Melbourne, Australia – On a day full of classification, the best seeder, Ana Bogdan, continued her search for the main draw with a loss in straight sets of the Australian wild card Ivana Popovic.
The Romanian won a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory, sending seven aces and earning 73 percent of the points in her first service.
Wimbledon’s former finalist, Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, defeated Chinese You Xiadodi 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 in what turned out to be an epic, which lasted almost three hours.
Although he served four aces to Bouchard’s zero and reached 42 winners against 35 of his opponent, he was ultimately capitalizing on the break-point opportunities that made the difference, although Bouchard converted only seven of his 18, he won only six of its 23 break points.
In other places, it was largely a good day for the seeds. Francesca Di Lorenzo beat Austrian Julia Grabher 6-3, 6-2; the ninth seed Ysaline Bonaventure beat the wild card Diane Parry 6-2, 7-5; Aliona Bolsova, the eighth seed, beat Pemra Ozgen 6-2, 6-3; Varvara Flink, seeded 16th, beat Oceane Dodin 7-6 (3), 6-3; 24th seed Wang Xiyu beat Richel Hogenkamp 6-3, 6-2; and Stefanie Voegele, the eleventh seed, also moved on.
Monica Niculescu was another seed that achieved a victory in straight sets, beating Anhelina Kalinina 7-6 (7), 6-2, taking four of her six break opportunities.
Of the Australian contingent, there were victories for Destanee Aiava, beating Kamila Rakhimova 6-4, 6-2; and Maddison Inglis also achieved a victory in the most complicated game, beating Rebecca Sramkova 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 (17).
Tuesday was the first day of qualifying action in Melbourne. There are two rounds of games before the final, of which 16 players will progress.