Day 4: 2018 Australian Open Women's Singles Results - Jan. 18

Day 4: 2018 Australian Open Women's Singles Results - Jan. 18

Aiava is one of Australia's brightest young talents, but her potential off-court issues are of serious concern and things could get very ugly if she doesn't arrive on Rod Laver Arena ready to play and fight for a spot in the second round against the best in the world right now. "I did it great today".

That left only Maria Sharapova, Aneglique Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko as Grand Slam winners in the women's draw.

"It's been a couple of years since I've been back here - obviously I wanted to enjoy the moment", the 2008 Australian Open champion and three-time runner-up said in an on-court TV interview.

The heat peaked during Djokovic's 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Monfils.

If anyone was in any doubt about the state of Simona Halep's left ankle, they got their answer approximately seven minutes into Thursday night's encounter with Eugenie Bouchard - and it was a comprehensive one too. Halep will next play Lauren Davis.

The 17th-seeded Madison Keys of the U.S. got past China's Wang Qiang 6-1, 7-5 while Latvian 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova beat American Varvara Lepchenko 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 set up a second-round meeting with Russian Maria Sharapova.

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Former Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber beat Croatian Donna Vekic 6-4 6-1 to celebrate her 30th birthday with a third round berth at Melbourne Park.

American Madison Keys, a U.S. Open finalist a year ago, took just 41 minutes to beat Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-0 6-1 in the second round.

Sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia and No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska also advanced. In front of her friends and parents, Aiava played courageously, impressing with the force the 17-year-old is capable of.

Sharapova was banned for after testing positive for the drug meldonium here in 2016, when she reached the quarterfinals, and finished past year ranked No. 60. The 19-time Grand Slam singles champion beat Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets on grass at Halle in 2016. Both players slouched over in the shade between points, earning warnings about time delays from the chair umpire.

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is out of the Australian Open after being beaten 7-6 (1), 6-4 by Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan in the second round. "Really tough conditions, brutal - especially for the first hour and a half".

Wild-card entry Julien Benneteau has had an upset 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1, 7-6 (4) victory over seventh-seeded David Goffin, winning the last five points in the tiebreaker in a third-round match.

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