Last Updated: January 17, 2023, 13:32 IST
Aryna Sabalenka prolonged her stellar season begin, beating Tereza Martincova, whereas Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia stormed previous Katherine Sebov of Canada to attain the ladies’s singles second spherical of the Australian Open on Tuesday.
Sabalenka defeated the 74th-ranked Czech participant Martincova in straight units 6-1, 6-Four in simply 1 hour and 9 minutes.
Garcia edged Canadian qualifier Katherine Sebov, who was making her Grand Slam main-draw debut, 6-3, 6-Zero right here at Rod Laver Arena.
The 24-year-old Sabalenka, who received her 11th profession title on the Adelaide International 1 final week, has began the yr with a 5-Zero report for the third time within the final 5 seasons.
She has additionally received her final 10 Grand Slam first-round matches.
Sabalenka’s typical energy sport was bolstered by supreme steeliness when down break factors — she saved all 5 she confronted.
She had to fend off 4 of these at 1-1 within the first set. Thereafter, she raced via the remainder of the opener with out the lack of a sport.
An identical state of affairs occurred at 1-Zero within the second set, when she fired a rally forehand cross down the road out of nowhere to save Martincova’s closing break level.
Sabalenka went on to maintain, then instantly claimed the decisive break for a 2-1 lead en route to the excellent victory.
On the opposite hand, World No.190 Sebov, caught with Garcia for the primary seven video games earlier than the French participant unleashed a forehand winner to break for 5-3.
Garcia slammed two straight aces to finish the primary set earlier than being principally untroubled within the second set.
After their win within the opener, Sabalenka and Garcia will face difficult second-round matches, with the Frenchwoman enjoying 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez and Sabalenka assembly upset specialist American Shelby Rogers.
If Sabalenka defeats Rogers, she may doubtlessly face her long-time former doubles associate Elise Mertens within the third spherical.
In different motion on the Margaret Court Arena, former World No.1 Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic breezed via a 6-1, 6-Three win over China’s Wang Xiyu.
It was Pliskova’s first main-draw win of 2023, and her 23rd main-draw win on the Australian Open in her profession. She final misplaced within the first spherical at Melbourne Park in her 2013 debut.
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