Kokkinakis and Kyrgios power into Tokyo quarterfinals
Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios are among five Australians to advance to the doubles quarterfinals at this week's Japan Open.
Reigning Australian Open champions Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios took only 47 minutes to score a first-round win at this week’s Japan Open.
The top-seeded duo lost only five points on serve in a comprehensive 6-1 6-2 victory over Japanese wildcards Yoshihito Nishioka and Kaichi Uchida.
Reigning Wimbledon champions Matt Ebden and Max Purcell have also progressed to the quarterfinals at the ATP 500 tournament.
The second seeds recorded a 6-2 7-6(4) victory over fellow Australian Alexei Popyrin and his Indian partner Ramkumar Ramanathan.
Alex de Minaur and American partner Frances Tiafoe were knocked out in their first-round clash against American Mackenzie McDonald and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo.
In singles action, James Duckworth lost in the opening round after gallantly extending world No.11 Taylor Fritz to three sets.
Duckworth’s exit leaves Kyrgios, who won this tournament in 2016, as the last Australian standing in the singles draw.
Aussies in action – Tokyo
Men’s singles, first round
 Taylor Fritz (USA) d James Duckworth (AUS) 6-2 6-7(2) 6-1
Men’s doubles, first round
 Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)/Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d [WC] Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)/Kaichi Uchida (JPN) 6-1 6-2
 Matt Ebden (AUS)/Max Purcell (AUS) d Alexei Popyrin (AUS)/Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) 6-2 7-6(4)
Mackenzie McDonald (USA)/Marcelo Melo (BRA) d Alex de Minaur (AUS)/Frances Tiafoe (USA) 6-3 6-1
Men’s singles, second round
 Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Kamil Majchrzak (POL)
Men’s doubles, quarterfinals
 Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)/Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Pedro Martinez (ESP)/Bernabe Zapata Miralles (ESP)
 Matt Ebden (AUS)/Max Purcell (AUS) v [Q] Sander Gille (BEL)/Joran Vliegen (BEL)
 John Peers (AUS)/Dan Evans (GBR) v Mackenzie McDonald (USA)/Marcelo Melo (BRA)
A knee injury has thwarted Ajla Tomljanovic’s quest to upset world No.1 Iga Swiatek in the second round at a WTA 500 tournament in Ostrava.
Swiatek was leading 7-5 2-2 when Tomljanovic was forced to retire.
“It was a great match and it’s unfortunate that something like that happened,” said Swiatek.
“I hope she recovers quickly because she’s been playing better and better, I think.”
Aussies in action – Ostrava
Women’s singles, second round
 Iga Swiatek (POL) d [Q] Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 7-5 2-2 ret.
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