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Kei, Serena, Wawrinka scrape through

Kei, Serena, Wawrinka scrape through
Kei was far from his best against Croatia’s Ivan Dodig whom he beat 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7-0). who took the first set and only narrowly missed the second.

World no.1, Novak Djokovic had no problems, however, mercilessly bulldozing Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-0, 6-1, 6-4. The highest ever ranked player from Asia will next play the American Steve Johnson, who knocked out 30th seed Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Five-time champion Serena Williams was forced to save three set points before she took the first set and ran away with the match to progress with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Vera Zvonareva. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka faced a 242 km/hr serve from Marius Copil and struggled to get a racquet on those marginally slower. Wawrinka, however, prevailed in each of the match’s two tie-breaks before breaking the fast, if sporadic, serve of Copil to win 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

Bopanna advances, Bhupathi ousted

Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor were tested before making it to the second round even as Mahesh Bhupathi and his partner Jurgen Melzer crashed out of men’s doubles event of the Australian Open on Thursday. Bopanna and Canada’s Nestor, seeded seventh, fought off a spirited challenge from Marcos Baghdatis and Marinko Matosevic 7-6(2), 7-5 in their opening round in one hour and 46 minutes.

They will next take on Spaniard Feliciano Lopez and Belarusian Max Mirnyi, who got the better of Australia’s James Duckworth and Luke Saville 7-6(1), 6-7(5), 6-2 in their first round match. Bhupathi and Melzer went down 4-6, 3-6 to Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman and Horacio Zeballos.
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