Morning all and welcome to coverage on day three of the Australian Open where we’ll be focusing on the No 2 seed Angelique Kerber and her clash with Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Kerber, who has been widely tipped for a stellar 2019, started strongly in her opening match. She dropped four games in her routine win over Slovenia’s Polona Hercog.
Three seeded women have been sent home earlier today, including No. 24 Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, a 6-0, 6-2 loser against 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova. No 9 seed Kiki Bertens and No. 20 Anett Kontaveit also departed.
2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens opened the day on Rod Laver Arena with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over her junior doubles partner Timea Babos.
Stephens a semi-finalist here in 2013, reached the third round of the Australian Open for the first time since 2014.
“I’m kind of conquering all the places where I’ve been terrible,” Stephens said.
There was no joy for the Brits, however, as both Katie Boulter and Dan Evans were defeated in straight sets.