Osaka Into Second Round After Djokovic Saga At Australian Open
Melbourne, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Jan, 2022 ) :Defending women's champion Naomi Osaka breezed into the second round as the Australian Open finally began on Monday after a chaotic build-up dominated by the visa saga engulfing world number one Novak Djokovic.
"I played pretty well, I didn't have much info on my opponent," said the 2019 and 2021 champion.
"She played amazingly and fought for every point. I'm just happy to be here. It definitely always feels special to come back here." Germany's Tatjana Maria had the honour of striking the first serve on the showpiece Rod Laver Arena before falling to Greece's Maria Sakkari, the fifth seed, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).
"We all know how hard first rounds can be and that wasn't easy," said the athletic Sakkari.
Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic said she was still feeling the effects of Covid-19 a month after falling ill, as she moved into round two by overcoming Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-3.
"I mean, my pulse was getting very up in the practices. I think it's getting better day by day," she said.