MELBOURNE, Australia. No. 1 seed Iga Sviatek advanced to the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, beating Colombia’s Camila Osorio 6-2, 6-3. In the match, played with the roof closed due to rain, the Polish player broke down on a 5–1 serve for the match, but sealed the win two games later.
The reigning French Open and US Open champion will now play either Canada’s former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu or Spain’s Cristina Buxa.
“I think it was a lot harder than the bill says,” Swiatek said. “It was very hard physically. She didn’t give me many points for free.
“It was hard, but I am glad that I consistently took the initiative,” she added. “I am very happy that I won and can play in the next round.”
Third place Jessica Pegula was tested by Alexandra Sasnovich before going through 6-2, 7-6 (5).
Pegula served for the match 5–4 in the second but was beaten before regrouping to win the tie-break. She will next play Marta Kostyuk from Ukraine or Olivia Gadetsky from Australia.
No. 6 seed Maria Sakkari survived the ordeal of 18-year-old Russian qualifier Diana Schneider before advancing 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Left-hander Schneider, who is due to visit North Carolina State this fall, saved two match points on her serve at 5-2. But in the next game, Sakkari held 0-30.
“It was a very high level from both of us, I think she had an amazing match,” said Sakkari. “She is very young, she is very promising. Maybe she should consider skipping college and going pro.”
In the men’s draw, No. 15 Yannick Sinner won 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 over Thomas Martin Etcheverri of Argentina to advance to the third round.
There will be no play on the outside courts until 15:30 local time due to rain.
No. 1 Swiatek facilitates Osorio; No. 3 Pegula moving forward originally appeared on NBCSports.com