It’s been a good-news day for Greece at the Australian Open today, with Maria Sakkari winning the second round in straight sets at Melbourne Park.

The 23-year-old took down her Australian opponent Astra Sharma 6-1, 6-4. The rising Greek star showed plenty of talent, causing Sharma to bow out in the second round.

Currently watching Sakkari-Sharna. Was looking pretty one-sided in favour of Sakkari until Sharma started serve volleying, which is a little unusual. Will see if it keeps working for her #AusOpen

— 🏏 🎾Evil Scootus⛷🚵‍♂️ (@evilscootus) January 16, 2019

Sakkari was the favourite to win, after beating Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko on Monday.

She joins fellow Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas who got through to the third round today, after beating his Serbian opponent Viktor Troicki in a hard-fought four sets.

Sakkari shakes hands with Sharma. Photo: AAP Image/David Crosling

There was plenty of cheering at both matches thanks to a hundred-strong Greek cheer squad.

The Maria Sakkari fan club have arrived…. #ausopen

— Jessica Ivers (@jivebong) January 14, 2019

Ma come si fa a non adorare loro e Maria #Sakkari ? Che spettacolo #EurosportTENNIS #ultras #greece #AusOpen #fans #fun

— Daniele (@Danyboy1991) January 16, 2019

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