MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open: LOOKAHEAD TO SATURDAY Top-ranked Simona Halep has beaten Venus Williams in their two most recent matches. Williams won their first three matches, and on…
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open:
LOOKAHEAD TO SATURDAY
Top-ranked Simona Halep has beaten Venus Williams in their two most recent matches. Williams won their first three matches, and on Saturday they’ll meet in a Grand Slam singles match for the first time. “She’s very consistent on the court and in her results,” Williams says of Halep. “So throughout the year she’s playing at a really high level. That’s what keeps her ranking up.” Venus’ sister Serena Williams plays Dayana Yastremska in another third-round match, and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka takes on Hsieh Su-wei. In men’s third-round play, top-seeded Novak Djokovic, after beating former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, has another major test when he plays Denis Shapovalov. The next highest seed in Djokovic’s half, No. 4 Alexander Zverev, plays Australian wild-card entry Alex Bolt, who beat No. 29 Gilles Simon in the second round.
Mostly sunny, high of 23 Celsius (73 Fahrenheit)
Rain delayed play on outside courts for 2 ½ hours and forced the roofs on the three main show courts to be closed early in the day.
FRIDAY’S KEY RESULTS
Men’s 3rd round: No. 2 Rafael Nadal beat No. 27 Alex de Minaur 6-1, 6-2, 6-4; No. 3 Roger Federer beat Taylor Fritz 6-2, 7-5, 6-2; No. 6 Marin Cilic beat No. 26 Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8), 6-3; No. 22 Roberto Bautista beat No. 10 Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-5, 6-4; No. 14 Stefanos Tsitsipas beat No. 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4; Tomas Berdych beat No. 18 Diego Schwartzman 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4; No. 20 Grigor Dimitrov beat Thomas Fabbiano 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4; Frances Tiafoe beat Andreas Seppi 6-7 (3), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.