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Barty's terrifying 54-minute warning, Millmania as a local trio enters R2: Aus Open wrap

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Wimbledon fraction Ajla Tomljanovic was unable to top off a good night session for the locals on day one of the Australian Open.

Tomljanovic was defeated in straight sets by rising Spanish talent Paula Badosa, who appeared to break the Australian's serve at will on way to a 6-4 6-0 victory.

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Barty's terrifying 54-minute warning, Millmania as a local trio enters R2: Aus Open wrap
Badosa, a big-serving 24-year-old who is presently ranked sixth in the world, reached the quarterfinals of Roland Garros last year but has never progressed past the second round of a hard court Slam.

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It was Badosa's second straight win over Tomljanovic in a week, following a 6-3 6-4 victory in Sydney.

Badosa will compete in an Italian qualifying. After adjacent seeds Sofia Kenin (11) and Coco Gauff (18) were knocked out earlier on Monday, Martina Trevisan in the second round is a heavy favorite to get out of her section and into the quarter-finals.


It wasn't quite another record double bagel, but it was still complete dominance from the world champion.

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Ash Barty advanced to the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko.

Barty nearly matched her double bagel of Danka Kovinic from the first round of the Open last year, but after leading 6-0 5-0 and holding two set chances, she let Tsurenko retain service.

Still, the Australian demonstrated her dominance by winning in only 54 minutes, and she is on course to play reigning champion Naomi Osaka in the fourth round.

It was true that there was no place like home, which made sense considering her red sneakers.

In the second round, Barty will face Italian qualifier Lucia Bronzetti, followed by 30th seed Camila Giorgi.


Barty was the top seed for the third time in a row at the Australian Open, but she had previously failed to go past the quarterfinals.

At Melbourne Park, the two-time grand slam champion hopes to break Australia's 44-year wait for a women's singles title.

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Earlier in the day, Barty's possible fourth-round opponent, reigning champion Naomi Osaka, triumphed in straight sets.

Prior to Monday night's match, news that ninth seed Ons Jabeur had withdrawn from the competition, replacing her with fortunate loser Irina Bara, improved Barty's chances of making the final.

Barty might have played Jabeur in the quarterfinals, but due to seedings, she will instead face fifth seed Maria Sakkari, who also advanced during the day session.

Barty was named by all but one of ESPN's eight analysts as this year's winner of the women's singles tournament.

"Though she's in a difficult draw, if she makes it to the last eight, it'll be her championship to lose," Tom Hamilton wrote.

"She began the 2022 season with singles and doubles victories in Adelaide and appears to be in top shape to become the first Australian player to win the Australian Open title since 1978," D'Arcy Maine noted.

"I see no reason to select anyone other than Barty," Kevin Van Valkenburg said.

"Sure, there will be pressure to perform in front of her home fans, but she's healthy, and that may be the most important thing." I'd be surprised if she didn't make the final."


The world No.89, John Millman, has broken his grand slam hoodoo after the home crowd disturbed him, but he has also given 40-year-old veteran Feliciano Lopez new hope.

Millman had not won a big slam match since making the second round of the US Open in 2020.

Lopez is the second 40-year-old in the Open Era to play in the Australian Open, after Ivo Karlovich and is appearing in his 79th straight grand slam.

Millman, though, was unfazed by his expertise, cruising to a two-sets-to-love lead and capitalizing on several of his 12 break point opportunities along the way.

Lopez, behind by two sets, brought the match back to life by breaking Millman's serve in the opening game of the third set.

As Lopez heated up, he took aim at a couple of Millman supporters in the audience, accusing them of creating too much noise as he prepared to serve, prompting the umpire to intervene.

"Why, why, why?" Lopez inquired.

Lopez's performance seemed to improve along with his enthusiastic chat between points, which Dylan Alcott commended on the court.

"I have to give credit to Lopez. "I believe he's utilizing the negative part of the audience to really drive him," he remarked on Channel Nine.

"At the start of the third set, he obviously had a lot more pop on his strokes." I believe he needs to be more outspoken, not only with the audience but also with his box... Lopez is still with the guy with the yellow shirt.

"As a player, there are times when you need a spark. You have no idea where it will come from."

While Millman survived two set points on his serve, Lopez needed only one more to tie the match at 1-6 3-6 6-4.

With nine aces in two games late in the fourth set, the duo fought to a tight 5-5 tie.

Then, after Millman held, Lopez served into the wind, giving the Australian two match points, which Millman converted.

In the second round, Millman will play No. 3 seed Alex Zverev.

Previously, Australian tennis fans were denied a blockbuster showdown between Thanasi Kokkinakis and Rafael Nadal in the second round, with the former succumbing to German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.

After winning his first ATP championship in Adelaide, the 25-year-old looked sluggish and error-prone from the start against German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann, never able to get into gear despite tremendous backing from the Show Court 3 audience.

Throughout the match, Kokkinakis' serve abandoned him, with the world No.103 just able to keep his first serve percentage above 50%.

This, combined with his inability to convert eight break point attempts, was exacerbated by Hanfmann's conversion, with the 30-year-old completing the bulk of his chances.

Kokkiankis saved two match points, the second by a hair's breadth, but not a third.

It was Hanfmann's first grand slam main draw singles win, and it was a cruel setback for Kokkinakis, who was strongly favored to win the match following wins over Marin Cilic, Francis Tiafoe, and John Isner in the lead-up events.

Kokkinakis was competing in his first main draw slam since the Australian Open last year, where he reached the second round.

Rafael Nadal will face the winner on Wednesday after defeating Marcos Giron in little under two hours on Rod Laver Arena.

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