Australian Open: Rafael Nadal, Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka cruise to second round
In Australian Open Tennis, top seeds Ashleigh Barty, B. Krejcikova, Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev have advanced to the second round.
In Women’s singles, No.1 seed Ashleigh Barty’s quest for a first Australian Open title got off to a near-flawless start with a 6-0, 6-1 rout of qualifier Lesia Tsurenko in only 54 minutes. Naomi Osaka, the defending champion, returned to grand slam competition early in the day by defeating Camila Osorio 6-3, 6-3.
Fourth seed Barbora Krejcikova started her pursuit of a second Grand Slam singles title on the right note, easing past Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-2 6-0 in just 62 minutes.
In Men’s Singles, Sixth seed Nadal began his bid for a men’s record 21st Grand Slam title with victory over American Marcos Giron in the first round 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. World number three Alexander Zverev of Germany defeated compatriot D. Altmaier 7-6, 6-1, 7-6 to successfully launch his campaign for a first Grand Slam title at Australian Open.
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