Sharapova cranks up title charge on day four

2018 Australian Open first round preview Tatjana Maria vs Maria Sharapova

Sharapova beat Sevastova (Picture: AP) Will Kerber meet Sharapova next?

"There was a lot of firsts again for me, playing the first tournament, first Grand Slam, and just different feelings and what it would be routinely".

The Russian is making her first appearance at the Australian Open since 2016 and came through unscathed against Maria Tatjana in the opening round.

That was her only hold though as Sharapova won the next five games to take the first set 6-1. She celebrated by twirling, waving and blowing kisses to the crowd.

Watch for all three to take the court on Day 4 at the Australian Open.

"I don't really have a position (on the subject) because that was the first time it was mentioned", he said.

It is her most successful Grand Slam, but after an injury-marred lead-up to the tournament she fell, 6-4, 7-5, to the 123rd-ranked Pera, who is playing her first Australian Open.

It has also been claimed the idea of a boycott of next year's Australian Open was mooted if the players' demands were not met.

Djokovic, who is president of the ATP Player Council, didn't specify what issues were raised at the meeting, but said media reports stating that he proposed forming a tennis players' union to push for a greater share of revenue generated by tournaments were exaggerated or largely incorrect.

The five-time major victor got vocal support from fans during and after her opening match.

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Kerber, the 2016 champion, had a 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic before the Margaret Court Arena crowd sang "Happy Birthday" to celebrate her 30th birthday.

Addressing a press conference after the 6-1 6-2 6-4 victory over Donald Young that marked his return to grand slam action, Djokovic said: "I saw that some of you have written a story that has been a little bit exaggerated".

Stan Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the Australian Open. "I love coming here". "I played ideal tennis, like I never stopped".

She could potentially face third seed Garbine Muguruza next, who is still struggling with a right thigh problem and tests it against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei.

Among men through to the third round was Spain's 21st seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who swept past American Tim Smyczek in straight sets. No. 8 Jack Sock and No. 16 John Isner went out in the first round.

Madison Keys reversed a trend, becoming the only one of the four American women who contested the U.S. Open semifinals four months ago to reach the second round in Australia.

The first-round upsets included Venus Williams, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens and CoCo Vandeweghe, a semifinalist here and at the U.S. Open previous year.

The Frenchwoman, who had a breakout year in 2017, winning two titles, eventually got over the line 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 8-6 in nearly two-and-a-half hours.

Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta lost in straight sets to USA lucky loser Bernarda Pera, who is ranked No. 123-ranked and making her Grand Slam debut. The US women had three wins and 14 losses in round one.

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