MELBOURNE, Australia — Here are the latest Women’s Singles results from the 2018 Australian Open second round matches on Wednesday, Jan. 17.
The Australian Open is the first grand slam tournament of the year and there are several players capable of winning this title, which could also determine a new world No. 1.
Top seeds continue to progress through the tournament with the likes of second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, No. 4 Elina Svitolina and No. 7 Jelena Ostapenko leading the way.
Wozniacki saved two match points when she rallied from 5-1 down in the decisive set to beat Croatian Jana Fett 3-6 6-2 7-5 and advanced to the third round of the Australian Open for the second successive season on Wednesday.
The Denmark star who is in her 12th Australian Open campaign, breathe a sigh of relief when finally getting past the 21-year-old Melbourne Park first-timer.
“I was thinking at that point she still has to win four more balls to win this match, and don’t make it easy for her,” Wozniacki said.
“At 5-1, 40-15, I felt like I was one foot out of the tournament. She served a great serve down the T, as well. It was just slightly out. I was kind of lucky.
“Then I felt her tighten up just slightly. I thought to myself, ‘You know what, at this point, make her win it, don’t give it to her’.”
Fourth-seeded Svitolina also moved into the Australian Open third round for the second season in a row after recovering from a shaky start to prevail 4-6 6-2 6-1 over Katerina Siniakova on a very hot Rod Laver Arena.
“I thought I’m gonna melt today,’’ Svitolina said. “It wasn’t easy, and I was struggling today. Hopefully I can recover. Can’t wait for ice bath.”
Siniakova faced some troubling times during the opening period of the contest, but managed to withstand Siniakova’s powerful hitting.
The 23-year-old from Ukraine added: “I thought she was playing great first set. I gave her just one break… It was my kind-of mistake, so hopefully next round I will be more focused.’’
“I’m relieved that I won today. In the end it doesn’t give me the opportunity to play well. I played good tennis in the first match, so you never know. It’s a new day,” she said.
Also advancing to the third round of the tournament was seventh-seeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia who beat fellow big-hitter Ying-Ying Duan 6-3 3-6 6-4 in second-round.
It’s the second successive Ostapenko, who won the French Open last year, was advancing to the third round of the Australian Open.
Meanwhile, Russian 15th seed, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, was knocked out of the 2018 Australian Open by world number 94 Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine in a 6-2 6-3 second round upset on Hisense Arena.
Also leaving the tournament in the second round was No. 12 seed Julia Goerges of Germany, following her 6-4, 6-3 defeat to Alize Cornet of France.
2018 Australian Open Second Round Results
Wednesday, Jan. 17
2-Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark, def. Jana Fett, Croatia, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.
4-Elina Svitolina, Ukraine, def. Katerina Siniakova, Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
7-Jelena Ostapenko, Latvia, def. Ying-Ying Duan, China, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Alize Cornet, France, def. 12-Julia Goerges, Germany, 6-4, 6-3.
Katerina Bondarenko, Ukraine, def. 15-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia, 6-2, 6-3.
19-Magdalena Rybarikova (19), Slovakia, def. Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2.
Magda Linette, Poland, def. 22-Daria Kasatkina, Russia, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
30-Kiki Bertens, Netherlands, def. Nicole Gibbs, United States, 7-6 (3), 6-0.
32-Anett Kontaveit, Estonia, def. Mona Barthel, Germany, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Luksika Kumkhum, Thailand, def. Belinda Bencic, Switzerland, 6-1, 6-3.
Petra Martic, Croatia, def. Irina Begu, Romania, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
Denisa Allertova, Czech Republic, def. Shuai Zhang, China, 6-4, 7-6 (5).
Marta Kostyuk, Ukraine, def. Olivia Rogowska, Australia, 6-3, 7-5.
Kaia Kanepi, Estonia, def. Monica Puig, Puerto Rico, 6-4, 6-3.