The Latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local): 1:30 p.m. The first player born in the 2000s to play a match at a Grand Slam tournament will have just one. Destanee Aiava established the first milestone at the 2017 Australian Open, becoming the first player born in this millennium to play a main draw match at a Grand Slam event. The 16-year-old Melbourne high school student got a wild-card entry to the season's first major. But she lost to German qualifier Mona Barthel 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the opening match on Show Court 2. 1 p.m. French Open champion Garbine Muguruza has beaten New Zealand's Marina Erakovic in the first round at Melbourne Park for the second time in three years.
Rafael Nadal isn't planning to give up tennis anytime soon. Johanna Konta won't take too seriously her dominating win in the Sydney International last Friday. And Sam Stosur, who has never done well at her home Grand Slam tournament, isn't getting too down on herself after her preparation — or lack of it— for Melbourne Park. Following are some thoughts and impressions from players who spoke on Sunday, the day before the start of the Australian Open: RAFAEL NADAL The takeaway: Rafa is not about to call it quits anytime soon. Nadal, a 14-time major winner, is coming off two lengthy injury layoffs last year, including 2 ? months off after pulling out of the French Open before the third round with
MELBOURNE, Australia Olympic gold medalist and Miami resident Monica Puig didn’t waste any time on the opening day of the Australian Open. The Puerto Rican player, seeded 29th, was the first player to win a match at Melbourne Park this year, defeating Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig 6-0, 6-1 in 53 minutes on Monday. Puig was close to shutting Tig out completely, known in tennis as a “double bagel,” but made several unforced errors to give the Romanian her first game at 6-0, 5-1. The match was over several minutes later. Puig stunned the field at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics to become Puerto Rico’s first-ever gold-medal winner, beating Angelique Kerber in the final at Rio. Meanwhile, Simona