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Australian Open: Kei Nishikori reaches second round after Kamil Majchrzak retires

15 January, 2019 12:37 PM
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Japan`s Kei Nishikori advanced to the second round of the Australian Open after Polish wild card Kamil Majchrzak retired due to cramping during their first round at Melbourne Park.

Nishikori won the contest against Majchrzak 3-6, 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-2, 3-0.

The Japanese, who came to Melbourne fresh off a win in Brisbane, was taken by surprise by Majchrzak, who is ranked 176th and began cramping badly after winning back-to-back sets, reports Efe news.

Nishikori, who lost in the round of 16 to Roger Federer last year, will now meet Croatian veteran Ivo Karlovic, who defeated Polish Hubert Hurkacz 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6.

Elsewhere, Venezuela's Garbine Muguruza also advanced to the second round of the Australian Open after beating Zheng Saisai in straight sets in their opening women's singles clash.

The No.18 seed beat her Chinese opponent 6-2, 6-3 in just over an hour and 20 minutes.

The two-time Grand Slam champion, and a quarterfinalist in Melbourne in 2017, played seamlessly in the first set against Zheng, dropping just two points in her first three service games, piling up the pressure on her opponent, who cracked first, giving the Spaniard a break at 4-2, reports Efe news.

Muguruza batted away a break-back point and reeled off the last two games and quickly wrapped up the opening set.She had a wobbly start to the second set as Zheng came back into the game and secured a 5-1 lead.

Muguruza will now face Johanna Konta, who beat Ajla Tomljanovic 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-6(7) earlier in the day.


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