18 Jan 2017

Three NZ doubles players win Aus Open first round

8:15 pm on 18 January 2017

All three New Zealanders in the first round of the men's doubles at the Australian Open have made the second round.

Artem Sitak, Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell all won their respective first-round matches in straight sets on Wednesday afternoon.

The New Zealand tennis player Artem Sitak

New Zealand tennis player Artem Sitak Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Sitak and his American partner Nicholas Monroe cruised into the second round with a 6-3 7-5 win over Austrian Philipp Oswald and American James Cerretani, with the match taking just one hour and four minutes to complete.

Marcus Daniell and his Brazilian partner Marcello Demoliner, who made it to the semi-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland last week, beat Argentina's Guillermo Duran and the ASB Classic singles runner-up Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-6 6-4.

New Zealand's top-ranked doubles player, Michael Venus, and partner Robert Linstedt from Sweden also won their match in straight sets.

But their German opponents, Andre Begemann and Jan-Lennard Struff, forced both sets to a tie-break before Venus and Linstedt could claim victory.

All three pairings will play again on Friday.