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Reigning champions Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler cost into the second spherical of the Australian Open 2024 males’s doubles competitors.

Melbourne, Australia, 19 January 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Defending champions Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler have made a profitable begin to their males’s doubles marketing campaign at Australian Open 2024.

The sixteenth seeds scored a cushty 6-2 6-4 victory in opposition to fellow Australian Chris O’Connell and his Serbian associate Laslo Djere in opening-round motion as we speak at Melbourne Park.

The 22-year-old Hijikata and 30-year-old Kubler didn’t drop a service sport within the 70-minute encounter.

This retains their unbeaten document as a workforce intact on the match and extends their profitable streak at Melbourne Park to seven matches.

“It was good to be again right here taking part in,” Hijikata mentioned.

“I believe each of us had a troublesome one in singles, so simply to be on the market once more was good enjoyable. It was a very good environment. It was fairly packed on the market.”

One other all-Aussie duo, Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson, have additionally superior to the second spherical.

The 25-year-old Purcell and 29-year-old Thompson held off a late problem from Austrian pair Alexander Erler and Lucas Miedler to document a 6-2 7-6(8) victory.

This units up a second-round rematch with the seventh seeds, Hugo Nys of Monaco and Jan Zielinski from Poland.

These two groups confronted off in the identical stage ultimately 12 months’s Australian Open, with Nys and Zielinksi profitable a decent three-set battle after which going onto attain the ultimate.

Hijikata believes that Purcell and Thompson might be title contenders this fortnight.

“I believe they might be the third straight Aussie pair to win the match, if I’m trustworthy,” he mentioned.

“I received to play with Max in Tokyo, and I’ve seen Thommo play a ton. They’re each unbelievable doubles gamers. Each have actually good serves. I believe they’re going to be fairly robust to beat.

“Now that they’re each out of singles, they’ll most likely deal with their dubs a bit extra. I’d say they’re an excellent shot to go deep.”

World No.4 Matt Ebden and his Indian associate Rohan Bopanna secured their place within the third spherical. Nevertheless, it got here on the expense of Aussie wildcards John Millman and Edward Winter.

Ebden and Bopanna scored a 6-2 6-4 victory, which ended Millman’s skilled taking part in profession.

The 34-year-old was honoured on court docket after the match, with Tennis Australia Chief Govt Officer Craig Tiley making a particular presentation to the Aussie favorite.

Aussies in motion – Australian Open

Males’s doubles, first spherical
[16] Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/Jason Kubler (AUS) Chris O’Connell (AUS)/Laslo Djere (SRB) 6-2 6-4
Max Purcell (AUS)/Jordan Thompson (AUS) d Alexander Erler (AUT)/Lucas Miedler (AUT) 6-2 7-6(8)
John-Patrick Smith (AUS)/Andreas Mies (GER) d Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)/Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4

Males’s doubles, second spherical
[2] Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) d [WC] John Millman (AUS)/Edward Winter (AUS) 6-2 6-4
[6] Maximo Gonzalez (ARG)/Andreas Molteni (ARG) d Aleksandar Vukic (AUS)/Nuno Borges (POR) walkover
[14] Wesley Koolhof (NED)/Nikola Mektic (CRO) d John Friends (AUS)/Harri Heliovaara (FIN) 6-1 6-4

Ladies’s doubles, second spherical
[2] Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE)/Elise Mertens (BEL) d [WC] Daria Saville (AUS)/Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-1 6-1
[11] Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)/Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) d [WC] Kimberly Birrell (AUS)/Olivia Gadecki (AUS) 3-6 7-6(8) 6-3
Ekaterina Alexandrova/Anna Kalinskaya d [WC] Taylah Preston (AUS)/Arina Rodionova (AUS) 6-2 6-3

Blended doubles, first spherical
[WC] Jaimee Fourlis (AUS)/Andrew Harris (AUS) d Anna Danilina (KAZ)/Andres Molteni (ARG) 6-4 6-4
[5] Laura Siegemund (GER)/Sander Gille (BEL) d [WC] Arina Rodionova (AUS)/Max Purcell (AUS) 6-2 6-4
[6] Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)/Nathaniel Lammons (USA) d [WC] Priscilla Hon (AUS)/Adam Walton (AUS) 6-3 6-2
[7] Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA)/Kevin Krawietz (GER) d [WC] Maya Joint (AUS)/Dane Sweeny (AUS) 6-2 6-4

Males’s doubles, second spherical
[16] Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/Jason Kubler (AUS)
v Yannick Hanfmann (GER)/Dominik Koepfer (GER)
John-Patrick Smith (AUS)/Andreas Mies (GER) v [4] Marcel Granollers (ESP)/Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
Max Purcell (AUS)/Jordan Thompson (AUS)
v [7] Hugo Nys (MON)/Jan Zielinksi (POL)

Males’s doubles, third spherical
[2] Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) v [14] Wesley Koolhof (NED)/Nikola Mektic (CRO)

> VIEW: Australian Open 2024 males’s doubles draw

Ladies’s doubles, second spherical
[3] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Katerina Siniakova (CZE) v [WC] Destanee Aiava (AUS)/Maddison Inglis (AUS)

> VIEW: Australian Open 2024 ladies’s doubles draw

Blended doubles, first spherical
[1] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Matt Ebden (AUS) v Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)/Mate Pavic (CRO)
[8] Ellen Perez (AUS)/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) v Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR)/Harri Heliovaara (FIN)
[WC] Kimberly Birrell (AUS)/John Friends (AUS) v [3] Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE)/Jan Zielinski (POL)
[WC] Olivia Gadecki (AUS)/Marc Polmans (AUS) v [4] Chan Hao-Ching (TPE)/Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)
[WC] Daria Saville (AUS)/Luke Saville (AUS) v Liudmila Samsonova/Andrea Vavassori (ITA)

Blended doubles, second spherical
[WC] Jaimee Fourlis (AUS)/Andrew Harris (AUS) v TBC

> VIEW: Australian Open 2024 blended doubles draw

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