(Reuters) – Highlights of Thursday’s fourth day of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year (all times GMT):
Tennis – Australian Open – Second Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 17, 2019. Staff wipe rainwater off the court. REUTERS/Edgar Su
0427 RAIN DELAY IN MELBOURNE
Play was suspended at the Australian Open due to rain. Stan Wawrinka and 16th seed Milos Raonic were locked at 4-4 in the third set having claimed one set apiece in their second round encounter on Rod Laver Arena.
0406 NISHIKORI MADE TO WORK HARD FOR WIN OVER KARLOVIC
Kei Nishikori was dragged into a five-setter for the second match in a row but the eighth seed dug deep to beat Croatian veteran Ivo Karlovic 6-3 7-6(6) 5-7 5-7 7-6(7).
The Japanese looked in control after taking a two-set lead but the 39-year-old Karlovic did not back down and levelled the contest. Nishikori held his nerve in a tight decider to prevail in three hours and 48 minutes.
He meets Philipp Kohlschreiber or Joao Sousa in the third round.
0223 SEVASTOVA BATTLES PAST ANDREESCU
U.S. Open semi-finalist Anastasija Sevastova overcame a mid-match blip to defeat Canadian qualifier Bianca Andreescu 6-3 3-6 6-2 and advance to the third round. The 13th seed takes on China’s Wang Qiang next.
0110 GIORGI SWATS ASIDE SWIATEK
Italy’s Camila Giorgi took less than an hour to move into the third round with a 6-2 6-0 victory over Polish qualifier Iga Swiatek.
The 27-year-old capitalised on a poor service game from Swiatek to sieze six of her 11 break opportunities and will next face either seventh seed Karolina Pliskova or Madison Brengle.
0010 PLAY UNDERWAY AT MELBOURNE PARK
Play got underway on schedule under cloudy skies at 11 a.m. local time (0000 GMT) with the temperature hovering just above the 25 degrees Celsius mark with an expected high of 37C and some rain forecast.
Former men’s champion Stan Wawrinka should prove a dangerous opponent for 16th seed Milos Raonic when they are up second on Rod Laver Arena, while Serena Williams continues her quest for a 24th Grand Slam singles title against Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard in the first match of the evening session.
Men’s eighth seed Kei Nishikori, who was in danger of losing his first round match to Kamil Majchrzak before the Polish qualifier suffered severe cramping, faces Ivo Karlovic on Margaret Court Arena.
Compiled by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford/Amlan Chakraborty
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