Donna Vekić cruised past #18 Liudmila Samsonova Thursday night in Melbourne, winning 6-3, 6-0 and will now play in the 3rd Round of the Australian Open. This match only lasted 66 minutes which is important as you want to keep the mileage off the legs late in Grand Slam tournaments. Vekić will now play unranked 31 year-old Spaniard Nuria Párrizas Díaz in the Round of 32. Vekić is the last Croatian player left in singles action.
Petra Martić lost in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 to #23 ranked Zhang Shuai in their 2nd Round duel. From start to finish Zhang was the better player and controlled the match. Martić will be disappointed as her next round opponent would have been an American qualifier and the road to the quarterfinals would have been a generous one.