Australian Open: Serena reaches 2nd round beating Camila Giorgi

The fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova, who pulled out of the Brisbane International with a left forearm injury, eased to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Nao Hibino showing no side effects from the ailment in her 73-minute win over the Japanese player.

A rampaging Roger Federer kicked off his 17th Australian Open campaign with a 6-2 6-1 6-2 demolition of Georgian battler Nikoloz Basilashvili to reach the second round.

Djokovic opens the defence of his title on Rod Laver Arena today against South Korea's rising talent Chung Hyeon, right about the time temperatures are expected to approach 37 Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit) at Melbourne Park.

The leaked files included details of an investigation into a 2007 match which world number four Nikolay Davydenko lost to 87th-ranked Martin Vassallo Arguello. "To come back here and play my first match on Rod Laver is always very special as you always get those first little jitters out of the way".

None of the 16 players had faced sanctions, the report said, which was released on the eve of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the season.

Venus Williams will hope to join sister Serena in the second round when she takes on Britain's Johanna Konta, while retiring home favorite Lleyton Hewitt takes center stage in the evening when he faces countryman James Duckworth. I think that as an athlete, I do everything I can to be not only great, but historic. I know him very well.

Tennis World No.1 Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he was once indirectly offered 110,000 pounds to throw a first round match at a tournament in Russia.

Williams said she didn't feel the knee problem at all during Monday's match, dropping just one service game against No. 34-ranked Girorgi.

"I'm not really pro that", Murray, a four-time finalist in Melbourne said Tuesday, after advancing to the second round.

The seventh-seeded Nishikori, who reached the quarterfinals last year, beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 without facing a break point on Monday. Dominic Thiem, No. 26 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and No. 27 Grigor Dimitrov.

It was an impressive performance and underlines the progress Konta has made in the last 18 months.

Putintseva, ranked 76th, said she used some reverse psychology to keep calm. Was it the support team?

The reports say the players - it doesn't identify the players or say whether they were involved in singles or doubles - were allowed to continue competing.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams, who won the inaugural WTA Elite Trophy in 2015 as well as tournaments in Auckland and Wuhan, never got her game going.

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