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Feeling right at home, Sakkari reaches second round at Australian Open

Maria Sakkari won against Yue Yuan 6-1, 6-4 on Monday night and will play Russian qualifier Diana Shnaider in the next round

Maria Sakkari 2023 Australian Open Maria Sakkari 2023 Australian Open || AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Greek Maria Sakkari, the No 6 seed, advanced to the second round of the Australian Open by defeating Chinese Yue Yuan 6-1, 6-4 at Melbourne Park on Monday night.

Sakkari, ranked No 6, will play Russian qualifier Diana Shnaider next.

Sakkari, who played four matches at United Cup prior to the Australian Open, says she is very comfortable with the conditions at Melbourne.

“I think the United Cup really helped me with these four matches just to feel my game,” Sakkari said. “The conditions are very similar to Perth here, so I feel very good.”

Asked about the speed of the playing surface on Rod Laver Arena, Sakkari said: “I think I feel that this Court is slow. But I like it because it’s warm, the ball bounces high. I think it’s the perfect conditions for my game. The hotter it gets, the better for me. I mean, I like the heat.”

Melbourne (Grand Slam), other first-round results (Melbourne Park, hard, USD 24.297.942, most recent results first):

  • Tamara Zidansek vs. Ons Jabeur
  • Viktoriya Tomova vs. Belinda Bencic
  • Alison Riske-Amritraj vs. Marketa Vondrousova
  • Sloane Stephens vs. Anastasia Potapova
  • Beatriz Haddad Maia vs. Nuria Parrizas Diaz
  • Irina-Camelia Begu vs. Elizabeth Mandlik
  • Daria Kasatkina vs. Varvara Gracheva
  • Claire Liu vs. Madison Brengle
  • Mayar Sherif vs. Magda Linette
  • Maryna Zanevska vs. Veronika Kudermetova
  • Shuai Zhang vs. Patricia Maria Tig
  • Lucrezia Stefanini vs. Tatjana Maria
  • Jasmine Paolini vs. Liudmila Samsonova
  • Lucia Bronzetti vs. Laura Siegemund
  • Petra Martic vs. Viktorija Golubic
  • Sorana Cirstea vs. Yulia Putintseva
  • Donna Vekic vs. Oksana Selekhmeteva
  • Lauren Davis vs. Danka Kovinic
  • Anett Kontaveit vs. Julia Grabher
  • Linda Fruhvirtova vs. Jaimee Fourlis
  • Katherine Sebov vs. Caroline Garcia
  • Katie Volynets vs. Evgeniya Rodina
  • Xiyu Wang vs. Karolina Pliskova
  • Kaia Kanepi vs. Kimberly Birrell
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Camila Giorgi
  • Martina Trevisan vs. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
  • Garbine Muguruza vs. Elise Mertens
  • Arianne Hartono vs. Shelby Rogers
  • Aryna Sabalenka vs. Tereza Martincova
  • Leylah Fernandez vs. Alize Cornet
  • Ysaline Bonaventure vs. Ekaterina Alexandrova
  • Diane Parry vs. Taylor Townsend
  • Madison Keys vs. Anna Blinkova
  • Iga Swiatek vs. Jule Niemeier
  • Leolia Jeanjean vs. Nadia Podoroska
  • Xinyu Wang vs. Storm Hunter
  • Jil Teichmann vs. Harriet Dart
  • Kaja Juvan vs. Selena Janicijevic
  • Elena Rybakina vs. Elisabetta Cocciaretto
  • Laura Pigossi vs. Catherine McNally
  • Barbora Krejcikova vs. Sara Bejlek
  • Panna Udvardy vs. Camila Osorio
  • Brenda Fruhvirtova vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich
  • Lin Zhu vs. Rebecca Marino
  • Sofia Kenin vs. Victoria Azarenka
  • Coco Vandeweghe vs. Anhelina Kalinina: monday
  • Qinwen Zheng vs. Dalma Galfi
  • Dayana Yastremska vs. Jelena Ostapenko
  • Anna Bondar vs. Ana Bogdan
  • Kamilla Rakhimova vs. Kateryna Baindl
  • Lesia Tsurenko vs. Karolina Muchova: monday
  • Alison Van Uytvanck vs. Petra Kvitova: monday
  • Bernarda Pera vs. Moyuka Uchijima: monday
  • Talia Gibson vs. Clara Burel: monday
  • Diana Shnaider beat Kristina Kucova: 7-6 (6), 7-5
  • Marta Kostyuk beat Amanda Anisimova (28): 6-3, 6-4
  • Olivia Gadecki (WC) beat Polina Kudermetova (Q): 7-5, 6-1
  • Jessica Pegula (3) beat Jaqueline Cristian: 6-0, 6-1
  • Coco Gauff (7) beat Katerina Siniakova: 6-1, 6-4
  • Emma Raducanu beat Tamara Korpatsch: 6-3, 6-2
  • Danielle Collins (13) beat Anna Kalinskaya: 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
  • Bianca Andreescu beat Marie Bouzkova (25): 6-2, 6-4
  • Cristina Bucsa (Q) beat Eva Lys (Q): 2-6, 6-0, 6-2

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