Hewitt caps big day for Aussies

Written By komlim puldel on Selasa, 20 Januari 2015 | 20.01

Lleyton Hewitt has made it seven Aussie men into the second round of the Australian Open, the first time that's happened since 2003.

Casey Dellacqua struggled in the lead-up events, but managed to beat Austrian Yvonne Meusburger in her first round match on Margaret Court Arena.

Sam Stosur has overcame some early nerves to breeze into the second round at Melbourne Park.

Lleyton Hewitt is into the second round of the Australian Open. Source: Getty Images

LLEYTON Hewitt has reached the second round for the first time since 2012 after defeating China's Ze Zhang on Rod Laver Arena.

Hewitt needed four sets to see off the wildcard and book his place in the second round, winning 6-3, 1-6, 6-0, 6-4 on day two at Melbourne Park.

It capped a big day for Australia after fellow big names Sam Stosur and Casey Dellacqua also progressed.

Dellacqua, the 29th seed had little trouble beating Austrian Yvonne Meusberger 6-4, 6-0 while Stosur, the 20th seed, was equally impressive against Monica Niculescu, winning 6-4 6-1.

Re-live all the action in our blog scroll down for all the Day 2 news.

Stosur worked into the contest using her power and prowess at the net to upset her opponent.

"The start of the match was pretty tricky obviously she plays a little bit unorthodox so it took a while for me to get used to that get used to the slices," Stosur said.

In the night session, Ajla Tomljanovic stormed into Melbourne Park's Open second round, bolstering an already strong Australian presence.

Based in Brisbane and still awaiting Australian citizenship, Croatian-born Tomljanovic overcame American Shelby Rogers 4-6 6-4 6-0 to post her first win as an Australian.

For the ninth consecutive year Novak Djokovic has won the opening round of the Australian Open in straight sets.

Allowed to compete under the Australian flag by the International Tennis Federation, the baseliner is the fourth Australian woman to reach the second round..

Olivia Rogowska was the only Australian unable to win on day two, going down to Nicole Gibbs.

The youngster had an early break in the first set against the American but couldn't hold on.

It only got worse in the second set as she fell 6-4, 6-1.

Caroline Wozniacki had to fend off a charge from teenager Taylor Townsend in her first round match.

On Margaret Court Arena, Serena Williams cruised to a straight sets win over Alison van Uytvanck.

The world No.1 booked a second round ticket 6-0, 6-4.

Earlier, Novak Djokovic wasted little time booking his ticket into the second round against Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene. The No.1 seed cruised through 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 on centre court.

Defending Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka is also through following a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Turkey's Marcel Ilhan.

Day 2 of the Australian Open has seen wins for Milos Roanic, Kei Nishikori, Stan Wawrinka and Victoria Azarenka.

Unseeded Victoria Azarenka dismissed Sloane Stephens in an eagerly awaited Round 1 match-up, winning 6-3 6-2.

However, the seeds continued to fall in the women's draw as 13th seed Andrea Petkovic crashed out.

The German had served for the match in the second set but fell apart against American Madison Brengle, losing 7-5, 6-7, 3-6.

Italian 12th seed Flavia Pennetta couldn't escape the carnage as she lost to compatriot Camile Giorgi in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 3-6.

Jelena Jankovic was also sent packing after a disastrous 6-1, 6-4 loss to Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.

Elsewhere, it was easier for big names Kei Nishikori, Petra Kvitova, David Ferrer and Victoria Azarenka who all breezed through to the second round.

French 17th seed Gael Monfils survived a fierce challenge from compatriot and wild card Lucas Pouille before advancing 6-7 (3-7) 3-6 6-1 6-4 6-4.

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