Serena powers ahead, Thiem and Wawrinka out

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Canadian Milos Raonic defeated former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in 4 tie-break sets to move to the third round. In a match lasting over four hours that began under open skies and finished with the roof closed on Rod Laver Arena following a rain delay, Raonic won 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (13-11), 7-6 (7-5).

19-year old Australian, Alexei Popyrin, upset seventh seed Dominic Thiem, who was forced to retire during their round-two match. Thiem could not continue because of illness. Popyrin led 7-5, 6-4, 2-0 at the time Thiem’s retirement.

Serena Williams was all business in the second round, easily beating Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena. Williams said “It wasn’t an easy match tonight. Genie has been to the finals of Wimbledon and the semifinals of other Grand Slams, so I said, ‘You’ve got to come out hot, come out firing.’

“I haven’t had many matches since last year, but it’s okay. I got to spend time with my daughter, and that matters the most to me. I’ve always been told that they grow up so fast, so I wanted to be able to take that time and say I spent it with her. It means a lot to me.”

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