Australian Open: Madison Keys, Elina Svitolina advance to third round

first_imgMadison Keys is through to the third round at Melbourne Park after a 6-3, 6-4 win over Anastasia Potapova.Keys, the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up who has made the semifinals in three of the last five majors, will next play No. 12-seeded Elise Mertens, who beat Margarita Gasparyan 6-1, 7-5.Hsieh Su-wei also advanced by beating Laura Siegemund 6-3, 6-4. The Taiwanese player will take on either U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka or Tamara Zidansek in the third round.Karolina Pliskova has set up a third-round match against Camila Giorgi with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 win over Madison Brengle at Melbourne Park.Pliskova broke the American player’s serve six times in seven chances after dropping the opening set. She also sent down seven aces and had 14 service winners.The seventh-seeded Pliskova has now won all three times she has played Brengle. Pliskova has advanced to the quarterfinals each of the last two years at Melbourne Park, including a loss to eventual finalist Simona Halep last year.Brengle has lost in the first round the past two years and her best finish here was the fourth round in 2015.Sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina has advanced to the third round at Melbourne Park and kicked off proceedings at Rod Laver Arena with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Viktoria Kuzmova. Svitolina will next play Karolina Pliskova .Wang Qiang and Camila Giorgi made short work of their second-round opponents at Melbourne Park, sweeping to straight-set victories.Wang, the 21st-seeded player, beat Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-3 in 58 minutes. No. 27 Giorgi needed just a minute long to defeat Polish qualifier Iga Swiatek 6-2, 6-0.advertisementAlso Read | Rampaging Maria Sharapova sets up mouth-watering Caroline Wozniacki clashAlso Read | Angelique Kerber beats Beatriz Haddad Maia in battle of left-handerslast_img read more

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