MELBOURNE, Australia, Sporting Alert – World number one Simona Halep was among the top seeds advancing to the third-round of the 2018 Australian Open on Day 4 on Thursday, Jan. 18.
The following are the latest results Women’s Singles results from the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.
Halep eased the fears over the ankle problem she sustained in the opening round with an impressive 6-2 6-2 victory over Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in her second-round match.
“I felt the pain but I didn’t think about it,” said Halep said.
The Romanian who was knocked out in the first-round of the last two Australian Open tournaments will next face American Lauren Davies.
Also blasting through the second round on the women’s side was former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova, who easily booked a place in the third round.
The Russian star who missed the Australian Open last year because of a doping suspension, cruised past Latvian 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 7-6(4) at Rod Laver Arena.
“I love being in the city. I love Australia. I love the summertime,” she said after the win.
“I was watching this tournament with a box of Kleenex next to me sick. So, you know, I feel like I transported myself into the TV this year and I‘m finding myself on Rod Laver Arena competing.
“A lot of things to smile about. I wanted to be here. I got myself here. Yeah, it’s great to be back.”
In the upset on a scorching day 4, Chinese Taipei’s 82nd ranked Hsieh Su-Wei ousted reigning Wimbledon champion and third seed Garbine Muguruza in straight set, 7-6(1) 6-4 in the second round at Rod Laver Arena.
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The 32-year-old Su-Wei, who only has a 41-percent career win record, was advancing to the third-round of the Australian Open for the first time since reaching the fourth-round in 2008.
“I’ve been on tour too long, so there must be a few interesting matches in my life,” Su-Wei said.
“Of course this is one of the biggest players I beat. So, it’s of course a great memory for me,” she added.
Muguruza finished with 43 unforced errors gave credit to her opponent, admitting that Su-Wei deserved to advance.
“She’s definitely a very tricky opponent. I think today she played well,” the Spaniard said.
“I maybe could have done things better, but in the end, she deserves to win.”
Another notable seeded player exiting the Australian Open in second-round was Briton No. 9 seed Johanna Konta, who crashed out to American world number 123 Bernarda Pera, 6-4 7-5.
In other results, 2016 Australian champion Angelique Kerber defeated Donna Vekic 6-4 6-1 to book her third-round place and extend her winning streak to 11 matches, with No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 17 Madison Keys and No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska also advanced.
2018 Australian Open Women’s Singles Results on Day
Thursday, Jan. 18
1-Simona Halep (ROU) def. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 6-2 6-2
Maria Sharapova (RUS) def. 14-Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 6-1 7 6(4)
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) def. 3-Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 7-6(1) 6-4
6-Karolina Pliskova (CZE) def. def.riz Haddad Maia (BRA) 6-1 6-1
8-Caroline Garcia (FRA) def. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 6-7(3) 6-2 8-6
Bernarda Pera (USA) def. 9-Johanna Konta (GBR) 6-4 7-5
17-Madison Keys (USA) def. Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) 6-0 6-1
18-Ashleigh Barty (AUS) def. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 5-7 6-4 6-1
Naomi Osaka (JPN) def. 16-Elena Vesnina (RUS) 7-6(4) 6-2
20-Barbora Strycova (CZE) def. Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 6-3 6-4
29-Lucie Safarova (CZE) def. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 6-2 6-4
26-Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) def. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 2-6 7-5 6-3
21-Angelique Kerber (GER) def. Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-4 6-1
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) def. 28-Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 6-3 6-1
Lauren Davis (USA) def. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 4-6 6-0 6-0
Ana Bogdan (ROU) def. Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 1-6 6-2 6-3