Last year's Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin had a rough day at the office while hometown favorite Ashleigh Barty kept the dream of becoming the first Aussie women's champion in 43 years alive.
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The reigning champion saw her title defense come to an end at the hands of giant killer Kaia Kanepi. The Estonian has won her last 22 of 24 matches, and she was relentless in her 6-3, 6-2 win over the American.
"I know I couldn't really handle the pressure," Kenin said. "I'm not obviously used to this, so I just got to figure out how to play at that level that I played at. Because like today and those matches it just hasn't been there."
The Italian is through to the third round after defeating Tomas Machac 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. The world No. 10 will next face Russia's Karen Khachanov. The two have battled on three previous occasions, with Berrettini taking the cake each time. However, Saturday's match will be their first bout on an outdoor hard court.
The Russian is now on a six-match winning streak after defeating a solid Thiago Monteiro 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(8). Rublev is through to the major's third round and will face Feliciano Lopez. for the first time. Lopez upset No. 31 seed Lorenzo Sonego in five sets.
Although the Aussie was put to the test by Daria Gavrilova, Barty's bid for hometown glory continued. The 2019 Roland Garros champion posted a 6-1, 7-6(7) win to advance past her countrywoman. The world No. 1 is through to her fifth consecutive third-round appearance at her backyard Grand Slam.
On her fifth match point, the Swiss would seal the deal and grab a 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 win against two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. The No. 11 seed will next battle Elise Mertens for a spot in the major's fourth round.