Febrero 20, 2018

Maria Sharapova eases by Anastasija Sevastova — Australian Open

19 Enero 2018, 02:38 | Fidele Alvizo

Maria Sharapova has arrived a week early to adapt to the conditions at the Happy Slam

Maria Sharapova has arrived a week early to adapt to the conditions at the Happy Slam

She led the Women's Tennis Association Tour in prize money last year ahead of Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep, who ended the year at No. 1.

Both players hung iced towels around their necks at changeovers and Monfils, who leant on his racket at times, seemingly to remain standing, needed the doctor, telling the umpire that he was dizzy and feeling sick.

"Last year is last year". He beat me in a three-set battle.

"It wasn't ideal, but it was still good".

"I wanted to be here".

"I've seen him play a lot".

Sharapova started strong and appeared to have a sound game plan against the 27-year-old. No energy at all in his legs to try and serve. "I don't know what is going on". "He played an entertaining style tennis", he said of Tsonga.

Most players looked uncomfortable, but Frenchman Gael Monfils battled the most.

"I was a bit scared", Federer joked. He signed it every day. I know what I'm capable of. "I didn't miss one of his practice sessions, so..."

It forced the Russian, who won the Melbourne Park title in 2008, to fight back against the world number 15 and force a tie-break.

Dimitrov has never lost to a qualifier in seven matches at a Grand Slam tournament, and he has dropped only one set. And tennis fans bought her word over an IFT document that countered her denial. He said: "Good luck to them".

"Yeah, getting older. I was waking up this morning, I say, 'OK, the '2' is gone right no, '" she said with a smile. "So I feel like I transported myself into the TV this year and I'm finding myself on Rod Laver Arena competing". He stopped doing it. "I mean, we both struggled". I maybe could have done things better but, at the end, she deserves to win. "It was a strange atmosphere".

Roberto Bautista Agut was another seeded casualty, losing in straight sets to Fernando Verdasco. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic "The Courts of Babylon" and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), "A Champion's Mind".

And that's something that none of those left in the Australian Open field will look forward to.

At one stage in the second set, Monfils and Djokovic were so eager to get off court for a break, they were happy for a Djokovic fault to be called an ace.

Maria Sharapova continued her Australian Open march, beating Latvia's 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets to reach the third round.

"I think I had a small heat stroke for 40 minutes".

Milos Raonic's struggles continued after the 2016 Wimbledon finalist was beaten in four sets by Lukas Lacko. The biggest upsets of the day were Roberto Bautista Agut's loss to Fernando Verdasco for the men and Petra Kvitova's loss to Andrea Petkovic.

Anyway, we shall soon find out.

The crowd of 38,072 was down about 10,000 people on the two previous day-time totals.

"Like today. He's got the fire in the arms", said Tsonga.

"Second serve was very, very good".

"The conditions were brutal, that's for sure", Djokovic told a media conference. I'm still fit. I am still enjoying my tennis. "I survive. I will play after tomorrow I hope in different conditions".

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