Australian Open: Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams advance to second round

first_imgAustralian Open: Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams advance to second roundAustralian Open: Novak Djokovic easily beat American qualifier Mitchell Krueger 6-3 6-2 6-2, while Venus Williams got a come-from-behind 6-7(3) 7-6(3) 6-2 victory over 25th seed Mihaela Buzarnescuadvertisement Reuters MelbourneJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 16:44 IST Novak Djokovic strolled past qualifier Mitchell Krueger to reach second round (Reuters Photo)Top seed Novak Djokovic looked every inch the Australian Open favourite as he comfortably beat American qualifier Mitchell Krueger 6-3 6-2 6-2 to reach the second round on Tuesday.Soaking up the Rod Laver Arena limelight, the Serb moved superbly in his Melbourne Park opener and hit 42 winners to wrap up the one-sided clash in little more than two hours.Despite the scoreline, the 230th-ranked Krueger hardly disgraced himself and broke Djokovic in the third game of the first set.That was as good as it got for the American, as Djokovic coasted to an easy victory. The Serb will continue his bid for a record seventh Australian Open title against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the man he beat for the 2008 trophy. Venus Williams secures come-from-behind winVenus Williams celebrated her 19th main draw appearance at the Australian Open with a come-from-behind 6-7(3) 7-6(3) 6-2 victory over 25th seed Mihaela Buzarnescu on Tuesday, marking a successful day for some of the sport’s oldest active competitors.The 38-year-old, who is unseeded for the first time since 2014 and is the oldest player in the women’s draw, will meet France’s Alize Cornet in the second round.It was a good day for some of the veterans of the sport after big serving 39-year-old Ivo Karlovic, the oldest male player, served his way into the second round against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, a man 18 years his junior.Title contender Roger Federer, aged 37, comfortably won his first round match on Monday.Also Read | Fashionista Serena Williams launches ‘Serena-tard’ at the Australian OpenAlso Read | Meet Qai Qai: Granddaughter of Serena Williams, best friend of daughter OlympiaAlso Read | Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian OpenadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Australian OpenFollow Novak DjokovicFollow Venus WilliamsFollow Mihaela Buzarnescu Nextlast_img read more

BiH champion RK Borac Banja Luka on verge of bankruptcy

Seems that champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Banja Luka won’t survive this summer. Despite fantastic handball days in second largest city in BiH during Junior World Championship 2013 two weeks ago, the most succesful team in the handball history of this country – ex Champions Cup winner from 70″s is in serious financial problem. Debt is about 900.000 EUR and the whole Management Board resigned. Club Assembly didn’t made any conclusion at the two previous meetings and the team, who has to prepare for the VELUX EHF Champions League qualification, didn’t even start to practice for the upcoming season.What will happen with one of the oldest and most traditional handbal teams in Europe, it is still uknown, but current situation tells – nothing good… Banja LukaBiH handballRK Borac Banja Luka ← Previous Story Kasim Kamenica takes charge of RK Lovcen Cetinje Next Story → Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic ready to get back in TOP handball: “Waiting for serious offer” read more