Second seed Daniil Medvedev and 4th seed Stefanos Tsistipas reached second round of Australian Open on Tuesday. Medvedev beat Laaksonen 6-1,6-4,7-6 while Tsistipas eased past Ymer 6-2,6-4,6-3.Former world no.1 Andy Murray needed five sets to beat 21st seed Nikoloz Basiashviili.British player won 6-1,3-6,6-4,6-7,6-4 in 3 hours and 52 minutes.Felix Auger Aliassimme and Nick Kyrgios also advanced.In women’s draw,16th seed Angelique Kerber crashed out after losing 4-6,3-6 to Kaia Kanepi.Second seed Sabalenka and US Open champion Raducanu progressed to second round.
Satwik SaiRaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty rose to eighth in BWF men’s doubles rankings.Meanwhile,H S Prannoy reachef second round of Syed Modi International event in Lucknow.Sameer Verma retired hurt.
Star Indian woman footballer Bala Devi is confident of good performance from India in the upcoming AFC Asian Cup.
By Shailesh Padhye