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  1. After first-round exits -- again -- for both Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams, how much longer can they hang on? And why would they want to?
  2. Success has raised the bar for No. 4 seed Daniil Medvedev, and the Russian is putting his first Grand Slam title in sight in Melbourne.
  3. Nick Kyrgios' first-round match at the Australian Open was as Kyrgios as you could possibly get, but in the end he prevailed and booked his place in the second round.
  4. Britain's Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund have both been knocked out of the Australian Open in the opening round after suffering straight sets defeats in Melbourne.
  5. Rafael Nadal recorded a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 win over Hugo Dellien in his first competitive match back at Rod Laver Arena since he lost the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic last year.
  6. Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas has urged his fans to be more respectful when attending his matches at the Australian Open.
  7. Maria Sharapova, who received a wild card for the main draw at Melbourne Park after her year-end ranking slipped to 136 in 2019, lost her first-round match to Donna Vekic on Tuesday at the Australian Open.
  8. No. 1 seed Ash Barty survived an early scare against Lesia Tsurenko, but she advanced to the second round of the Australian Open with a three-set win.
  9. The biggest issue related to playing conditions on Day 1 at the Australian Open was heavy rain -- which, hopefully, will also help tamp down destructive wildfires that have been spreading smoke to Melbourne.
  10. The former world No. 1, retiring at 29 because of rheumatoid arthritis, has given her all every time out -- and her final event is no exception.
  11. Coco Gauff made a strong statement in her opening-round victory over Venus Williams in Melbourne: The 15-year-old American fears no one.
  12. As smoke from nearby fires affects the air quality in Melbourne, what protocols do officials have in place to protect players, fans and staff?
  13. As the Australian Open is set to begin, there is something tone-deaf about the idea of playing tennis while a country burns. Athletes are raising money for relief efforts, but it's not enough. It's time for them to raise their voices about climate change.
  14. There's a reason why #Millmania trends on Twitter during January; one of Australian tennis' biggest cult figures is extremely likable, writes Matt Walsh.

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