Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova’s frustration boiled over as she smashed two rackets during a 7-5 7-5 defeat by fellow Czech Karolina Muchova.
Pliskova was also docked a point for racket abuse in the tunnel between the two sets. 1232 FIFTH SEED SVITOLINA INTO FOURTH ROUND
Fifth seed Elina Svitolina survived an early wobble to cruise into the fourth round with a 6-4 6-0 victory over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva on Margaret Court Arena. 1112 PLAY UNDERWAY AT EMPTY STADIUMS
Play got underway as scheduled under cloudy skies on six courts on the first Saturday of the championships, normally one of the best attended of the fortnight.
No fans will be allowed for the next five days after the Victoria government ordered a snap lockdown to try and contain an outbreak of the COVID-19 variant associated with Britain.
The state of Victoria announced one new locally-transmitted case of COVID-19 on Saturday. Reporting by Nick Mulvenney and Hardik Vyas; Editing by Michael Perry