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Maria Sharapova blitzes into Australian Open second round

Maria Sharapova blitzes into Australian Open second round

Following addresses from Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley and ATP officials including chairman Chris Kermode, the Mail reports that Djokovic, 30, politely asked all non-players to leave the conference hall before making his case. She missed the Australian Open past year while recovering from a knife attack that easily could have derailed her career.

Djokovic is seeded 14th and will be coming off just a couple of exhibition matches to prepare for his first-round encounter against Donald Young.

Former champion Angelique Kerber has won her 10th match in a row to start the season, beating fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-0, 6-4 in the first round at Melbourne Park.

He has never played Bedene, a 28-year-old Slovenian who has lost five times in the first round at the Australian Open and has no ATP singles titles. Djokovic and Young first played in the first round at the U.S. Open in 2006, when the American won the first set before losing the next three.

That is giving Djokovic some hope.

"It's been a couple of years since I've been here so I wanted to enjoy the moment and it was really meaningful to be out here today", Sharapova said in a post-match interview. I came onto the court with the right emotion. But the tournaments Djokovic believes should be offering bigger payouts are the grand slams, because they are the richest events.

"Everything was done in a very normal, polite way", he said.

On the court, he used the time to work closely with coaches Agassi and Radek Stepanek to refine his service motion to improve the technique and "release the load from the elbow, obviously something that I have to do because I have the injury".

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"It's not entirely different, but at the beginning, even those small tweaks and changes have made a lot of difference mentally", he said. Yet that was not the impression that Djokovic himself wished to put across yesterday.

"With that choice I know that I face difficulties and challenges on the court, and that I start from no ranking and that I might start on some outside courts, and I understand that and that's part of the process", said Sharapova, who was a contentious choice to represent the women's champions last week at the official draw. "They spent a lot of hours analyzing my serve". We talked about things that we talked about.

It was his earliest Grand Slam exit in seven years as he fights back from a wrist injury.

"I love it here", said the Russian, who returned from her drugs ban in April previous year.

"I still have some pain", said the Swiss.

Djokovic said before the tournament that surgery wasn't out of the question if he experienced discomfort in the future but simply judging by Tuesday's performance, he looked sharp. "Hopefully, I can do so (in Australia)".

It wasn't Maria Sharapova's choice to miss the last Australian Open.


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