Schwartzman advances

Schwartzman advances

Diego Schwartzman is through to the second round of the Australian Open after breezing through his first-round clash in straight sets.

Diego Schwartzman in action on Tuesday. Photo: Peter Haskin
Diego Schwartzman in action on Tuesday. Photo: Peter Haskin

ARGENTINA’S Diego Schwartzman fought off South African Lloyd Harris to advance further into the Australian Open on Tuesday.

The Buenos Aires-based 14th seed saw off Harris in his first-round encounter, winning 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

After the match, Schwartzman told The AJN he didn’t have “the best start” today but “I tried to improve many things in the second and third [set]”, and later in the match Harris “started to make many mistakes on the baseline”.

Camila Giorgi. Photo: Peter Haskin

In other tennis news, Italy’s Camila Giorgi used her trademark strong, level groundstrokes to triumph over German Antonia Lottner in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

Meanwhile, American Madison Brengle made an exit from the Open after a tough clash with Caroline Garcia, losing 7-6, 2-6, 2-6 to her French opponent.

In an AJN interview, a self-effacing Brengle compared her performance to Garcia’s: “In the first set I was able to hold my own a little better on my serve and then my serve started to break down and she served very well, so I feel that when I started missing too many first serves and doing double faults in the second and third, I gave her an opportunity to step up on the return, and she continued to serve really well. Her serve didn’t break down and mine did.”

For a full recap see this week’s AJN, out Thursday.

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