The Latest: Brief sleet check during Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – The Latest on Wednesday from a Australian Open (all times local):

8:35 p.m.

Reilly Opelka’s 67 aces and 97 winners weren’t adequate to repress petite Italian Thomas Fabbiano, who withstood a fusillade opposite 5 sets and modernized to a third turn of a Australian Open.

The 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) Opelka served 40 aces in his opening win over associate American and No. 9-seeded John Isner in a first-round competition between dual of a tallest group on a tour.

The second turn was a contrast, with a 5-foot-8 (1.73-meter) Fabbiano winning 6-7 (15), 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5) to strech a third turn for usually a third time during a major.

Fabbiano kept his spontaneous errors down to 26 – compared with Opelka’s 67 – and took his chances when he had them, converting 3 of his 5 break-point chances and saving 4 of a 5 he faced.

And that’s a prolonged and a brief of it.


8:15 p.m.

Aryna Sabalenka had usually beaten Katie Boulter in true sets in Melbourne Arena when she flung her clean into a throng in celebration.

Then a fun began.

Two fans grabbed it during a same time, and conjunction was prepared to let it go.

For a subsequent several minutes, a women tugged one way, afterwards a next, both perplexing to benefit control of a desired souvenir.

In a end, video present on amicable media showed contest confidence staff inserted in an try to defuse a situation. There was no evident criticism from Australian Open officials as to possibly a women were ejected from a stadium.


7:45 p.m.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has reached a third turn of a Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-3 feat over Irina-Camelia Begu.

It was Kvitova’s fourth uninterrupted win over Begu.

Kvitova is entrance off her 26th career pretension after winning final week’s Sydney International.

The 26-year-old Kvitova mislaid in a initial turn final year here, her initial detriment in a initial turn of a Grand Slam contest in 4 years.

She didn’t play in a 2017 Australian Open given she was recuperating from injuries postulated in a home allege conflict in a Czech Republic in Dec 2016.

Kvitova has given had a resurgence, winning a WTA Tour-leading 5 titles in 2018.


6:40 p.m.

Australian wildcard entrance Kimberly Birrell has had an dissapoint 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 win over No. 29-seeded Donna Vekic to strech a third turn of a Australian Open.

“It is so surreal,” a 20-year-old, No. 240-ranked Birrell said. “That was usually such a blur. we get to play again. It’s crazy.”

Playing again could meant a compare opposite No. 2-ranked Angelique Kerber, a 2016 Australian Open champion, who was personification Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil in a second turn after Wednesday.

Birrell started a year with her initial ever feat over a tip 10 actor when she kick Daria Kasatkina in a initial turn during a Brisbane International, where Vekic reached a semifinals.

Vekic declined to answer questions about Birrell, who was personification in a categorical pull of a vital for usually a second time.


6:20 p.m.

American Taylor Fritz outlasted 30th-seeded Gael Monfils in a 3-hour, 24-minute second-round compare during a Australian Open, all for a right to play fortifying champion Roger Federer in a subsequent round.

Fritz prevailed 6-3, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), shutting with his 15th ace of a match, to allege to a Friday compare opposite a six-time Australian Open champion.

Fritz was usually damaged once as Monfils converted usually one of 13 break-point chances. Fritz converted 3 of his 15 mangle opportunities opposite Monfils, who was his common acrobatic self during times during a match.

_____ 5:55 p.m.

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki has modernized to a third turn of a usually Grand Slam contest she’s won, violence Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-3 during Melbourne Park.

Wozniacki kick Simona Halep in a final final year during Melbourne Park for her initial vital singles title.

The Danish actor will subsequent play a leader of a after compare between Maria Sharapova and Rebecca Peterson.


5:20 p.m.

The Bryan brothers have reunited as a doubles multiple during a Grand Slam contest and have non-stop with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1) win over Alex Bolt and Marc Polmans during a Australian Open.

Bob Bryan was sidelined final year after injuring his hip in a lead-up to a French Open, and Mike interconnected with associate American Jack Sock to win a Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles and a ATP Finals, holding a universe No. 1 ranking on his own.

With Bob behind to full fitness, a 40-year-old twins returned for a ASB Classic in Auckland progressing this month and reached a semifinals before streamer to Melbourne for a Australian Open.

The Bryan brothers, who have won 16 Grand Slam doubles titles together, will accommodate Adrian Mannarino and Andreas Mies in a second turn during Melbourne Park.


5:15 p.m.

Defending champion Roger Federer’s clever run opposite qualifiers during Grand Slam tournaments continued with a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over Daniel Evans in a second turn during a Australian Open.

Federer also confirmed his 100 percent record of reaching a third turn during a Australian Open – 20 times in a row.

The six-time Australian Open champion has mislaid usually once in 27 matches opposite qualifiers in majors, and that came to Mario Ancic during Wimbledon 17 years ago.

After dual tougher-than-expected sets, Federer pennyless Evans’ offer to take a 3-1 lead in a third set and served out a match.

The 37-year-old Federer will play possibly Gael Monfils or Taylor Fritz in a third round.


4:35 p.m.

Marin Cilic capped a 25-ace opening with a span to offer out a second-round feat during a Australian Open, violence 81st-ranked Mackenzie McDonald of a U.S. 7-5, 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4.

Cilic was a runner-up here to Roger Federer final year and is seeded No. 6 this time.

Cilic hasn’t mislaid during Melbourne Park to anyone ranked as low as McDonald given 2007.


4:25 p.m.

Two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson let a large lead trip divided amid problems with his portion arm and mislaid to 20-year-old Frances Tiafoe 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in a Australian Open’s second round.

The No. 5-seeded Anderson was a runner-up during Wimbledon final year and a U.S. Open in 2017 and had won all 3 prior matchups opposite a 39th-ranked Tiafoe.

But after trailing by a set and 3-0 in a second, Tiafoe incited this compare around to get to a third turn during a vital for a second time.

Anderson perceived steady visits from a tutor for his troublesome right arm.


3:45 p.m.

American teen Amanda Anisimova has modernized to a third turn during a Australian Open with a 6-0, 6-2 win over 24th-seeded Lesia Tsurenko.

Tsurenko, a finalist during a Brisbane International dual weeks ago, had usually 9 winners in a 54-minute match.

The 17-year-old Anisimova, innate in New Jersey to Russian-born parents, is ranked 92nd and a youngest of all players now ranked in a tip 100.


3:30 p.m.

Ashleigh Barty’s manager is ill and divided from Melbourne Park while a Australian actor continues in singles and doubles during a Australian Open. Barty pronounced after her second-round win over Wang Yafan that her manager Craig Tyzzer is bed-ridden and that she’s removing assistance in a meantime from Australian Fed Cup manager Alicia Molik.

“He’s on bed rest during a moment,” Barty pronounced of Tyzzer. “Extremely propitious to have a Fed Cup captain in (Molik), who … is also around a lot of a slams. It’s a really seamless transition.”

Barty pronounced she is still communicating with Tyzzer by phone.


3:10 p.m.

Light sleet showers dangling play quickly on Rod Laver Arena though a roofs on a categorical uncover justice and dual other arenas remained open.

Ball boys and girls used towels to clean a white lines on a justice on Rod Laver Arena during a second-round compare between fortifying champion Roger Federer and Daniel Evans.

Play resumed after a check of reduction than 5 minutes.


2:20 p.m.

The brightest internal wish for an Australian Open women’s pretension in decades is by to a third turn during Melbourne Park. Ashleigh Barty kick Wang Yafan 6-2, 6-3 in a Rod Laver Arena match.

The 15th-seeded Barty was a finalist during final week’s Sydney International, violence No. 1-ranked Simona Halep along a way.

Barty left tennis for some-more than a year in 2016 to play top-level cricket notwithstanding no grave training in a sport, and has risen adult a tennis rankings given her return, winning 3 WTA events.

The final Australian leader of a Australian Open’s women’s singles pretension was Chris O’Neill in 1978.


2 p.m.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is by to a third turn and closer to a intensity assembly with fortifying champion Roger Federer during Melbourne Park.

The Greek 20-year-old kick Viktor Troicki 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 though squandered a lot of break-point opportunities as a Serbian actor saved 15 of 19 chances combined by Tsitsipas.

Considered one of a new multiply of immature gifted players on a ATP Tour, Tsitsipas won during Stockholm final year and was a finalist in dual other tournaments.

He will subsequent play 19th-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili, who kick Stefano Travaglie 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, also on Wednesday. Tsitsipas could play Federer in a fourth round.


12:55 p.m.

Sloane Stephens has modernized to a third turn during Melbourne Park with a 6-3, 6-1 win over her former youth doubles partner Timea Babos.

Babos faced 23 mangle points and managed to save 18 of them, differently a compare would have been over quicker than a elapsed time of 1 hour, 35 minutes.

The fifth-seeded Stephens, who won a 2017 U.S. Open, prisoner youth doubles titles with Babos during a French Open, Wimbledon and a U.S. Open in 2010.

Stephens will subsequent play Petra Martic.

In other early women’s matches, No. 19-seeded Caroline Garcia degraded Zoe Hives 6-3, 6-3, Aliaksandra Sasnovich kick 20th-seeded Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3 and 31st-seeded Martic kick Marketa Vondrousova 6-4, 7-5.


11:50 a.m.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands mislaid her longtime doubles partner Lucie Safarova when a Czech actor motionless to retire during a finish of final year. Together they won 5 Grand Slam doubles titles, including a Australian Open twice.

So when Mattek-Sands began a hunt for a new teammate, there was no doubt who she’d go after.

“I went for a best. Demi can play with anybody,” Mattek-Sands said, smiling. She was referring to Demi Schuurs, one of a many achieved doubles players on a debate who won 7 WTA doubles titles final year with 4 opposite partners.

Mattek-Sands will also play churned doubles with Jamie Murray, Andy Murray’s brother. Mattek-Sands and Jamie Murray won a U.S. Open churned pretension final year and will try to make it dual majors in a row.

Jamie Murray will play men’s doubles with Bruno Soares and will be third-seeded. The tip men’s seeds in doubles will be Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic, who won final year’s pretension during Melbourne Park.


11:00 a.m.

Former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens plays Timea Babos to open second-round singles play during Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday on Day Three of a Australian Open.

The fifth-seeded Stephens, who won a 2017 U.S. Open, prisoner youth doubles titles with Babos during a French Open, Wimbledon and a U.S. Open in 2010.

Under balmy skies and an approaching high heat of 29 Celsius (84 Fahrenheit), internal wish Ashleigh Barty is scheduled to play a second compare on a categorical uncover justice opposite Wang Yafan.

Then it’s over to fortifying champion Roger Federer for his compare opposite Daniel Evans. Angelique Kerber, a 2016 champion, plays Beatriz Haddad Maia to open night play during Rod Laver, followed by Rafael Nadal’s compare opposite Matthew Ebden.

Defending women’s singles champion Caroline Wozniacki plays Johanna Larsson over during Margaret Court Arena.


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