De Minaur cruises past Lajovic
Alex de Minaur continues to warm up for the Australian Open with a hard-earned straight sets win in his Sydney International opener on Monday.
The Australian No.1 was made to work hard by Serbian world No.45 Dusan Lajovic in both sets before finishing strongly to claim a 6-4 6-3 win on Ken Rosewall Arena.
De Minaur, who rose to world No.29 on Monday, made the final last year and will aim to go one better after defending champion Daniil Medvedev withdrew from his title defence.
Medvedev, who lost to Kei Nishikori in the Brisbane final on Sunday, had beaten de Minaur in last year’s final and was slated to meet the Sydney product in the quarter-final this week.
The 19-year-old de Minaur, who had to wait three hours to play due to rain delays, will now meet American qualifier Reilly Opelka or Albert Ramos-Vinolas from Spain in the second round.
Medvedev’s pull-out comes hours after defending women’s champion Karolina Pliskova also withdrew following her triumph over Lesia Tsurenko in Brisbane.
Tsurenko was also a last-minute withdrawal.
Greek world No.15 Stefanos Tsitsipas is the favourite to take out the men’s title.
DeMinaur and Gavrilova take to court
Australia’s highest ranked male Alex de Minaur has taken to court against Dusan Lajovic after wet weather finally cleared to allow play on day two of the Sydney international.
Elswhere, local hopefuls Daria Gavrilova opens her campaign against qualifier Yulia Putintseva, while veteran Samantha Stosur takes on former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova.
Australia’s No.1 female, Ashleigh Barty, will face 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko on Tuesday.
Australia’s Alja Tomljanovic has been eliminated from the Sydney International after going down in straight sets to Italy’s Camila Giorgi.
Rain hampered much of Tomljanovic’s match with the umpires and tournament officials suspending play until the wet weather cleared in Sydney.
The interruption made it difficult for the Aussie to find her rhythm as the Italian returned from the break to roll the match in straight sets 6-3 6-3.
Rain has hampered day two of the Sydney International with Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic round of 32 clash against Italy’s Camila Giorgi suspended for the afternoon.
Play is estimated to resume at 4:20pm(weather permitting) with crews working tirelessly to dry courts ahead of the evening’s action.
Australian male No.1 Alex de Minaur, Sam Stosur, Daria Gavrilova and Matthew Ebden are also scheduled for action on day two.
Meanwhile World No.7 Karolina Pliskova has withdrawn from the rain-marred tournament less than a day after winning the Brisbane tournament.
Pliskova was a notable absentee on Monday from the women’s draw in which she was slated for a rematch with Brisbane finalist Lesia Tsurenko in the first round.
The world No.24 Tsurenko has also withdrawn from Sydney, where rain has delayed play.
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