Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty make strong starts to season at Australian Open warm-up event

Three-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka

The Japanese second seed said: “I was definitely really nervous going into it. But I’m really happy with how positive I was throughout the match.”

In the third round Osaka will face Britain’s Katie Boulter, who upset Coco Gauff 3-6 7-5 6-2.

French Open champion Iga Swiatek was playing her first match as a Slam winner and made a nervous start against Kaja Juvan but recovered to win 2-6 6-2 6-1.

Fifth seed Johanna Konta eased to a 6-2 6-3 win over Bernarda Pera but fourth seed Aryna Sabalenka, who was on a 15-match winning streak, was surprisingly beaten 6-1 2-6 6-1 by Kaia Kanepi.

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