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Former champions Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber turned on the style to sweep into the Australian Open second round on Tuesday, but it was curtains for lanky Canadian Milos Raonic.With temperatures heating up in Melbourne, the two Grand Slam winners wasted little time on court.

Sharapova, still working her way back from a 15-month ban for taking the performance-enhancing substance meldonium, showed glimpses of the tennis that made her a five-time major winner.The 2008 Melbourne Park champion, now ranked 48, battled past Germany’s Tatjana Maria 6-1, 6-4 and will next play either 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia or American Varvara Lepchenko.

“I cherish these moments. I love it here,” said the Russian, who returned from her drugs ban in April last year.”It’s been a couple of years and I wanted it to be really meaningful to me.”Fellow former world number one Kerber, who won the tournament in 2016, was also impressive in dismissing Anna- Lena Friedsam 6-0, 6-4.”2017, I have said goodbye already, I am not looking back,” she said after a forgettable last season that saw her relinquish the number one spot and slide down the rankings.

She is now on a 10-match win streak after a perfect early season.”I’m just trying to enjoy it again on court,” said the German, who turns 30 this week.Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova and eighth seed Caroline Garcia also progressed, in contrast to the other side of the draw that saw Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and Coco Vandeweghe crash out on Monday.

American woes continued with Madison Brengle sent packing by British ninth seed Johanna Konta.Auckland Classic champion Fernando Verdasco was among men to make the second round, with a straight-sets win over 20th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.But Raonic, who has made at least the last eight over the past three years in Melbourne, was bundled out by 86th-ranked Slovakian Lukas Lacko in four sets.It was his earliest 

Grand Slam exit in seven years as he fights back from a wrist injury.


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