Sevastova marches into second round at Australian Open

On January 15 Latvia's No. 1 tennis player Anastasija Sevastova beat Germany's Mona Barthel in the first round of the Australian Open, the organizers said.

Sevastova (WTA No. 12) beat Barthel (WTA No. 76) in two sets with 6-3, 6-1 in a game that lasted just over an hour. 

She will next face Romania's Bianca Andreescu (WTA No. 106). 

Last year, Sevastova made it to the second round. 

Meanwhile Anastastija Ostapenko lost in the first round. She has recently returned to the court after an injury. Latvia's best male tennis player, Ernests Gulbis (ATP No. 86) left the tournament in the first round due to injury.  

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