Last Updated on January 14, 2019
The fifth racket of the world, American Sloane Stephens, took over her compatriot Taylor Townsend, which occupies the 94th line of the WTA rating, with a 6/4, 6/2 score at the start of the major in Melbourne.
The match lasted 1 hour and 7 minutes. During this time, 25-year-old Stephens never let herself through, made one double mistake and made five breaks, and 22-year-old Townsend completed three aces, twice made a mistake when serving and sold two break points.
This was the first official meeting of athletes.