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Australian Open: Nadal, Kenin march on to second round; Svitolina to face Gauff

Feb 9, 2021

Australian Open continued its activity on the second day under splendid daylight at Melbourne Park on Tuesday with Rafael Nadal and shielding champion Sofia Kenin packing simple successes in the first round.

NADAL BEATS DJERE

Spanish second seed Rafa Nadal crushed Serbia’s Laslo Djere 6-3 6-4 6-1 to arrive at the second round. The world number two will confront the victor of two qualifiers — American Michael Mmoh or Viktor Troicki — for a spot in the third round.

MEDVEDEV Travels PAST POSPISIL

Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev progressed to the second round with a 6-2 6-2 6-4 triumph over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil. It was the world number four’s fifteenth back to back win.

KENIN’S TITLE Guard Fully operational

Sofia Kenin launched her title safeguard with a 7-5 6-4 success over Australian trump card Maddison Inglis. Kenin will meet either Kaia Kanepi or Anastasija Sevastova in the following round.

MUGURUZA Walks INTO SECOND ROUND

Garbine Muguruza’s offered for a first Australian Open title started with a blast as she destroyed Russian fortunate failure Margarita Gasparyan 6-4 6-0 in the initial match at Margaret Court.

Twice Amazing Hammer champion Muguruza arrived at the last a year ago however lost to astound bundle Kenin.

SVITOLINA SETS UP GAUFF Conflict

Elina Svitolina won a second set tiebreak to crush past Czech Marie Bouzkova 6-3 7-6(5). Ukrainian Svitolina, the fifth seed, will confront Coco Gauff in the second round after the American beat Jil Teichmann of Switzerland 6-3 6-2.

BENCIC THROUGH IN THREE SETS

Swiss eleventh seed Belinda Bencic struggled past American Lauren Davis 6-3 4 6-1 to arrive at the second round. Bencic struck eight pros and 36 victors however has a lot of opportunity to get better, making 47 unforced blunders.

Bencic will next face Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova.

AZARENKA MAKES EARLY EXIT

Victoria Azarenka, the twelfth seed, was unloaded out in the first round subsequent to being beaten 7-5 6-4 by American principle draw debutant Jessica Pegula.

Azarenka, who made 25 unforced blunders and seven twofold blames, required a clinical break halfway during that time set in the wake of seeming to experience difficulty relaxing.

BAUTISTA AGUT Smashed OUT

Moldova’s Radu Albot, positioned 85, took out Spanish twelfth seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the opening round with a 6-7(1) 6-0 6-4 7-6(5) win.

DE MINAUR WINS IN STRAIGHT SETS

Australian 21st seed Alex de Minaur traveled to the second round with a 7-5 6-1 6-1 success over American Tennys Sandgren.

GOFFIN Took OUT BY Nearby Trump card

Belgian thirteenth seed David Goffin smashed out in the opening round after a 6-3 4-6 7-6(4) 6-7(6) 3-6 misfortune to Australian trump card Alexei Popyrin.

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