Birthday girl Kerber sets up Sharapova clash

Jan 18, 2018, 13:55
Birthday girl Kerber sets up Sharapova clash

Defending champion Roger Federer admits he's keeping a close eye on Novak Djokovic as the Serbian attempts to emulate the Swiss' incredible 2017 Australian Open comeback.

Two of them will meet in the third round.

Next up could be in-form 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber, who plays Donna Vekic later and is starting to show glimpses of her best again after a miserable a year ago. The Russian will now face the victor of Angelique Kerber and Donna Vekic in what will be an attractive third-round encounter, regardless of whoever the opponent will be. It was her 11th win, including the Sydney International title last week.

"It's a testament to how many great first- and second-round matches we have", Konta said of the early upsets.

Top-seeded Simona Halep overcame an injured left ankle to beat Australian wildcard entry Destanee Aiava 7-6 (5), 6-1 while Stan Wawrinka battled past Ricardas Berankis in the first round of the Australian Open.

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"I felt like I have got a lot of things out of the way physically and emotionally and mentally a year ago with - there was a lot of firsts again for me, playing the first tournament, first grand slam, and just different feelings and what it would be routinely. I was watching this tournament with a box of Kleenex next to me sick (last year)", said Sharapova, who next faces 2016 champion Angelique Kerber or Donna Vekic. Yet another break handed Djokovic the chance to serve for the set and despite Young finally mustering a break back of his own, Djokovic took the set in routine fashion. Both matches went the distance and were up their for match of the tournament.

It's supposed to be even hotter on Friday, with a forecast high of 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit).

The 2016 Australian Open victor beat fellow German Friedsam 6-0, 6-4 to win her tenth match in a row this season.

"I've been putting in a lot of hours on the court in the last couple of weeks and I played a lot of practice sets".

"I felt like I have got a lot of things out of the way physically and emotionally and mentally previous year with. there was a lot of firsts again for me, playing the first tournament, first Grand Slam, and just different feelings and what it would be routinely", she said.

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British number one Johanna Konta was in dominant form in the opening match on Hisense Arena, hitting 37 winners and eight aces to dispatch Madison Brengle 6-3 6-1. In contrast, Struff has failed to get further than the second round ever, at any Grand Slam.

"I made a choice by coming back and by playing again", she said. A forehand cross-court victor set up the break point, and a backhand victor put her a game away from victory.

Sharapova served the suspension for taking controversial medication meldonium during the 2016 Australian Open.

Pera lost in the final round of qualifying and got into the tournament when Margarita Gasparyan withdrew because of a shoulder injury. "I played ideal tennis, like I never stopped". "I was checking the tickets to fly back". I'm very happy with the second serve. The two met just once in 2017, where Djokovic won in straight sets.

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