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AUSTRALIAN OPEN. Topper praises Belgian coach, Djokovic and Sharapova round further in comeback

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Angelique Kerber (WTA 16) has on Tuesday assured of a place in the second round of the Australian Open. The 29-year-old German, who works with the Belgian coach Wim Fissette, knocked out in the first round her compatriot Anna-Lena Friedsam (WTA 388) in two sets: 6-0 and 6-4. “The training with Wim shed its fruit”, says Kerber.

Kerber wrote, in 2016 the Australian Open to her name, but fell in a dramatic year later from the first to the 22nd place in the WTA rankings. Since the German works in collaboration with the Limburg coach Fissette, she knows what winning is. Kerber picked up in Melbourne her sixth wedstrijdzege in a row, the tenth including the Hopman Cup.

“I am really in the clouds with my collaboration with Wim,” said Kerber. “With him I have made a good decision. By the successes that he and Kim Clijsters graduated, I knew that he something in his mars had. Discourse allows me to, and he will bring me certain things in my tennis. We work a lot on my physical abilities, because that is very important in my game. I’m really glad to determine that my training efforts, for example, with my title in Sydney, it pays.”

“Last year is in the past and I will try to my best tennis back,” continued Kerber. “2018 is already very started. I’m back with pleasure on the field and hope that it is going to continue.”

Djokovic into second round

Novak Djokovic returned finally back on a nearest tennis court at after months of absence. The Serb was on the side with an injury to the elbow since Wimbledon. In his first match at the Australian Open was roestigheid, however, little to note. The American Donald Young was the child of the account. He was 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4 on the side.

“A month ago I didn’t know if I would be able to play because my elbow was still not ready for competition,” said Djokovic afterwards. “It feels great to be back!”

In the next round will take Djokovic against Frenchman Gaël Monfils, who in three sets (6-3, 7-6 and 6-4) won by the Spaniard Jaume Munar.

Also topreekshoofden Alexander Zverev and Stanislas Wawrinka have qualified for the second round. Zverev won in three sets in the Italian Fabbiano: 6-1, 7-6 (5), 7-5. Wawrinka had four sets against the Lithuanian Berankis: 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2).

Also Sharapova by

Maria Sharapova played her first Australian Open match since 2016 and posted an easy victory. The Russian was two sets too strong for the German Tatjana Maria: 6-1, 6-4. After it was Sharapova, blissfully happy. “It felt like I was last year, a lot of physical and mental things on the side, I was able to slide. It felt now back on as a routine for me.”

Also the world’s number one Simona Halep is in the second round at the women. The Romanian was two sets too strong for thuisspeelster Alava: 7-6 (5) and 6-1. Fortunately for the Americans won Madison Keys in her first match. It was 6-1 and 7-5 against the Chinese Wang. Previously lost toppers as Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, CoCo Vandeweghe, Jack Sock and John cheney, who in round one.

Garbiñe Muguruza (WTA 3) has on Tuesday placed for the second round of the Australian Open. The 24-year-old Spanish beat the French Jessika Ponchet (WTA 260), which is a wildcard had been given, in two sets: 6-4 and 6-3. The party lasted an hour and 24 minutes.

Muguruza looks in the second round Su-Wei Hsieh (WTA 82) in the eyes. The tennis player from Taiwan earlier, in the opening round with the Chinese kwalificatiespeelster Lin Zhu (WTA 113) in three sets: 0-6, 6-0 and 8-6.

Federer wins

Roger Federer (ATP 2) has Tuesday with no major problems assured of a place in the second round of the Australian Open. The Swiss old hand knocked in the first round of the Slovenian Aljaž Bedene (ATP 49) in three sets: 6-3, 6-4 and 6-3. The contest lasted an hour and 39 minutes.

Federer meets in the second round Jan-Lennard Struff (ATP 53). The 27-year-old German charged in the first round with the South Korean wildcard Soonwoo Kwon (ATP 170) in three sets: 6-1, 6-2, and 6-4.

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