Wozniacki not rushing into retirement

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    MELBOURNE. — Caroline Wozniacki refused to be rushed into retirement on Wednesday as the former world No. 1 fought back from 5-1 down in the first set to beat Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska 7-5, 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open.

    The Dane had appeared set for an early exit at Melbourne Park, the scene of her only Grand Slam triumph in 2018, but rallied to win six games in a row against the 19-year-old to take the opening set.

    World No. 1 Ash Barty overcame high winds and a potentially tricky opponent to ease into the third round with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Polona Hercog.

    Defending champion Novak Djokovic banished the ghosts of wildcards past by dispatching Japan’s Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 to sail into the third round. The world No. 2 was famously knocked out of the second round at Melbourne Park by Uzbek wildcard Denis Istomin three years ago in the upset of the tournament.

    After choking smoke from recent bushfires and torrential rains, players at Melbourne Park on Wednesday had to contend with swirling winds.

    Nothing the Australian weather could throw at her was about to put Barty off her stride, however, as she continued her quest to become the first home-grown champion at the Australian Open since Chris O’Neil at Kooyong in 1978. – Reuters