Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic from Canada advanced to the third round in Melbourne in the Australian Open. Raonic, the 16th-seeded was only points away from dropping sets before edging Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland. Milos Raonic from Thornhill, Ontario offered fans the highlight they were waiting for when he hit 39 aces in the rain-delayed match of four-hours and two minutes.
Raonic says that in about 15 minutes it felt like at least four hours passed, the runner-up at the 2016 Wimbledon says that the adrenaline simply took over and that he was fortunate to remain on top of his game in the fourth set. Milos Raonic is through to the third round where he will face Pierre-Hugues Herbert from France on Saturday.
Denis Shapovalov Defeats Taro Daniel
Denis Shapovalov from Richmond Hill, Ontario, currently the 25th seeded defeated Taro Daniel from Japan on Thursday. Shapovalov faces Serbia’s top seed, Novak Djokovic in the third round after the 19-year-old achieved 16 aces in the second round. Shapovalov thought it was an exceptional match and shared that he knew that Daniel would be a tough opponent before the match started, which is all the more reason he feels both happy and surprised, as he never expected the victory.
Anastasija Sevastova Beat Bianca Andreescu
Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova won the second-round against Bianca Andreescu. The match halted the solid start Bianca Andreescu from Mississauga, Ontario wanted for the tennis season of 2019, it was also the 18-year-olds first final appearance, two weeks before at the WTA tournament. After a quick delay in the second set caused by rain, Bianca Andreescu appeared rejuvenated in the second set played against Anastasija Sevastova made a comeback and held the serve at 5 -3.
Even though Bianca Andreescu had a very strong start, it was the 28-year-old Anastasija Sevastova that recovered after three breaks. Sevastova had thirty-three errors in the match, while Andreescu had a total of 49 unforced errors throughout the match that lasted two hours and 14 minutes.
Bianca Andreescu Earned Spot After Three Qualifying Rounds
Bianca Andreescu had to go through three qualifying rounds before earning a spot in the Australian Open’s main draw one week after qualifying for the ASB Classic final in New Zealand. This is where Andreescu upset Caroline Wozniacki the former number one in the world as well as Venus Williams, before being beaten by Julia Georges, the number 14, in the Auckland championship match.
Serena Williams the number 16 seed and star from America beat Eugenie Bouchard, who was the tournament favourite. Bouchard late said that it was a tough match in which she felt rushed all the time as well as a bit on the foot due to the power of Williams.