Bencic beats Ostapenko as play delayed on outside courts by dust & mud


Belinda Bencic plays a backhand in her Australian Open second-round match against Jelena Ostapenko

Belinda Bencic reached the semi-closing of closing year’s US Initiate
2020 Australian Initiate
Venue:Melbourne ParkDates:20 January to 2 February
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Play modified into delayed on the surface courts at the Australian Initiate on Thursday because of the mud and mud that came down with the rain in a storm in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

The courts wanted to be energy-washed with organisers asserting the commence up would be delayed by three hours on most of them.

Play at closing began on courts three and 19 nonetheless rain then forced a suspension.

Fits started as scheduled at 00: 00 GMT on the three courts with a roof.

On Margaret Court Arena, Swiss Belinda Bencic overcame Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in a fluctuating match to the attain the third spherical.

The sixth seed, 22, misplaced four video games in a row in both sets nonetheless composed managed to place 7-5 7-5 towards the 2017 French Initiate champion.

Spain’s dilapidated world main Garbine Muguruza also improved with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Australian Ajla Tomljanovic on Rod Laver Arena.

The 26-year-frequent, now ranked 32nd, faces Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina or American Lauren Davis subsequent.

Croatia’s 19th seed Donna Vekic beat France’s Alize Cornet 6-4 6-2 on Melbourne Arena.

Briton Heather Watson’s 2nd-spherical match towards 16th seed Elise Mertens is scheduled 2nd on court docket 22.

Groundstaff cleansing the courts at Melbourne Park which had been covered by mud and sediment for the length of Wednesday’s rainfall

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