man in 77 years.

"I can still play, but not to a level I'm happy playing at", said Murray ahead of his evening clash in Melbourne Arena on a day when temperatures are forecast to soar to 37 Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit).

The Spanish second seed cruised through to round two of the opening major of the year 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 against Australian wildcard James Duckworth.

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

Anderson, a two-time grand slam finalist, took nearly three hours to get past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-1 on Monday.

The third set didn't start like the others with the first break of serve going to Nadal at 4-2. She went on to beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (10/6).

Jelena Ostapenko suffered a shock first-round defeat at the Australian Open on Monday as 2019's first grand slam got under way in Melbourne. I am very proud.

The 31-year-old Russian arrived at Melbourne Park as the 30th seed but said she still had the desire to succeed at a tournament she has won once, in 2008, and made the final a further three times.

She has played first-round opponent Alison Van Uytvanck only once before, winning, 6-1, 6-4 on the clay courts of Rome.

Andy Murray almost pulled off quite a comeback before losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-2 to 22nd-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, his first opening-round exit from a Grand Slam tournament in a decade.

But having lost in the first round in Melbourne six times, including to Kyle Edmund past year, the South African was relieved to have won his first match at the Open since 2015.

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

Nadal will lock horns with the victor of the match between Matthew Ebden and Jan-Lennard Struff.

Fellow American Danielle Collins also enjoyed a first-round win, the world number 35 beating 14th seed Goerges 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

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