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Dan Evans celebrates reaching new career-high with victory in Adelaide

Dan Evans wins in Adelaide but Cam Norrie exits the ASB Classic in Auckland; Heather Watson wins in Hobart

Dan Evans of Great Britain celebrates winning his singles match against Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina during day two of the 2020 Adelaide International at Memorial Drive on January 13, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia.
Image: Dan Evans will be seeded at the upcoming Australian Open

British No 1 Dan Evans celebrated reaching a career-high 33 by advancing to the second round of the Adelaide International after beating Argentina's Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2 6-4.

Evans' impressive form for Great Britain at the ATP Cup has earned him his first Grand-Slam seeding at the upcoming Australian Open in Melbourne.

The 29-year-old was impressive in dispatching Londero, breaking four times on his way to victory in an hour and 25 minutes.

He will now face Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik in the last 16.

Jeremy Chardy of France beat his countryman Gilles Simon 6-3 7-5, Sam Querrey defeated Gregoire Barrere 6-7 (4) 6-2 7-6 (5), while Alex De Minaur withdrew from the tournament on Monday citing an abdominal injury.

Seven-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic had already pulled out of the Adelaide tournament.

At the ASB Classic in Auckland, there was an early exit for British No Cameron Norrie.

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Norrie, who grew up in New Zealand, suffered a straight-sets defeat at the hands of qualifier Thiago Monteiro in the first round.

The 25-year-old Brazilian ranked 87th in the world, edged the opening set on a tie-break before breaking Norrie twice in the second set to secure a 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 victory.

Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia serves against Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan during their women's singles first round match at the Adelaide International tennis tournament in Adelaide on January 13, 2020.
Image: Ajla Tomljanovic set up a meeting with Wimbledon champion Simona Halep

In the women's singles, world No 37 Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan lost 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.

Putintseva exchanged words with the umpire and threw her racket on the court at the end of the first set after incidents involving movement in the corporate boxes and security distracted her.

Tomljanovic now faces a second-round clash with Wimbledon champion Simona Halep.

Sofia Kenin of the US beat Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland 6-0 6-4 and Russia's Daria Kasatkina was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

America's Danielle Collins beat Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3 6-2, and Latvian Anastasija Sevastova lost 6-4 1-6 3-6 to Croatia's Donna Vekic.

At the Hobart International, British No 2 Heather Watson battled back from a set down to beat Switzerland's Jil Teichmann.

The 27-year-old won 1-6 6-4 6-4 against the world No 67 in just under two hours and will face Fiona Ferro in the last 16.

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