Raonic out, Sharapova, Konta, Kerber on track



Milos Raonic: early exit from Melbourne

Canadian  Milos Raonic was dumped out of the Australian Open by Lukas Lacko on Tuesday in his earliest exit at Grand Slam for seven years.

The 86th-ranked Slovakian defeated the 22nd seeded Canadian 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-Four, 7-6 (7/Four) in 3hr 22min on Show Court Three.

It was Raonic’s worst efficiency at a serious since shedding within the first spherical at Roland Garros in 2011.

But within the girls’s occasion, two former world primary, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova, routinely made it to the second spherical. Britain’s star, Johanna Konta additionally walked via.

Raonic, a semi-finalist in Melbourne two years in the past, was preventing to make up for misplaced time after wrist and calf accidents final 12 months and an early exit on the lead-in Brisbane International match this month.

“I wasn’t sharp and I struggled physically, thankfully not from injury, but from fitness and preparedness and that caught up with me a lot,” the Canadian  instructed reporters.

“I was hoping I would be a little more efficient on the court but things dragged on a little bit and I wasn’t that sharp, quick, I wasn’t hitting that hard or aggressive and I wasn’t able to dictate.”

Asked about his lack of preparation time for the Australian Open, Raonic stated: “It is what it’s.

“It’s what I used to be conscious once I got here right here, I knew it was going to be one thing alongside these strains, clearly I wanted it will be significantly better.

“I knew that the time I had to spend in the gym and on the court wasn’t ideal and I just tried to make the most of it.”

Raonic, a 2016 Wimbledon finalist, is preventing his method again from a wrist damage final season and regardless of serving 36 aces, he made 47 unforced errors and had his serve damaged thrice.

Lacko, who hasn’t been past the third spherical in Melbourne, will play Argentina’s Nicolas Kicker within the second spherical.

In distinction, former  champions Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber turned on the type to brush into the  second spherical Tuesday.

With temperatures heating up in Melbourne, the 2 Grand Slam winners wasted little time on courtroom.

Sharapova, nonetheless working her method again from a 15-month ban for taking the performance-enhancing substance meldonium, confirmed glimpses of the tennis that made her a five-time main winner.

The 2008 Melbourne Park champion, now ranked 48, battled previous Germany’s Tatjana Maria 6-1, 6-Four and can subsequent play both 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia or American Varvara Lepchenko.

“I cherish these moments. I love it here,” stated the Russian, who returned from her medicine ban in April final 12 months.

“It’s been a couple of years and I wanted it to be really meaningful to me.”

Fellow former world primary Kerber, who gained the match in 2016, was additionally spectacular in dismissing Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-Zero, 6-Four.

“2017, I have said goodbye already, I am not looking back,” she stated after a forgettable final season that noticed her relinquish the primary spot and slide down the rankings.

She is now on a 10-match win streak after an ideal early season.

“I’m just trying to enjoy it again on court,” stated the German, who turns 30 this week.

American woes continued with Madison Brengle despatched packing by British ninth seed Johanna Konta  in emphatic 6-Three 6-1 win.

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova and eighth seed Caroline Garcia additionally progressed, in distinction to the opposite aspect of the draw that noticed Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and Coco Vandeweghe crash out on Monday.