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Australian Open 2023 results: Aryna Sabalenka and Caroline Garcia win but four other seeds fall

Aryna Sabalenka hits a forehand

Aryna Sabalenka has previously reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 16-29 January
Coverage: Commentary every day from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra ‘Tennis Breakfast’ live from Melbourne, with selected live text commentaries and match reports on the BBC Sport website & app

Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka and France’s Caroline Garcia both won in the Australian Open second round but four women’s seeds fell early on day four.

Fourth seed Garcia beat 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 in one hour and 52 minutes.

Fifth seed Sabalenka triumphed 6-3 6-1 against American Shelby Rogers on Rod Laver Arena.

But fellow seeds Veronika Kudermetova, Anett Kontaveit, Liudmila Samsonova and Irina-Camelia Begu all lost.

Ninth seed Kudermetova was beaten 6-4 2-6 6-2 by American 21-year-old qualifier Katie Volynets.

Making her sixth main-draw appearance at a Grand Slam, world number 113 Volynets is the first American qualifier to reach the Australian Open third round since Lindsay Davenport in 1993.

She said of her time on Margaret Court Arena: “I’ve never played in a stadium this packed and that many people keeping the energy up for me.”

Volynets will face Zhang Shuai next after the Chinese 23rd seed beat Petra Martic 6-3 6-3, while Sabalenka plays Elise Mertens after the Belgian’s 6-4 6-3 victory against Lauren Davis.

Garcia will meet Germany’s Laura Siegemund in the third round. The German brought Romanian Begu’s challenge to an end in a 5-7 7-5 6-3 victory that took three hours and 12 minutes.

Estonia’s Kontaveit lost 3-6 6-3 6-4 to Poland’s Magda Linette, who will meet Ekaterina Alexandrova next.

Russian Samsonova was swiftly seen off by Donna Vekic, the Croatian winning 6-3 6-0 in one hour and six minutes. Vekic will play Spain’s Nuria Parrizas-Diaz in the third round.

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