In pics: Highlights of Day 4 of the Australian Open

Updated: Jan 17, 2019, 11:31 PM(IST)

Wawrinka stumbles, Serena cruises, and other news from Day 4 of the year's first Grand Slam. 

Raonic overcomes Wawrinka

Canada's Milos Raonic dropped the first set but recovered to beat Stan Wawrinka 6-7(4), 7-6(6), 7-6(11), 7-6(5) in a contest that lasted just over four hours.

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Serena cruises past Bouchard

Serena Williams, chasing a record 24th Grand Slam title, struck 20 winners and converted six break points to beat Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2.

The American, who recorded her 83rd match win at Melbourne Park, will face Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska in the third round.

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Top seed Halep fends off American Kenin

World number one Simona Halep survived an almighty scare against Sofia Kenin before she overcame the unseeded American 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4 to reach the third round. 

After blasting her way through the first set and racing to a 3-0 lead in the next, 2018 runner-up Halep appeared to step off the gas as she allowed the determined Kenin to level at 3-3 and eventually drag the contest into a decider. 

Halep battled hard in the third set and regained control with a decisive break in the ninth game before closing out the match on her second match point in two hours and 31 minutes.

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Venus Williams through to next round

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams made a late charge into the Australian Open third round, grinding out a win in her second three-set victory of the tournament. 

The unseeded 38-year-old American came back strongly to beat Alize Cornet of France 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, setting up a meeting with top seed Simona Halep.

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Osaka sails through

The US Open champion Naomi Osaka powered past unseeded Slovenian Tamara Zidansek 6-2, 6-4.

She plays Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei in the next round. 

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Nishikori made to work hard for win over Karlovic

Kei Nishikori was dragged into a five-setter for the second match in a row but the eighth seed dug deep to beat Croatian veteran Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 7-6(6), 5-7, 5-7, 7-6(7). 

The Japanese looked in control after taking a two-set lead but the 39-year-old Karlovic did not back down and levelled the contest.

Nishikori held his nerve in a tight decider to prevail in three hours and 48 minutes.

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Popyrin through as Thiem retires

Australian wildcard Alexei Popyrin advanced to the third round after seventh seed Dominic Thiem retired from the contest while trailing 7-5, 6-4, 2-0.

(Photograph:AFP)

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