Defending champion Naomi Osaka threw her racket, tossed a ball and kicked the racket again for good measure before sitting with a towel over her head. She sensed the crowd was looking for drama, and she gave them some.
Osaka pulled it together quickly in a swirling breeze on Margaret Court Arena and beat Zheng Saisai 6-2, 6-4 on Tuesday to advance to the third round of the Australian Open.
On the adjoining show court, 2019 runner-up Petra Kvitova held her composure when she faced three set points before winning 13 of the next 15 points to beat Paula Badosa 7-5, 7-5.
On Day 3, the lineup on the show courts was full of major winners. French Open champion and No. 1-seeded Ash Barty defeated Polona Hercog 6-1, 6-4 on Rod Laver, the center court.
In other women's matches: Coco Gauff beat Sorana Cirstea 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to set up a third-round match against Osaka. Caroline Wozniacki continued her farewell tournament by beating Dayana Yastremska 7-5, 7-5 on her sixth match point.
In men's play, Novak Djokovic defeated Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.
Vandy hires Udeze
Former Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze, who served on the staff for LSU's recent national championship run, has been hired as Vanderbilt's linebacker coach, head coach Derek Mason announced.
"I have had nothing but the utmost respect for Kenechi Udeze as a student-athlete, professional player and a proven coach," said Mason. "When he played for the Minnesota Vikings during my time as a defensive assistant with the organization, it was evident that he was a true student of the game. His career path and success speak for itself, and we're excited to have him join our program."
Udeze assisted Tiger defensive coordinator Dave Aranda as an analyst during LSU's 15-0 campaign capped by an impressive 42-25 victory over Clemson in the title game.
... Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had surgery to repair a core muscle injury. Beckham played most of his first season in Cleveland with a sports hernia. Beckham, who was acquired in March in a blockbuster trade, had 74 catches for 1,035 yards last season. But he scored just four touchdowns, his fewest in a full season.
AROUND THE HORN
Baseball: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had what the team called a "significant setback" while rehabbing his left knee, the latest blow to the four-time All-Star's attempt to return to the field. The 2008 American League MVP, the 36-year-old has been struggling since Baltimore's Manny Machado slid into the surgically repaired knee at second base on April 21, 2017.
... Free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna and the Braves reached an $18 million, one-year deal. The 29-year-old Ozuna hit .241 with 29 home runs and 89 RBI last season for the Cardinals, who beat the Braves in the NLDS last year.
Skiing: Super-G world champion Dominik Paris will miss the rest of the Alpine skiing season after tearing his ACL in his right knee and fracturing his fibula in a training accident in Austria.
Soccer: Atlanta United surrendered another big part of its MLS Cup-winning squad, trading midfielder Julian Gressel to D.C. United on Tuesday after failing to reach agreement on a new contract. The 26-year-old Gressel scored 15 goals and added a franchise-high 35 assists over the past three seasons.