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AUSTRALIAN OPEN. Middle finger makes for a stir in women, exciting thrillers in men

The Canadian Milos Raonic has set Thursday for the third round at the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the season: he beat Stan Wawrinka to go home after an exciting viersetter. The women could the Japanese Naomi Osaka has easy places for the next round but did Yulia Putintseva again, for stir with a middle finger.

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The Canadian Milos Raonic (ATP 17) went to four sets – and the same tiebreaks – beyond the Swiss Stan Wawrinka (ATP 59), the tournament winner of 2014 and will still be good for two semi-finals: 6-7 (7/4), 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (13/11) and 7-6 (7/5). Raonic in the next round against the Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert (ATP 55), winner in four sets against the South Korean Hyeon Chung (ATP 25), last year semi-finalist: 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 and 6-4.

The party was during the third set, briefly interrupted because of the rain. When the roof of the Rod Laver Arena, the biggest stadium at Melbourne Park, was closed, drew Raonic the party. Also on Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Arena was the roof closed. An hour later, all could go to the other courts, the matches re-start.

Also the duel between the Japanese Kei Nishikori (ATP 9) and the Croatian opslagkanon Ivo Karlovic (ATP 73) delivered on expectations all the way. The eighth seeded Japanese had five sets and almost four hours to get past the tough Croat to get: 6-3, 7-6 (8/6), 5-7, 5-7 and 7-6 (10/7), despite 59 aces of Karlovic. In the third round takes on Nishikori in the next against the winner of the duel between the German Philipp Kohlschreiber (ATP 32) and the Portuguese Joao Sousa (ATP 44).

Osaka smoothly to the third round

In the women, the Japanese Naomi Osaka has easy placed for the third round. The number four of the world, last year’s winner at the US Open, made in two sets (6-2 and 6-4) debunks the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek (WTA 78). In the next round now wait a duel with Hsieh Su-wei (WTA 27) from Taiwan for a place in the eighth finals.

Sixth seed Elina Svitolina (WTA 7) may move to the next round with a victory in two sets (6-4 and 6-1) against the Slovakian Viktoria Kuzmova (WTA 48). The tennis player from Ukraine ran aground last year in the quarterfinals, her best achievement so far in Melbourne.

The seventh seeded Karolina Pliskova (WTA 8) from the Czech republic knocked after a false start, the American Madison Brengle (WTA 88) with 4-6, 6-1 and 6-0, and in the third round to Italian Camila Giorgi (WTA 28).

Wednesday night has Yulia Putintseva (WTA 39), then more commotion ensured in Australia. The Kazakh put out after her defeat against the Swiss Belinda Bencic (WTA 49) in the second round, after all, her middle finger to her fans, showed off pictures on social media to circulate:

Earlier, Putintseva all blame received Barbora Strycova (WTA 34) because they are after their party in the opening round to the Czech republic on a firm handshake would be treated.

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