Kerber survives, Halep falls and Melbourne celebrates a new hero


It contrasts with the laboured progress of Angelique Kerber and Andy Murray a day earlier, despite temperatures rising to 37 Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit) on day two. Murray will be in action against Andrey Rublev for his second round matchup on Wednesday.

Victoria Azarenka said that Angelique Kerber must embrace the challenge of being the defending champion if she is to thrive at the Australian Open. "He doesn't hold back".

The power-hitting Rogers scored the biggest upset of the day.

A lack of proper competitive play during the Australian summer is a concern as Bencic approaches a first round match-up against a player who doesn't take any prisoners.

Kerber will next face compatriot and world No.89 Carina Witthoeft, who overcame Japanese qualifier Eri Hozumi 7-5 7-6 (8-6).

The four-time champion said: "It was a long road, but I've made it". "I feel good especially when after I won a tournament in the first week of the year (Brisbane International)".

"I think this point where I was match point down, that was the important point for my career", Kerber said Sunday, speaking of her first-round escape against Doi.

If a pattern continues, she's a decent chance of reaching the quarterfinals - she's gone that far three times previously in the year she returned after a first- or second-round exit at Melbourne Park.

No other man on tour knows the way around a Grand Slam tournament better than Federer, who is playing in his 69th major and has won a record 17.

"I will have to go to the pool this afternoon but I had a bit of a sleep in this morning", Bronte said. "It's self-motivating. I'm just happy to be playing".

French Open champion Garbine Muguruza starts play on Margaret Court Arena against Marina Erakovic, and U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka opens the night session on the second show court. The 2014 champion plays 27-year-old Californian Steve Johnson who was briefly the top-ranked United States player in August last year.

(14) Nick Kyrgios bt. He was suspended from the tennis circuit in October after he walked off the court while his match against Mischa Zverev was still being played and became embroiled in a heated argument with a fan during the defeat at the Shanghai Masters. I'm sorry I touch him in the wrong place. He fared better than women's fourth seed Simona Halep, who was the tournament's first major casualty, and Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic, who were both taken to five sets. Tsurenko is no pushover as she reached the fourth round at the US Open previous year, Defeating 2014 finalist Dominika Cibulkova en route.