Australian Open on Wednesday: Serena Williams in 2nd round

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open:


Serena Williams continues her quest for a record 24th Grand Slam singles title when she plays her second-round match against Nina Stojanovic of Serbia. Bianca Andreescu, who beat Williams in the 2019 U.S. Open final but was then sidelined for 15 months, plays her second match in a long-awaited injury comeback against Hsieh Su-wei. Second-seeded Simona Halep takes on local hope Ajla Tomljanovic and three-time major winner Naomi Osaka plays Caroline Garcia. Eight-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic plays Frances Tiafoe in what could be an early test for the defending champion. U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem takes on Dominik Koepfer in the second round while Denis Shapovalov, who had a tough five-set win over Jannik Sinner in an enthralling five-setter between future stars, is up against Australian qualifier Bernard Tomic.


Sunny. High of 31 Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit)


Sunny. High of 26 Celsius (79 Fahrenheit)


Women’s First Round: No. 1 Ash Barty beat Danka Kovinic 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 Sofia Kenin beat Maddison Inglis 7-5, 6-4; No. 5 Elina Svitolina beat Marie Bouzkova 6-3, 7-6 (5); No. 6 Karolina Pliskova beat Jasmine Paolini 6-0, 6-2; No. 11 Belinda Bencic beat Lauren Davis 6-3, 4-6, 6-1; Jessica Pegula beat No. 12 Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-4; Kaja Juvan beat No. 13 Johanna Konta 4-6, 2-0 ret.; No. 14 Garbine Muguruza beat Margarita Gasparyan 6-4, 6-0; No. 18 Elise Mertens beat Leylah Fernandez 6-1, 6-3; No. 22 Jennifer Brady beat Aliona Bolsova 6-1, 6-3; No. 22 Jennifer Brady beat Aliona Bolsova 6-1, 6-3; Ann Li beat No. 31 Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-0; Coco Gauff beat Jil Teichmann 6-3, 6-2.

Men’s First Round: No. 2 Rafael Nadal beat Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-4, 6-1; No. 4 Daniil Medvedev beat Vasek Pospisil 6-2, 6-2, 6-4; No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-2, 6-1; No. 7 Andrey Rublev beat Yannick Hanfmann 6-3, 6-3, 6-4; No. 9 Matteo Berrettini beat Kevin Anderson 7-6 (9), 7-5, 6-3; Radu Albot beat No. 12 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (1), 6-0, 6-4, 7-6 (5); Alexei Popyrin beat No. 13 David Goffin 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6 (6), 6-3; No. 21 Alex De Minaur beat Tennys Sandgren 7-5, 6-1, 6-1; Carlos Alcaraz beat Botic van de Zandschulp 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.


17: Carlos Alcaraz, 17, became the youngest man to win a Grand Slam singles match since Thanasi Kokkinakis at the 2014 Australian Open.


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