Elina Svitolina advances at Australian Open

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 17, 2019 10:32 AM
Elina Svitolina advances at Australian Open
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina makes a forehand return to Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina has advanced to the third round at Melbourne Park and kicked off proceedings at Rod Laver Arena with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Viktoria Kuzmova.

Svitolina will next play either Karolina Pliskova or Madison Brengle, who were playing the third set of their match at Melbourne Arena.

Next up on Rod Laver is 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka's match against big-serving Milos Raonic.

Earlier, Wang Qiang and Camila Giorgi made short work of their second-round opponents at Melbourne Park, sweeping to straight-set victories.

Wang, the 21st-seeded player, beat Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-3 in 58 minutes. No. 27 Giorgi needed just a minute long to defeat Polish qualifier Iga Swiatek 6-2, 6-0.

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