Victoria Azarenka, the 12th seed, was dumped out in the first round after being beaten 7-5 6-4 by American main draw debutant Jessica Pegula. Azarenka needed a medical timeout midway through the second set after appearing to have trouble breathing. “…the biggest impact for me personally has been not being able to have fresh air. That really took a toll,” said Victoria Azarenka on preparing for a event while in quarantine.
Russia’s ATP Cup-winning teammates were on a roll. Fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev extended his winning streak to 15 matches with a 6-2 6-2 6-4 win over Vasek Pospisil and seventh-seeded Andrey Rublev beat Yannick Hanfmann 6-3 6-3 6-4.
Nagal blown away
India’s Sumit Nagal exited the Australian Open with a first-round defeat, struggling to cope with the power-packed game of Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis. Berankis’ powerful ground strokes proved to be too good for the Indian, who lost 6-2 7-5 6-3 in two hours and 10 minutes.
Konta retires hurt
Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan advanced after world number 15 Johanna Konta retired hurt with an abdominal strain in the second set. The Briton was leading 6-4 0-2.
Tsitsipas beats Simon
Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat France’s Gilles Simon 6-1 6-2 6-1 to reach the second round.
Sherif makes history
Qualifier Mayar Sherif became the first Egyptian woman to win a main draw match at a Grand Slam with a 7-5 7-5 win over French qualifier Chloe Paquet.
Pliskova storms through
Czech sixth seed and 2019 semifinalist Karolina Pliskova made short work of Italy’s Jasmine Paolini, winning 6-0 6-2 in just 47 minutes.
Men: Matteo Berrettini bt Kevin Anderson 7-6(9) 7-5 6-3; Fabio Fognini bt Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4 6-2 6-3; Radu Albot bt Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7(1) 6-0 6-4 7-6(5); Alexei Popyrin bt David Goffin 6-3 4-6 7-6(4) 6-7(6) 3-6
Women: Olga Danilovic bt Petra Martic 7-5 3-6 6-4; Elina Svitolina bt Marie Bouzkova 6-3 7-6(5); Coco Gauff bt Jil Teichmann 6-3 6-2; Belinda Bencic bt Lauren Davis 6-3 4-6 6-1