01/21 22:16 CST The Latest: Wozniacki keeps her farewell tournament going
The Latest: Wozniacki keeps her farewell tournament going
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) --- The Latest on the Australian Open (all times
Caroline Wozniacki has continued her farewell tournament by overcoming a 5-1
first-set deficit and beating Dayana Yastremska 7-5, 7-5 on her sixth match
point in the second round.
Wozniacki has said she plans to retire after this Australian Open. The 2018
champion had three match points in the 10th game of the second set but
Yastremska held in a game after she'd taken a medical timeout to treat her left
Wozniacki eventually clinched it two games later with a service break, and
wiped tears from her eyes.
Former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki will next play Ons Jabeur, who beat Caroline
Garcia 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Coco Gauff has sent her second-round match with Sorana Cirstea to a third set
at the Australian Open. After Cirstea won the first set 6-4, the 15-year-old
Gauff took the second set 6-3. The winner will play defending champion Naomi
Osaka in the third round.
Earlier, Elise Martin beat Danka Kovinic 6-2, 6-0 to complete the last of the
eight first-round women's singles matches played on Day 3. They were carried
over because of heavy rainfall on Monday that caused a backlog.
Several of those hadn't been completed before some other players, including
Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova, had advanced to the third round.
The eight matches were all in the bottom half of the women's draw.
Among the first-round winners were Carla Suarez Navarro, Heather Watson' and
Taylor Townsend. No. 28 Anett Kontaveit and No. 30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
also advanced from the first round.
Top-ranked Ash Barty has advanced to the third round at Melbourne Park with a
6-1, 6-4 win over Polona Hercog.
Home favorite Barty shook off a habit of losing the first set in recent matches
to dominate early and set up a straight sets win.
In the second set, she saved three break points in the eighth game and broke
Hercog in the next. Serving for the match, Barty still had to save two break
points, one with an ace and the other with a service winner. She had another
service winner on match point.
"I was glad I was able to save a few break points there in the second set,"
Barty said. "The wind was a huge factor."
Sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas got a walkover into the third round at
Melbourne Park when his Philipp Kohlschreiber pulled out of their scheduled
match because a muscle strain.
Tsitsipas will face either Milos Raonic or Cristian Garin in the third round.
Tsitsipas has become a local favorite due to Melbourne's large Greek population.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova saved three set points in the second
set before beating Paula Badosa 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the third round.
Kvitova rallied from 0-40 down in the 10th game of the second set to hold serve
and then broke in the next game to regain control of the match.
Kvitova lost last year's final here to Naomi Osaka, who also advanced Wednesday
to the third round. French Open champion and local hope Ash Barty was next up
on Rod Laver Arena.
Defending champion Naomi Osaka overcame swirling winds on Margaret Court Arena
to beat Zheng Saisai 6-2, 6-4 and advance to the third round.
Osaka became upset with herself at times. After having her service broken in
the second set Osaka threw her racket to the ground, tossed a ball from her
hand and kicked the racket along the court. She then sat in her court-side
chair with a towel over her head. But she rallied back and clinched the match
when Zheng double-faulted on match point.
Third-seeded Osaka said the best part about winning over Zheng was how she was
able to deal with all the emotions.
"I hope you guys like the tennis that's coming after my match," third-seeded
Osaka said, "because it wasn't that pretty."
Because of suspended matches from rain on Monday, eight first-round women's
singles matches were not completed Tuesday. That meant Osaka had advanced to
the third round before some of those players had finished their first.
In other second-round matches, No. 14 Sofia Kenin beat qualifier Ann Li 6-1,
6-3. Anett Kontaveit beat wild-card entry Astra Sharma 6-0, 6-2 in a
Play is underway on Day 3 at the Australian Open with defending champion Naomi
Osaka playing Zheng Saisai in the opening match at Margaret Court Arena.
Later at Rod Laver Arena it'll be a cavalcade of Grand Slam singles winners.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is playing the first match there
against Paula Badosa, followed by French Open champion and local hope Ash
Barty's second-round match against Polona Hercog.
Closing out the action at Rod Laver will be players with a total of 59 Grand
Slam singles championships: Novak Djokovic with 16 concluding the day program
and Serena Williams (23) and Roger Federer (20) playing at night.
Temperatures were expected to reach 32 degrees Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) during
the day with the possibility of evening showers.
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