Halep eases past struggling Bouchard

Halep eases past struggling Bouchard

With a forecast high of 39 Celsius (102 Fahrenheit), Sharapova appeared to be in a hurry to get off the Rod Laver Arena court, winning the first set in 23 minutes.

On her return from treatment, she got to set-point on the Romanian's serve, but once Halep held, the tide turned.

Attempting to channel her run to the Australian Open 2014 semifinals, Bouchard was simply unable to exercise sufficient control over her groundstrokes throughout, with a number of her 26 unforced errors overcooked by a distance. "I love it here", said the Russian, who returned from her drugs ban in April past year. Kyrgios had a straight-sets second-round win late Wednesday over Viktor Troicki; Tsonga was forced to come from 5-2 down in the fifth set to beat Denis Shapovalov.

She was not afraid of anything, so she was hitting very strong and very well.

And she finally reached number one in October past year.

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.

"2017, I have said goodbye already, I am not looking back", she said after a forgettable last season that saw her relinquish the number one spot and slide down the rankings.

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The 26-year-old Romanian, who now has no clothing sponsor, was wearing the same "lucky" red dress that she used while registering a dominant victory at the Shenzhen Open just over a fortnight ago. "It's always really cool to go up against the best in the world".

Across five matches, the world No.1 lost just two sets and was dominant the whole way through.

Sharapova, still working her way back from a 15-month ban for taking the performance-enhancing substance meldonium, showed glimpses of the tennis that made her a five-time Major victor.

She is now on a 10-match win streak after a ideal early season.

Former World No. 1 and 6th seed, Karolina Pliskova overcame Veronica Cepede Royg in straight sets.

She has yet to win a Grand Slam but has reached the final of the French Open twice, including earlier a year ago.

American wildcard Kristie Ahn is competing in the second Slam main draw of her career - a decade after the first.

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