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Top seeds power through Day 2 of Australian Open

Top seeds power through Day 2 of Australian Open Top seeds power through Day 2 of Australian Open
Patty Aguilar | 19 January, 2018, 12:51

"I think what's good is that all the players are talking to one another", Federer added.

The topic of prize money has hit the headlines at the season's opening Grand Slam in Melbourne after media reports said Novak Djokovic, president of the ATP player council, proposed to form a separate player's union during annual players' meeting last Friday on the eve of the tournament.

In the women's matches, top seeds Simona Halep, Karolína Pliskova, Johanna Konta, Caroline Garcia, Garbine Muguruza and Kristina Mladenovic advanced to the second round, along with local favourite Ashleigh Barty, who battled back from a set down against Belarusian power hitter, Aryna Sabalenka.

Sevastova beat Sharapova in last year's US Open fourth round, in what was the latter's comeback Grand Slam following a 15-month doping ban.

The 2008 Melbourne Park champion, now ranked 48, beat Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-1, 6-4 in her first Melbourne match in two years.

Novak Djokovic enjoyed a dream return as he hammered Donald Young 6-1 6-2 6-4.

Sharapova, back in the top 50 after a 15-month ban for taking the performance-enhancing substance meldonium in Australia in 2016, demonstrated all the shot-making that made her a five-time major victor. It extended her streak to 10 consecutive wins, including the Sydney International title last week - her first title since the 2016 US Open.

"I played flawless tennis in the first couple of sets and Donald came back in the third set". "I thought, it is going to be a big challenge for both of us". "I played flawless tennis, like I never stopped".

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Canada's Milos Raonic was the surprise exit of the day after he was beaten by Slovakia's Lukas Lacko.

The Argentine and the Russian met for the first time in Auckland two weeks ago, and Delpo emerged a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victor.

American Madison Keys also reached the upcoming round after getting rid of Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-0, 6-1 in just 41 minutes.

Sydney-born Konta, a quarter-finalist a year ago, was no match for American, who is only in the main draw after a player pulled out before the Grand Slam began, as she fell 6-4, 7-5. She was defeated by Angelique Kerber in the semifinals in 2016 and lost to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals previous year.

"It's always really cool to go up against the best in the world", Bouchard said, per the Associated Press.

After returning in New York, Sharapova is confident she's prepared again for a major. "But it felt pretty routine today".

"Look, I've got shivers", said Sharapova, pointing to her arm when asked on court how much being back in Melbourne meant to her.

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