Alex de Minaur’s perfect start to 2021 season
Alex de Minaur storms into the second round at an ATP tournament in Turkey, only losing seven points on serve in a dominant victory.
Australia’s Alex de Minaur only needed 61 minutes to score his first win of the 2021 season, sweeping aside Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-2 6-1 in Antalya today.
The world No.23-ranked De Minaur lost only seven points on serve and did not face a break point in his first-round match.
After his dominant display, De Minaur will face No.564-ranked qualifer Adrian Andreev in the second round.
It is the 21-year-old De Minaur’s first career meeting against the 19-year-old Bulgarian, who scored his first ATP-level win this week against Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan in the opening round.
Men’s singles, first round
 Alex de Minaur (AUS) d Malek Jaziri (TUN) 6-2 6-1
Men’s singles, second round
 Alex de Minaur (AUS) v [Q] Adrian Andreev (BUL)
“You actually had to tell him to go home, otherwise he would have stayed on court all day if he could."
— TennisAustralia (@TennisAustralia) January 8, 2021
World No.10 Aryna Sabalenka has eliminated Ajla Tomljanovic in the second round of a WTA 500 tournament in Abu Dhabi.
The fourth-seeded Sabalenka recorded a 7-5 6-4 win against the 27-year-old Australian, hitting 28 winners in the one-hour, 36-minute victory. It extends their head-to-head record to 3-1 in Sabalenka’s favour.
The Belarusian has now won 11 consecutive matches, a winning streak stretching back to October.
Tomljanovic returned to the court later in the day, teaming with reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in doubles. The duo scored a 4-6 7-5 [10-7] victory against Greece’s Maria Sakkari and Croatia’s Donna Vekic.
Women’s singles, second round
 Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) d Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 7-5 6-4
Women’s doubles, first round
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS)/Sofia Kenin (USA) d Maria Sakkari (GRE)/Donna Vekic (CRO) 4-6 7-5 [10-7]
Women’s doubles, second round
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS)/Sofia Kenin (USA) v  Xu Yifan (CHN)/ Yang Zhaoxuan (CHN)