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Highlights from Day One of the Australian Open Tennis Tournament | Sports Games

Australian Open kicks off with Cerundolo beating Sweeny and Cilic crashing out. Djokovic and Osaka ready for their matches.

The first day of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Sunday saw a number of exciting matches and surprising results. Argentine Francisco Cerundolo, seeded 22nd, fought off a strong challenge from local hope Dane Sweeny to secure a 3-6 6-3 6-4 2-6 6-2 win at John Cain Arena. Meanwhile, Marin Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, suffered a defeat at the hands of 24-year-old Hungarian Fabian Marozsan, with a final score of 6-1 2-6 6-2 7-5.

Italian fourth seed Jannik Sinner started his 2024 campaign with a victory, defeating Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp in straight sets with a score of 6-4 7-5 6-3. Sinner chose to skip the warm-up events ahead of the Australian Open, making this his first match of the season. He expressed satisfaction with his performance and was pleased with the way he played.

Greek eighth seed Maria Sakkari also had a successful start to the tournament, defeating Nao Hibino of Japan with a score of 6-4 6-1 at Rod Laver Arena. Czech ninth seed Barbora Krejcikova faced a tough battle in her first-round match against Japan's Mai Hontama but managed to turn the game around and secure a victory with a score of 2-6 6-4 6-3.

Italian Matteo Arnaldi expressed his gratitude to the crowd after beating Australian Adam Walton in straight sets, acknowledging the support from both Italian and Australian fans. Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko fought back to beat Italy's Lucia Bronzetti 3-6 7-5 6-3 and reach the second round, marking her sixth time advancing in the tournament.

Canadian Leylah Fernandez, the 2021 U.S. Open finalist, shared her plans for relaxation after her victory over Czech Sara Bejlek, mentioning her love for crocheting and her intention to watch a show called 'Reachers'. The 22-year-old Russian baseliner, Kamilla Rakhimova, became the first player to advance to the second round after defeating American Emina Bektas 6-4 6-4 in windy conditions on court six.

The Australian Open, which started on a Sunday for the first time in the modern era, saw play underway on the outer courts at Melbourne Park. The addition of an extra day has extended the tournament to 15 days. The first day of matches took place under clement weather conditions, with a forecasted high of 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit).

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