Maria Sakkari easily wins her opening match at the Australian Open in straight sets


Days after being part of the Netflix Break Point series, Maria Sakkari turned her attention back to the job at hand at the Australian Open with a winning start to her season in a 6-1, 6-4 victory over China's Yuan Yue in 94 minutes.

As ever with Sakkari, it wasn't that simple with the Greek showing her tenacious fighting spirit to come from 3-1 down in the second set to seal it 6-4.

“I could live in this city” - Maria Sakkari loves Melbourne and calls it her home tournament. There was a large contingent of Greek-Australians here at Rod Laver Arena

"it's nice conditions, warm. The ball bounces high"

It was a superb 38 winners in all for Sakkari, and now she moves on to face Diana Schnaider in the second round, who is on debut.