Bucsa and Párrizas surprise in Bautista’s promising debut

Cristina Bucsa celebrating her hard-earned victory / AFP

Second round

The Spaniards defeated Bianca Andreescu and Haddad Maia, respectively, while the man from Castellón defeated the Portuguese Joao Sousa in three sleeves

A day of pleasant Spanish surprises in the women’s draw of the Australian Open. Cristina Bucsa, a 25-year-old Spaniard of Moldovan origin, defeated a Grand Slam winner, the Canadian Bianca Andreescu (2-6, 7-6 and 6-4) in a high-voltage match, to access the third round the first big tournament of the year. The Polish Iga Swiatek, number one in the world, will be measured in what will be the most important match of her career.

Nuria Párrizas played her first round match that was suspended on Tuesday due to the rains in Melbourne. The Grenadine subdued the Brazilian Haddad Maia, number 15 in the WTA ranking, 7-6, 6-2, to advance to a second round where she already awaits the Russian Anastasiya Potapova.

Another player who was playing his first round after the suspension on Tuesday was Roberto Bautista. The man from Castellón quickly eliminated the Portuguese Joao Sousa (6-3, 6-2 and 6-2), and will face Brandon Holt in the second round. Albert Ramos did not have the same luck against Maxime Cressy, one of the best servers on the circuit, with the American winning 7-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.

Three Spaniards are still alive in the men’s draw (Davidovich, Carreño and Bautista) and two players in the women’s (Bucsa and Párrizas). A discreet balance for the Navy in this Australian Open.

Medvedev, intratable

In the rest of the day, the victory of the Russian Daniil Medvedev against the local John Millman (7-5, 6-2 and 6-2) stands out, with a superlative level of play and becoming, after Nadal’s goodbye, the Djokovic’s main rival for the tournament.

The Greek Stéfanos Tsitsipas also defeated the Australian Rinky Hijikata in three sets (6-3, 6-0 and 6-0), while the Canadian Auger-Aliassime once again suffered more than expected to win his match against the Slovakian Alex Molcan (3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and 6-2).



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