Australian Open Day 3: Djokovic, Radwanska win; No. 6 Kvitova out
Catch up on all of the action, news and results from Day 3 at the 2016 Australian Open on Wednesday that you may have missed while you were sleeping.
Top seeds sweep the day session on RLA
The favorites had no trouble with their lesser-ranked opponents on Melbourne Park’s main court on Wednesday, as No. 5-seed Maria Sharapova started the day with a 6–2, 6–1 win over Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich to notch her 50th career Australian Open victory. In the next match, No. 1-seed Serena Williams dominated against Su-Wei Hsieh, winning 6–1, 6–2 in 60 minutes. Serena hit 26 winners and seven aces on the match. No. 3-seed Roger Federer closed out the day session with a commanding 6–3, 7–5, 6–1 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov for his 299th Grand Slam victory. Wednesday’s win put Federer into the third round at the Australian Open 16th-straight time and after the match, he was asked how long he sees himself competing at this high level.
“Don't know. Time will tell,” he said. “I think a lot of retired players could still be at this level, too. They just choose not to do it anymore. So it's all in the mind, the body, family, traveling, so many things that are a part of this whole thing.
“I hope to keep it up as long as I choose to play tennis. It's the least I expect to be in the third round of a slam, obviously, so I'm pumped up, playing well, feeling good. But there's always a danger, you know. Like last year the third round was the end for me, so I hope to go further this time.”
In the third round Federer will play Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Marco Trungelliti 6–3, 4–6, 6–2, 7–5 on Wednesday.
Djokovic has no trouble but No. 6-seed Kvitova falls
No. 1 Novak Djokovic continued his dominance in Melbourne, beating French wildcard Quentin Halys 6–1, 6–2, 7–6 (3). Halys put up a good fight but Djokovic calmly closed out the match in the third set tiebreak.
After notching three Top 10 wins in 2015, Daria Gavrilova once again pulled off an upset, beating No. 6 Petra Kvitova 6–4, 6–4 on Wednesday. With the home crowd on Margaret Court behind her, the Aussie won the last four of five games in the first set and then overpowered the Czech to take the second set. She'll play Kristina Mladenovic in the next round.
Berdych, Nishikori, Kyrgios move into R3
Tomas Berdych eased into the third round, defeating Mirza Basic 6–4, 6–0, 6–3 to set up a clash with Aussie Nick Kyrgios. The 29th-seeded Kyrgios appeared to have an issue with an injury on Wednesday night, but was able to defeat Pablo Cuevas 6–4, 7–5, 7–6 (2).
Kei Nishikori continued to cruise through his matches in Melbourne with a comfortable 6–3, 7–6, 6–3 win over American Austin Krajicek on Margaret Court on Wednesday. He’ll play Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who beat Daniel Brands 4–6, 6–1, 7–6, 6–3.
Veteran Bondarenko, teens Bencic and Kastakina advance
Kateryna Bondarenko took down No. 23-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–1, 7–5 on Wednesday. Ranked No. 92, Bondarenko returned to the tour in 2014 after having a child and had failed to get through qualifying at four majors before making the main draw at last year's U.S. Open. The 29-year-old Ukrainian is now enjoying a solid run in Melbourne.
18-year-old Daria Kasatkina followed up her win over No. 27-seed Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the first round by beating fellow teenager Ana Konjuh 6–4, 6–3 on Wednesday. Belinda Bencic also beat Timea Babos 6–3, 6–3 to advance to the third round, her best result in Melbourne.
No. 4 Radwanska passes test against Bouchard
It wasn’t meant to be for Eugenie Bouchard on Wednesday night against Agnieszka Radwanska, who continued her fine form and extended her undefeated record in 2016. Bouchard hit 25 winners to Radwanska’s nine but also had 37 unforced errors to the Radwanska’s 12. The Pole also won 66 total points on the match to Bouchard’s 53.
I was prepared for that match 100%. I knew it wasn't going to be easy," Radwanska said after the match. "She had good start of the year, as well, playing couple good matches. I knew I would have to play good tennis today....I was really serving good. I was focusing on that. That helped, as well."
Radwanska’s consistency and court coverage proved to be the difference in the match, though the Canadian’s performance was promising. With the loss, Bouchard is projected to drop out of the top 50 for the first time since Sept. 2013.
More notable results: Davis d. Rybarikova, retired; Roberta Vinci d. Falconi, 6–2, 6–3; Thiem d. Almagro 6–3, 6–1, 6–3; Suarez Navarro d. Sakkari 6–7, 6–2, 6–2; Cilic d. Ramos 6–4, 6–3, 7–6; Putintseva d. Han 6–3, 6–1; Mladenovic d. Gibbs 6–1, 7–6; Kulichkova d. Niculescu 6–4, 2–6, 6–4
Puig d. Kr. Pliskova 4–6, 7–6, 9–7: Despite breaking a WTA record, Kristyna Pliskova was unable to finish off the match again Monica Puig in the final set.