Spain's Garbiñe Muguruza suffered a straight sets defeat to France's Alizé Cornet in the second ©Getty Images

Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza and Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit became the highest women’s seeds to exit the Australian Open after both suffering comprehensive second-round defeats in Melbourne.

Muguruza and Kontaveit, seeded third and sixth respectively, battled it out in the final of the year-end Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Finals last November, with the former crowned champion.

But the pair crashed out to inspired opponents in Australia as Muguruza lost 6-3, 6-3 to France’s world number 61 Alizé Cornet and Kontaveit was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Denmark’s world number 39 Clara Tauson.

There was also disappointment for Britain's US Open champion Emma Raducanu who went down 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to Danka Kovinić of Montenegro.

The 27-year-old, ranked number 98 in the world, had lost in the second round of six previous majors, but with the hard-fought victory became the first ever player representing Montenegro to make the last 32 at a Grand Slam.

"In general, I'm very proud to be here and to represent Montenegro as the only player in WTA or ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) on tour," said Kovinić.

"So I'm making these results and making history in tennis for Montenegro.

"It's a huge thing for me, and hopefully there will be many more kids, boys and girls, following my path in the future, which I really hope, and I will try to help them out to reach my level and to be even better than I am today."

The 19-year-old Raducanu blamed a blister on her racket hand for her disappointing performance. 

Kovinić has been awarded with a third-round meeting with former Australian Open finalist Simona Halep of Romania.

Halep dropped just two games in a 6-2, 6-0 mauling of Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia in just over an hour.

She is the only player remaining in the bottom half of the draw to have made the Australian Open final before having finished runner-up in 2018.

Like Halep, 2020 French Open champion Iga Świątek of Poland produced a ruthless performance as she thumped Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson 6-2, 6-2.

Second seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus was forced to dig deep in a comeback 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over China’s Wang Xinyu.

There were emotional scenes on the Kia Arena where Australia’s Samantha Stosur’s singles career came to an end.

The 37-year-old former US Open champion lost 6-2, 6-2 to Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

In the men’s draw, five-time finalist, Britain's Sir Andy Murray slumped to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 defeat to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel.

World number two Daniil Medvedev of Russia and fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece both dropped a set before booking their place into the third round.

Medvedev proved too strong for home favourite Nick Kyrios as he registered a 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 triumph in front of a raucous Rod Laver Arena crowd.

Tsitsipas battled hard to overcome plucky Argentine Sebastian Baez 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.

"It wasn’t easy, but I am glad I overcame that obstacle today," said Tsitsipas.

"Lots of fighting, a little bit of swearing, but I am glad to be in the third round.

"It was a pretty hot day today, but I tried to play with my heart and it paid off in the end."

Fifth seed Andrey Rublev of Russia looked in superb form as he dismissed Ričardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-4, 6-2, 6-0.

Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime was another top 10 seed to advance as he edged past Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.

Competition is due to continue tomorrow.