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Halep breaks early against Kenin – radio & text

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Summary

  1. World number one Simona Halep takes on American Sofia Kenin
  2. Seven-time champion Serena Williams faces Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard (08:00 GMT)
  3. Number one seed Novak Djokovic takes on France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (09:15)
  4. Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action against France’s Jeremy Chardy (08:00)
  5. British number one Johanna Konta to play Spain’s Garbine Muguruza later
  6. Listen to BBC Radio 5 live sports extra coverage from 07:00 GMT

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By Amy Lofthouse

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  1. Game and first set – V Williams

    V Williams 6-3 Cornet

    The winner of Simona Halep v Sofia Kenin will take on either Venus Williams or Alize Cornet.

    Williams came through a tight first-round match against Mihaela Buzarnescu but she’s just staved off a break point and served out the first set against Cornet.

    Venus

    Copyright: Getty Images

  2. What’s happened this morning?

    In the women’s draw, seventh seed and Brisbane champion Karolina Pliskova came back from a first-set deficit to beat America’s Madison Brengle.

    Pliskova came through 4-6 6-1 6-0 and will play Italy’s Camilia Giorgi.

    Last year’s semi-finalist Elise Mertens came through 6-1 7-5, while Anastasija Sevastova outlasted Canadian qualifier Bianca Andreescu 6-3 3-6 6-2.

    And US Open champion Naomi Osaka secured a fun third-round meeting with Hsieh Su-wei after beating Tamara Zidansek 6-2 6-4.

    Naomi Osaka

    Copyright: AFP

  3. Game and first set – Halep

    Halep 6-3 Kenin

    After 34 minutes, Simona Halep has taken the first set.

    The top seed finished with nine winners and two aces, with seven unforced errors to Sofia Kenin.

  4. Post update

    Halep 5-3 Kenin*

    A hold to 15 for Simona Halep, wrapped up with a big ol’ ace down the T.

    She’s a game away from taking the first set.

  5. Post update

    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live tennis commentator at Melbourne Park

    What a five-set record Nishikori has got – he has now won 20 and lost six. We perhaps don’t give him enough credit for that.

  6. What’s happened today?

    Eighth seed Kei Nishikori survived a fightback from Ivo Karlovic in a mammoth second-round match.

    Karlovic cracked down 59 aces during the three hour 48 minute match, but Nishikori prevailed 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 5-7 7-6 (10-7).

    Nishikori later joked that Karlovic had served more aces in the match than he generally served in an entire season.

    South Korea’s Chung Hyeon, who stunned Novak Djokovic on his way to the semi-finals, lost 6-2 1-6 6-2 6-4 to Pierre-Hughes Herbert.

    Nishikori

    Copyright: AFP

  7. Post update

    Halep 4-2 Kenin*

    World number one Simona Halep is currently in action against rising American star Sofia Kenin.

    Halep has snaffled an early break in the first set.

    Simona

    Copyright: Getty Images

  8. BBC coverage

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Our team in Melbourne will bring you commentary of all of the evening matches, starting with Serena Williams v Eugenie Bouchard.

    They’re currently on air for Tennis Breakfast, with Russell Fuller and David Law bringing you all the action from the ground.

    You can listen using the player at the top of this page.

  9. What’s on today?

    It’s a belter.

    Serena Williams kicks off the action on Rod Laver Arena when she faces 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard from 08:00 GMT.

    They’re followed by top men’s seed Novak Djokovic, who plays wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a rematch of the 2008 final in Melbourne.

    On Margaret Court Arena, fourth seed Alexander Zverev begins the night session against veteran Jeremy Chardy.

    Then the last Brit standing, Johanna Konta, takes on two-time Slam champion and former world number one Garbine Muguruza for a place in the third round.

    Novak Djokovic, Johanna Konta & Serena Williams

    Copyright: Getty Images

  10. Post update

    Hello!

    Ready for day four? It’s a big one…

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