MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local):
Mostly sunny skies returned to Melbourne Park on Tuesday for Day 2 of the Australian Open, a welcome change from the deluge of rain showers Monday that forced suspension of dozens of matches.
As a result organizers started play on outside courts a half-hour early while matches on the three covered main courts were scheduled to begin at their regular time. Leading off the day on Rod Laver Arena was second-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who played Kristina Mladenovic.
Next up was 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova, who needed a wild- card entry after a series of injuries forced her off the tour and saw her ranking slide. She plays 19th-seeded Donna Vekic.
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal makes his first appearance in the final day match Rod Laver Arena against Hugo Dellien.
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