HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day three | Sports games

Highlights from day three of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, all local times (GMT +11): 2140 SAKKARI CRUISES PAST ZHANG

Fifth seed Maria Sakkari made light work of China’s Zheng Qinwen, earning a 6-1 6-4 victory to set up a meeting with Veronika Kudermetova in the third round. 2025 OSAKA DOWNS BRENGLE

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2000 KREJCIKOVA CRUSH WANG French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova continued her charge at Melbourne Park with a routine 6-2 6-3 win over China’s Wang Xiyu. Next up for the Czech is Latvian 26th seed Jelena Ostapenko.

2005 MANNARINO ELIMINATES HURKACZ Unseeded Adrian Mannarino caused an upset as he passed 10th seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-4 6-2 6-3 on John Cain Arena.

1840 BENCIC ESCAPES Amanda Anisimova stunned Olympic champion Belinda Bencic to advance to the third round with a clinical 6-2 7-5 win. Anisimova, who won in Adelaide earlier this month, will face defending champion Naomi Osaka.

1805 SHAPOVALOV SURVIVING KWON SCARE Denis Shapovalov came back from the brink to oust Kwon Soon-woo 7-6(6) 6-7(3) 6-7(6) 7-5 6-2 in a 4-1/ 2 absorbing hour contest on the Margaret Court Arena. The Canadian world number 14 will face 23rd seed Reilly Opelka in the third round.

“(I) knew it was going to be tough… But I did a good job flipping the script, kept fighting and, yeah, really happy to be out of it,” Shapovalov said. 1740 BERRETTINI SEES KOZLOV

Seventh seed Matteo Berrettini overcame a slight hiccup in the second set to advance to the third round with a 6-1 4-6 6-4 6-1 win over American Stefan Kozlov. The Italian will next face 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, who became the youngest man to reach the third round at Melbourne Park since Bernard Tomic in 2011 after a 6-2 6-1 7-5 thrashing of Dusan Lajovic.

1644 DOMINANT NADAL PASSES HANFMANN Rafa Nadal continued his quest for a 21st Grand Slam title with a 6-2 6-3 6-4 win over German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann, finishing with a searing forehand. Next up for the sixth seed is Karen Khachanov.

1540 SVITOLINA DELIGHTED TO HAVE MONFILS BY HER SIDE Elina Svitolina, who married fellow professional Gael Monfils last year, said she was lucky to have found a partner who understands the demands of high-level tennis.

“It’s important to have someone who understands what I’m going through… It can get complicated sometimes. The mental part is very important,” Svitolina said. “For me, having Gaël by my side at the same big events is lucky in our situation that we are both at the top of our sport, so we go through pretty much the same tournaments.”

1445 KEYS GOES THROUGH THIRD ROUND Former US Open finalist Madison Keys fended off a late comeback attempt by Jaqueline Cristian to beat the Romanian 6-2 7-5. The Adelaide champion has won seven consecutive matches and will next meet Wang Qiang.

1402 BADOSA DELIGHTED WITH SPOTLIGHT ON CENTER COURT Eighth seed Paula Badosa says playing at Rod Laver Arena after a breakthrough in 2021 in which she tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Australian Open takes felt special. “I’m really proud of myself…a year ago I was locked in a room,” Badosa said after beating Martina Trevisan. “Being here and playing on center court, because of me, not because I’m playing against a seed, because now I’m the seed, I’m happy.”

1337 BARTY TOO GOOD FOR BRONZETTI Top seed Ash Barty used her powerful forehand and delicate slices to devastating effect in a 6-1 6-1 win over Grand Slam debutant Lucia Bronzetti in 52 minutes.

Earlier, 15th seed Elina Svitolina advanced when Harmony Tan pulled out of her match with a knee problem and left the court in a wheelchair. Tan was down 6-3 5-7 5-1 when she got injured. Camila Giorgi reached the third round in Melbourne for the fourth time with a 6-2 7-6(2) win over Tereza Martincova.

1230 AZARENKA, BADOSA THROUGH THIRD ROUND Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka and Spain’s eighth seed Paula Badosa were the first players to advance to the third round at Melbourne Park.

Azarenka, the 2012 and 2013 champion, sealed a 6-1 6-2 victory over Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann with a backhand winner, while Badosa cemented herself as a dark horse for the title with an equally dominant 6- 0 6-3 over Martina Trevisan. at the Rod Laver Arena. 1125 GAME IN PROGRESS ON DAY THREE

Play at Melbourne Park started on all courts as scheduled on day three of the first Grand Slam of the year. A hot day is expected for the second-round matches with the temperature already at 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit) with a high of 28 expected.

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