Belarusian Alexandra Sasnovich launched her participation in the season's first Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open, with a victory. Currently world's N56, she beat WTA's 73rd racket, American Christine McHale with a score of 6:3, 6:2. In the upcoming round Sasnovich will face the winner of the match between Lucic-Baroni and Shelby Rogers. Today Belarus also roots for the finalist of the Federation Cup Aryna Sabalenka, who will play her career's first at the central court with the WTA number 18, Australia's Ashley Barty.