AAP Tennis

Australian Open day two snapshot

By AAP Newswire

PLAYER OF THE DAY: Marc Polmans - the 22-year-old wildcard celebrated his maiden win at a grand slam with a heart-stopping 6-4 6-3 4-6 6-7 (8-10) 6-4 victory over Mikhail Kukushkin.

STAT OF THE DAY: Fallen superstar and 2008 champion Maria Sharapova is set to spiral down to No.366 in the rankings after crashing out in the first round for the third straight grand slam, the one-time world No.1 losing this time 6-3 6-4 to Donna Vekic.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I love playing on that court, on Show Court 3. I have had some really good moments there. And, you know, the more rowdy they are, the drunker they are, the better." - John Millman after riding the support of a raucous crowd to post Australia's first win in the men's singles, a tight four-set victory over Ugo Humbert.

TOURNAMENT SUMMARY: World No.1 Rafael Nadal, fifth seed Dominic Thiem and former champion Stan Wawrinka led a procession of big guns through to the second round of the men's singles, while second seed Karolina Pliskova, fifth seed Elina Svitolina and sixth seed Belinda Bencic advanced in the women's. Polmans and fellow locals Alexei Popyrin, John Millman and Jordan Thompson joined world No.1 Ashleigh Barty in the second round.