Highlights: Australian Open day two

Ross Houston
January 18, 2018

Carina Witthoeft, who faces No.8 seed Caroline Garcia today, is 0-8 against Top 10 opposition in her career, with only two sets won in those matches, and 0-2 against Garcia.

The 2014 Australian Open champion spent eight weeks on crutches following his surgery, and pulled out of an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi two weeks before the Australian Open.

Halep moves on to a third round encounter with American world number 76 Lauren Davies, happy to have avoided the early exits that befell her on her last two visits to Melbourne and with her tenuous grip on the number one ranking still holding. "But I need to take what I can to be positive with everything, with the big picture". Last year, the 20-year-old who is predicted to be a future Grand Slam victor lost to eventual runner-up Rafael Nadal in five sets.

Defending champion Federer beating Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in a night match, his first on Rod Laver Arena since clinching a career-reviving title here past year.

Halep is widely considered to be the favourite for the Australian Open.

In the second set Halep rolled her left ankle dramatically, screaming in pain. Halep, eyeing an elusive first grand-slam success, was broken twice in her first three service games of a unusual first set, but was too good for the former world number five. "I love Australia. I love the summertime", she said after the win.

Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Destanee Aiava that took 20 games to decide.

Players at the Australian Open are finalizing preparations for the year's first major despite some uncharacteristic rain over the last few days.

Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei ousted reigning Wimbledon champion and third seed Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (1) 6-4 in the second round.

U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys opened with four straight aces and won the first 11 games in a 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 92-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova.

"She's going to be good in the future".

Sharapova, still working her way back from a 15-month ban for taking the performance-enhancing substance meldonium in Australia in 2016, showed glimpses of the tennis that made her a five-time major victor.

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova kept her hopes of lifting a maiden grand slam titles alive with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Paraguayan Veronica Cepede Royg in the first round.

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic, however, complained about the brutal conditions during his second-round win over Gael Monfils, when the temperature peaked at 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

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