Highlights: Australian Open day one

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Highlights of the first day of the Australian Open tennis championships on Monday at Melbourne Park. Local times (GMT +11):

1309 RAONIC EASES PAST CORIA

Canada’s Milos Raonic went into the second round with a 6: 3: 6: 3: 6: 2 win over the Argentine Federico Coria.

Raonic, who is seeded in 14th place, hit 51 winners compared to just nine from his opponent and finished the match in 95 minutes.

1300 VENUS BEATS FLIPKENS IN STRAIGHT SETS

Venus Williams (NYSE 🙂 defeated the Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 7: 5: 6: 2 and reached the second round in front of around 200 fans in the Margaret Court Arena.

Flipkens made 30 casual mistakes compared to just 13 from Williams, who also won more than 80% of their first serve points.

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1224 US OPEN CHAMPION NAOMI OSAKA BY

The third Saat Naomi Osaka was the first player to the second round after a 6-1: 6-2 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

“I’m just very happy to see people in the stands. It was a little lonely in New York, so thanks guys,” Osaka told a small crowd in the Rod Laver Arena.

1109 GAME GOES ON THE MOVE OF THE 109TH AUSTRALIAN OPENING

The game started punctually under leaded skies in Melbourne Park with a temperature of around 17 degrees Celsius.

A locally acquired case of COVID-19 was reported on Monday in Victoria state, a worker at a quarantine hotel unrelated to tennis.

The championships were postponed by three weeks so that all players arriving from abroad could be quarantined for two weeks.

The US Open champion Naomi Osaka played in the opening game on the main venue Rod Laver Arena against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

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