Stephanie Brantz and Brad Gilbert preview the action ahead of Day 2 at the Australian Open. (1:57)
MELBOURNE, Australia — Opening day of the Australian Open has come to a close, and for the most part, everything played out as we thought it would.
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*Full Day 2 schedule here
Serena and Osaka to kick off their 2019 Grand Slam seasons
While she hasn’t played an official match in 2018, Williams looked sharp at Hopman Cup, winning three singles matches.
Williams and Osaka could meet in the semifinals.
An uphill battle for 16th seed Raonic
Raonic no doubt would have preferred a more favorable path, but with an opening match against the two-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Kyrgios, it isn’t looking like the easiest start.
The kicker is that should Raonic (or Kyrgios, for that matter) win, it’ll only get more difficult, with 2014 Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka looming as a second-round matchup.
Can lightning strike twice for Kanepi against Halep?
Why? Halep was eliminated in the first round of the 2018 US Open by Kanepi.
Kanepi isn’t a stranger to knocking out top-10 players. She’s done it 11 times in her career. And to make matter worse, Halep hasn’t been 100 percent healthwise, either.