Australian Open, Day 1: Djokovic, Ivanovic advance, Venus exits
Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Lukas Lacko in straight sets to reach the second round at the Australian Open on Monday. Venus Williams fell out of the Australian Open at the first hurdle after a marathon clash with Russian 22nd seed Ekaterina Makarova.
China's Li Na stormed into the Australian Open second round with a straight-sets demolition of junior champion Ana Konjuh, 16, as she set about ending her tournament jinx. (All AFP and AP images)
Stanislas Wawrinka progressed on an injury retirement by his opening round opponent Andrey Golubev. Golubev retired with a calf injury in the second set of their match on Hisense Arena with Wawrinka leading 6-4, 4-1 at the time.
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams fell out of the Australian Open at the first hurdle after a marathon clash with Russian 22nd seed Ekaterina Makarova.
Kimiko Date-Krumm lost to 16-year-old Belinda Bencic, a qualifier playing in her first major after winning two junior Grand Slam titles last year. Bencic eliminated Date-Krumm in the first round, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was upset in the first round of the Australian Open by Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.
Sam Stosur fought back from 4-1 down in the second set to beat Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Australian Open.
World number three David Ferrer took just over two hours to put away Colombia's Alejandro Gonzalez, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic beaten on Monday Lukas Lacko in straight sets to reach the second round. Djokovic overcame resistance from the 96th-ranked Slovak to win 6-3, 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 in one hour and 50 minutes.
Former world number one Ana Ivanovic said she was targeting this year's elite WTA Championships after continuing her fine start to the season at the Australian Open. The 26-year-old beat the Netherlands' Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6-4 to stay on track for a possible fourth round clash with Serena Williams.