Australian Open 2023: Jannik Sinner, Maria Sakkari and Jessica Pegula advance to third round

Jannik Sinner, Maria Sakkari and Jessica Pegula stormed into their respective third-round singles matches at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

New Delhi ,UPDATED: Jan 18, 2023 10:54 IST

Jannik Sinner of Italy storms into third round. (AP Photo)

By India Today Web Desk: Italy’s Jannik Sinner secured a straight-sets win over Tomas Martin Etcheverry of Argentina to storm into the third round of the Australian Open 2023 on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old Sinner raced into the next round 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in just one hour and 44 minutes as he secured his second straight-sets victory at the ongoing tournament.

“I am very happy to be in the next round,” Sinner said in his on-court interview. “Very happy to play again here on this court, especially today, with the roof.

Sinner, who had the advantage of playing under the roof due to rain, added: “Outside it’s raining a lot, so hopefully it’s not going to rain in the next days. For sure the level today was good. I served well. I returned very good also today because I think he’s a very good server.”

Sinner sealed the victory by converting on all five of his break points. He dictated rallies on both serve and return, and fired 32 winners.

Sinner, who had reached the Australian Open quarter-finals last year but fell to Stefanos Tsitsipas, could again meet Tsitsipas in the fourth round if he overcomes Lloyd Harris or Marton Fucsovics and Tsitsipas reaches the last-16 stage.

In the women’s singles matches, Maria Sakkari and Jessica Pegula reached the third round.

Pegula defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich at a Grand Slam for a second time, having previously beaten Sasnovich at the US Open 2022. Pegula registered a 6-2, 7-6(5) win and will meet either Marta Kostyuk or Olivia Gadecki in her next match.

Maria Sakkari, on the other hand, came from behind to dispatch the 18-year-old Diana Shnaider 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. Sakkari will play either Zhu Lin or Jil Teichmann in the third round.

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