Osaka was there after their emotional farewell U.S Open and a subsequent four-month break only returned to the tour in January.
Ashleigh Barty was not naked at the next attempt at the long-coveted home title. World number one won its first roundmatch against the Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko 6: 0, 6: 1.
The Olympic champion Belinda Bencic from Switzerland, who won 6: 4, 6: 3 over French Kristina Mladenovic, is also through. Ukrainian Elina Switolina beat Mladenovic’s compatriot Fiona Ferro 6: 1, 7: 6 (7: 4).
Nadal wins Grand Slam comeback
Rafael Nadal also mastered his come back on the big one Grand Slam-Stage without problems. The 35-year-old Spaniard defeated the American Marcos Giron convincing with 6: 1, 6: 4, 6: 2.
“It’s great to be backSaid Nadal, som Australian Open has won once so far in 2009. He can now expect a duel with Karlsruhe’s Yannick Hanfmann or Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, who is currently Adelaide his first ATP– Won the title.
Nadal struggled with a foot injury for a long time last year and ended his season ahead of time in August. Following the return from the show tournament in Abu Dhabi, a corona infection was also found in mid-December.
In preparation for the first Grand Slam-This year’s tournament won 13 times French Open champion but so superb one ATPTournament in Melbourne Park. Also in the beginning of Australian Open Nadal now seemed ready and in full possession of his powers.
Nadal now against Hanfmann
Nadal is now dealing with German Yannik Hanfmann in the second round. The 30-year-old qualifier from Karlsruhe defeated Australian crowd favorite Thanasi Kokkinakis surprisingly clearly 6: 2, 6: 3, 6: 2 and now challenges the Spanish Grand Slam record winner in the second round.
Hanfmann was not disturbed by the loud Australian crowd against Kokkinakis, who recently won his first ATP title in Adelaide. The pro, who played against Nadal at the 2019 French Open and lost in three sets, converted his third match point to his first win in a major tournament after 2:07 hours.
Also Koepfer and Otte in round two
With Oscar Otte, another German tennis professional reached the second round. The 28-year-old from Cologne won in Melbourne over wildcard holder Tseng Chun Hsin from Taiwan 6: 4, 6: 3, 6: 2. In the battle for a place in the third round, Eight meets the Italian Lorenzo Sonego, who is number 25.
Earlier, Dominik Koepfer had also won his opening match. The 27-year-old Furtwangen beat Spaniard Carlos Taberner 6: 1, 3: 6, 6: 4, 6: 1 in the first round after a concentrated performance over long distances.
In his previous two appearances in the main field of Melbourne was for Davis Cup-plays latest in the second round. Now the German number three is sending itself into a duel Reilly Opelka (USA/None. 23) or Kevin Anderson (South Africa) to take the next step.
Gojowczyk and Maria failed in Melbourne
Tatjana Maria and Peter Gojowczyk, on the other hand, said goodbye on the first day of the tournament Melbourne. Munich’s Gojowczyk clearly lost 3: 6, 3: 6, 3: 6 against the French Benjamin Bonzi. Despite a good performance by the clearly favored Greek Maria Sakkari, Maria had to admit defeat 4: 6, 6: 7 (2: 7).
Early termination for Petkovic as well
Andrea Petkovic must also continue on her first victory in Australian Open expected since 2018. The 34-year-old from Darmstadt lost 2: 6, 0: 6 against French Open-Winner Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic and had no chance. Also in 2019 and 2021, Petkovic had in the first round of Australian Open lost, two years ago she had not competed. On the world rankings Krejcikova in fourth place is Petkovic number 73. Krejcikova was still in the final in Sydney on Saturday but just missed out on winning the tournament.
This means that two of the three German women who entered the main field have already been eliminated. Angelique Kerber, 2016 in Melbourne had won, does not go into action until Tuesday. Nine German 1st round participants are to start for the men.