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Sharapova wins opening-round match

Sharapova wins opening-round match

She refused to be drawn into the draw issue - "I was invited and I kindly accepted", she said. "Obviously you're talking about union, you're talking about boycott, you're talking about radical decisions to make.so we can get financial compensations the way we deserve it".

There were even greater doubts over Stan Wawrinka, who has also been sidelined since Wimbledon following knee surgery and only decided on Saturday that he would play in the tournament.

Bautista Agut lost to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, a semifinalist here in 2009, and Raonic lost, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (4), to Lukas Lacko.

No. 17-seeded Keys, the runner-up at the U.S. Open, had a 6-1, 7-5 win over Wang Qiang on Day 2.

In other Day 2 action, No. 9 Johanna Konta of Britain beat Madison Brengle, 6-3, 6-1, handing the United States a 10th loss in 11 first-round women's matches.

The 30-year-old Russian former world women's tennis No1 raised her arms in triumph and accepted the plaudits of the big crowd at Margaret Court Arena after ousting Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-1 6-4 in the opening round of the Australian Open yesterday.

Federer is due to continue his bid for a 20th Grand Slam title when he takes on Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in the next round.

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard said past year that Sharapova is "a cheater, and so to me, I don't think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play that sport again". There were a lot of firsts again for me - playing the first tournament, first grand slam, and just different feelings and what it would be routinely.

After her 6-1, 6-4 victory, Sharapova spoke of how it was "really meaningful for me to be back out here today".

"I don't really have a position [on the subject] because that was the first time it was mentioned", he said. You have to work for every point.

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It was just a week ago that his participation in Melbourne looked in doubt after skipping an exhibition in Abu Dhabi and pulling out of Doha as the defending champion.

For Sharapova, the repercussions of her enforced absence are not so much about moral enlightenment or concerns about the nature of the barracking from the stands. "As long as I have the ability and the motivation to keep going, I will".

"Some things are coming along slower than I've wanted but some things I feel good about". "But I'm also thankful about all the things, because I think I'm growing".

The five-time major victor got vocal support from fans during and after her opening match.

"I know that nothing will be handed to me or anyone. I'm not overly confident (about winning the tournament) but I have expectations because of the previous results through my career". "She was suspended for a while, now she's back and I'm sure people will be in their seats to watch her come back".

Sharapova will next play No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova, who beat her at last year's U.S. Open.

Kerber, who won the 2016 Australian Open, won four singles matches at the Hopman Cup, then followed that up with five wins en route to the Sydney International title last week.

Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion, continued her resurgent run with a 6-0, 6-4 win over fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam.

"I'll take it match by match and I think I have a good chance", she said. "I'm just trying to enjoy it again on court", added the German who is on a 10-match winning streak.

She next plays ninth-seeded Johanna Konta of Britain, a victor over another American, Madison Brengle.


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