Sevastova to take on Sharapova in Australian Open

Latvia's tennis player Anastasija Sevastova (WTA 15) has advanced to the second round of the Australian Open after defeating Varvara Lepchenko (WTA 64) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Her next opponent will be Russia's Maria Sharapova (WTA 48).

Hopes are getting higher for two of Latvia's contestants at the Australian Open as 2017 Roland-Garros winner Jeļena (known in Latvia as Aļona) Ostapenko breezed through the first round and will face China's Duan Ying-Ying (WTA 100) in the second. 

The Australian Open in Melbourne takes place until January 28 with a prize pool of around €36 million. 

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