After two days of heat and rain, Aryna Sabalenka overcame a sluggish start to defeat Shelby Rogers 6-3, 6-1 and go to the third round at the season’s first Grand Slam.
World number five Sabalenka, who won the Adelaide championship to prepare for Melbourne Park, defeated Tereza Martincova in her opener but struggled with Rogers, dropping service early in the first set.
The Belarusian eventually overcame the American to win the match and remain unblemished in six bouts this year.
After losing to Alize Cornet in the first round of women’s doubles, the home audience applauded Sam Stosur’s retirement. The 38-year-old major winner will join Matt Ebden in the mixed doubles.
Chardy loses ball, yells at chair umpire.
At the Australian Open, Jeremy Chardy lost his temper after a weird point. Dan Evans defeated the Frenchman 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 in the second round.
Chardy lost a break point in the first set after a ball fell out of his pocket midway through a rally and he hit a forehand into the net.
Chardy quickly appealed to the chair umpire, but Miriam Bley determined that the point would not be replayed. Evans noted that he did not see the ball slide out of the pocket or protest about it.
Chardy added, “We play with a no-umpire.” I’ve never had an umpire like you in 20 years. Looking where? Birds? Clouds? Australian Open’s biggest error. No tour umpire makes this error.”
“If you don’t confirm that I called let, I lose all respect for you,” he told a supervisor. Lying. Is she fined? Can she be fined?”
Evans, who faces Andrey Rublev or Emil Ruusuvuori in the third round, did not like Chardy.
He suggested losing points if a ball falls out of your pocket. He missed.