Australian Open: Jannik Sinner downs Kyle Edmund; Shang Juncheng makes history with win

Sports Monday 16/January/2023 12:44 PM
Australian Open: Jannik Sinner downs Kyle Edmund; Shang Juncheng makes history with win

Melbourne : Jannik Sinner made a stunning start at the 2023 Australian Open with a win against Kyle Edmund to open Monday's play in Melbourne here at John Cain Arena.

The 15th-seeded Italian ran away with a 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 win against Edmund. Next up for Sinner is either Tomas Martin Etcheverry or Gregoire Barrere.

"I think I played very solid today. I had some difficult times to finish it off, but I think my level was very good today," Sinner said in his post-match interview in John Cain Arena.

Elsewhere, Shang Juncheng made history for China on Monday in his Grand Slam debut, as the Chinese star became the first man from the Asian nation to win an Australian Open match in the Open Era.

In a 6-2, 6-4, 6-7(2), 7-5 triumph against Germany's Oscar Otte, the 17-year-old qualifier used his attacking game to control play in Melbourne.

He did not face another break point as he won the match on his third match point after fending off two in the first set.

Shang, the male singles competition's youngest competitor, displayed maturity beyond his years by persevering despite squandering two match points on a return at 5-4 in the fourth set. Otte was serving once more to stay in the game at 6-5 when the lefty completed the task with his fourth break of the game.

No.7 seed Coco Gauff opened her 2023 Australian Open campaign with a straight-set triumph over the Czech Republic's Katerina Siniakova here at the Rod Laver Arena on Monday.

The 18-year-old American advanced to the second round with a 6-1, 6-4 victory. Gauff will face 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu next. Playing in her fourth Australian Open, Gauff opened up play and advanced through the first set in just 22 minutes.

After winning the longest rally of the match (22 strokes) and breaking Gauff to lead 4-2, Siniakova came back in the second set and appeared poised to force a third set. However, the lead was short-lived.

Gauff immediately broke again, earning a chance to serve out the victory. Before the American sealed the victory with a backhand volley winner in the longest game of the match, Siniakova fought valiantly to save six match points.

"Really pleased with myself. Katerina is a fighter I knew she was going to fight until the last point and she proved that today. I'm glad I stayed mentally right there," quoted Gauff as saying.

The 20-year-old Emma Raducanu eased past her 27-year-old opponent Tamara Korpatsch 6-3, 6-2 in 1 hour and 25 minutes. Raducanu improved to 2-0 against Korpatsch thanks to powerful groundstrokes that brought to mind her journey to the US Open championship.

Elsewhere at Court 7, Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk tapped into her successful history at Melbourne Park to defeat No.28 seed Amanda Anisimova, 6-3, 6-4 in a straight set. The 20-year-old, ranked No. 61, broke Anisimova on each of her four break points to score the tournament's first upset in 78 minutes. With 29 wins to 16 unforced errors compared to Anisimova's 21 winners and 18 unforced errors, Kostyuk proved to be the match's better aggressor.

Kostyuk will next lock horns with Australian wild card Olivia Gadecki in the second round. The 20-year-old Gadecki earned a victory in her Grand Slam debut, defeating Polina Kudermetova 7-5, 6-1.