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Pliskova, Medvedev into Australian Open third round

Pliskova, Medvedev into Australian Open third round
Pliskova beats Siegemund while Medvedev knocks Martinez out of Australian Open to march to third round

By Fatih Erel

ISTANBUL (AA) - The world no. 2 in tennis Karolina Pliskova and fourth seed Daniil Medvedev reached the Australian Open third round each on Thursday.

Czech athlete Pliskova defeated Germany's Laura Siegemund 2-0 (6,3, 6,3) in the women's second round at Rod Laver Arena.

The fourth seed in women's, Simona Halep from Romania also beat Harriet Dart of the U.K. with the sets of 6-2, 6-4 to be in the next round.

Meanwhile, the sixth seed in women's, Swiss Belinda Bencic saw off Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia 7-5, 7,5 to advance to the third round.

In men's second round, Russian Medvedev eliminated Spanish player Pedro Martinez 3-0 with the sets of 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 at Margaret Court Arena.

The seventh seed Alexander Zverev of Germany toppled Belarusian Egor Gerasimov 7-6, 6-4 and 7-5 to be in the third round.

- World number five Thiem risks chances but survives

The fifth seed in men's, Austria's Dominic Thiem fought hard to beat his Australian opponent Alex Bolt in five sets, lasted for 3 hours and 22 minutes.

Thiem was the winner of the first set by 6-2 but Bolt came back, winning the second and third sets (7-5, 7-6) to lead the match 2-1.

But Thiem didn't give up and displayed a dominant performance (6-1, 6-2) to win the match 3-2 at Melbourne Arena.

The 108th edition of the Australian Open will run from Jan. 20 through Feb. 2.

source: News Feed
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