Sharapova loses, Nadal advances at the Australian Open

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After a 6: 3: 6: 4 loss to Donna Vekic (19th) at the Australian Open on Tuesday, the former No. 1 Maria Sharapova has now completed three exits in the first round at Grand Slam events.

The best-placed Rafael Nadal had no problems in the Rod Laver Arena and prevailed against Hugo Dellien 6: 2, 6: 3 and 6: 0. "A positive start," said Nadal. "What you want in the first round is to win straight sets."

Only one of Nadal's 19 Grand Slam titles was a guest at the Australian Open – in 2009 he lost last year's final against Novak Djokovic. He strives for it and wins next week to equate Roger Federer's male record of 20 major titles.

Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov were among the other senior men to advance to the second round.

Sharapova, a five-time big winner, entered the main draw at Melbourne Park with a joker card given by the organizers, supported by the fact that she won the title in 2008.

The 32-year-old Russian had a number of injuries to his right shoulder and was serving a 15-month ban on a positive doping test for melodium. Since returning from the suspension, the quarter-finals at the French Open 2018 have been their best performance with a major.

"I mean, I think I'm not the only one. I can talk about my fights and the things I've been through with my shoulder, but it's not really my character," said Sharapova.

Rafael Nadal

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The second Karolina Pliskova defeated Kristina Mladenovic 6: 1, 7: 5, the sixth Belinda Bencic 6: 3, 7: 5 against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and the 10th Madison Keys defeated Daria Kasatkina 6: 1.

Johanna Konta, a semi-finalist of the Australian Open 2016, lost her game in the first round against Ons Jabeur 6: 4: 6: 2. It was only her second game since she had a tendinitis in the right in the quarter-finals of the US Open last year Knee lost.

The twelfth Konta lost in the first round at Brisbane International and then withdrew from Adelaide International to heal their injury. Even before going to Australia, British number 1 told officials it wasn't going to play a Fed Cup this year.

Konta had always reached at least the second round in four previous appearances in the main draw.

"I think ultimately the most important thing was to play again, and I am," she said. "And how I felt physically is obviously a massive tick to me compared to where I was last September. Before Brisbane." I was on the road for almost four and a half months. So it was quite a bit of time, not far from achieving a protected ranking. "

After the pouring rain hit Melbourne Park on the first day, the organizers had to postpone dozens of games to Tuesday.

18-year-old Jannik Sinner prevailed against Australian qualifier Max Purcell with 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-4 and 2018 Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic defeated Corentin with 6-2 Moutet with 6-3 through 6-4.

Fabio Fognini lost the first two sets to Reilly Opelka on Monday, but won 3: 6, 6: 7 (3), 6: 4, 6: 3, 7: 6 (5) on Tuesday, including the 10-point Draw in the last sentence. Milos Raonic returned after two games and finished Lorenzo Giustino 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.

Sinner, the next-generation ATP final winner, only had to win two games on Day 2 to score his first match win at a Grand Slam event.

"I was in the points so it was a little easier for me," said Sinner about the suspension. “Obviously I wanted to finish yesterday. We waited until 8pm here, so it was a long day yesterday for me, for every player. "

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