Tennis: Qualifier Ito crashes out on 1st day of Australian Open

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Japan's Tatsuma Ito crashed out in the first round in straight sets as the Australian Open got under way on Monday.

The 30-year-old, playing in a Grand Slam singles draw for the first time since he last played here in 2016, has not reached the second round at a major since the 2014 U.S. Open.

Ito, ranked 151st in the world, lost to fellow qualifier Daniel Evans of Britain 7-5, 6-1, 7-6(8) in 2 hours, 35 minutes. The 28-year-old Evans is ranked 189th.