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Champion Wozniacki through to second round with comfortable win

Champion Wozniacki through to second round with comfortable win

Sentiment of course counts for little in the heat of sporting battle and Maria Sharapova didn't want to linger at the Australian Open when she faced Britain's Harriet Dart, especially in temperatures that topped 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) on the opening day of the year's first major.

The former world number one said Andy Murray's announcement that this year's tournament Down Under would be his last had underlined her determination to make the most of her time in the spotlight.

Dart left Rod Laver Arena in tears following the 63-minute demolition but five-time grand slam champion Sharapova had no sympathy for the 22-year-old post-match.

"I feel good. If I am not feeling good, I will not be here", Nadal told reporters two days before the start of the first Grand Slam of the year.

The Swiss maestro, seeded three, has won the last two Australian Opens and is gunning for a record seventh crown and 21st Grand Slam title.

Asked why, at 31, she is still putting herself through the pain, Sharapova said: "I still really have the passion for this".

It was Rafael Nadal's first match since his US Open retirement in the semifinals.

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. His only hiccup came when he served for the match in the ninth game of the third set and was broken at love.

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The Bulls will also have to waive one player, and point guard Cameron Payne is expected to be the one to go, according to reports. He was traded to the Bulls in 2016-17, but appeared in just 25 games last season after undergoing foot surgery.

Katie Boulter earned the distinction of winning the first 10-point tiebreaker under the Australian Open's new system for deciding sets.

"Sometimes it doesn't come overnight, doesn't come in a year, and sometimes it comes maybe in very unrelated things in your life, and I believe in that".

Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova are two of the greats of the game - but both players will step onto Rod Laver Arena on Monday with an air of uncertainty surrounding them.

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 auto brand with which he is connected by a contract until 2020.

Caroline Wozniacki opened her title defense with a strong 6-3, 6-4 win over Alison Van Uytvanck.

Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion, reached the third round of the Australian Open for the first time since 2014.

Mackenzie McDonald pushed No. 6 Marin Cilic before losing 7-5, 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, and Denis Kudla went to a fifth set before bowing out 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4 against No. 18 Diego Schwartzman.

It was the South African's first win in Melbourne since 2015. But Nadal returned the favor, breaking the Australian in the final game of the match.

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