Tennis: Kvitova sent crashing by Gavrilova

(AFP) - Double Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova was sent crashing out of the Australian Open on Wednesday by Australian Daria Gavrilova, becoming the third top-10 women's player who has flopped in Melbourne.

The out-of-sorts Czech sixth seed had no answers to a confident Gavrilova, who raced into a grand slam third round for the first time, winning 6-4, 6-4 on Margaret Court Arena.

Kvitova joined second-seed Simona Halep and eighth-seed Venus Williams on an early plane home after they were beaten in the first round. Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki was also an early tournament casualty.