Nadal flies into Open round two as Kerber issues warning

She was the first of five Australian Open winners to play on Rod Laver Arena on Day 1, starting with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart.

The five-time grand slam victor duly crushed a crestfallen Dart 6-0, 6-0 in Melbourne to record her first "double bagel" win since the third round of the 2014 French Open against Paula Ormaechea.

The 22-year-old Briton Dart, who described Sharapova as her idol before the match, is 101 places behind her in the rankings and was playing in just her second Grand Slam main draw.

"I know you were closing your eyes to be more focussed on what I am saying".

Nadal's 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over the Australian was the first men's clash on Rod Laver Arena for the tournament.

Rafael Nadal left an Australian Open media contingent in stitches and a dozing journalist red-faced after a hilarious press conference moment.

Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson has overcome traditional poor first-round performances at Melbourne Park with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win over Adrian Mannarino.

But Wozniacki took the first set before grabbing the crucial break in the third game of the second set to close out the victory.

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"There are always things to improve", said the Spaniard, who faces Australian wildcard James Duckworth in the first round. The Czech player was very dominant, and he defeated Edmund much easier than anyone expected, 6-3, 6-0, 7-5.

In an interview during an event held by Kia Motors earlier this week at the Australian Open, the 17-time Major victor Rafael Nadal commented on his partnership with the vehicle brand with which he is connected by a contract until 2020.

Kalinskaya fought hard in the second set but came second, losing it 6-4 to allow Sabalenka a second round match-up against either Katie Boulter or Ekaterina Makarova.

But having lost in the first round in Melbourne six times, including to Kyle Edmund a year ago, the South African was relieved to have won his first match at the Open since 2015. Duckworth showed he wouldn't go down easily after breaking at love at 4-5.

The 24-year-old Van Uytvanck, ranked 52, troubled Wozniacki with some well-disguised drop shots, but did not have enough to register her maiden win at Melbourne Park in her fifth appearance in both singles and doubles.

Andy Murray also lost, and it seems that the Scot played his last match in Melbourne. He'll play another Australian, Matthew Ebden, next.

World number three Wozniacki, who made her Grand Slam breakthrough in Melbourne previous year, opened her defence with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over Belgium's Alison van Uytvanck.

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