Melbourne: Former champion Rafael Nadal stormed into the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win on Monday.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion cruised to round two with 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 against Australian wildcard James Duckworth.
Maria Sharapova with 6-0, 6-0 scoreline thrashed Britain’s Harriet Dart. Playing her 15th Australian Open, the three-time finalist said she was pleased to go through so easily as she battles back from injuries.
Among the other seeded players advancing were No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka, who beat Anna Kalinskaya 6-1, 6-4, No. 19 Caroline Garcia, No. 29 Donna Vekic and No. 31 Petra Martic.