DAY 1 of the Australian Open
Australian Open, the first Grand slam of the year is on the run, with glam and pump. DAY 1 of the AO was quite exciting with some shocks and drama as is often expected of such tournaments.
Former world #1 A. Ivanovic, seeded 5 at the Australian Opens shockingly lost to unseeded Lucie Hradecka in a 3 sets game 6:1 3:6 1:6. The German pros, Lisicki and kerber both lost in 3 sets. Also out is former grand slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova and 17th seed Saurrez Navarro.
On the brighter side, Nr. 2 Maria Sharapova won with ease beating P. Martic 6:4 6:1. S. Halep, seeded 3 also had a painless win in 2 sets. E. Bouchard (7) and Makarova (10) are all through.
A week after career win No. 1000, Roger Federer started off in style, winning an easy 3 sets in the opening round in Melbourne. World No.3 Rafael Nadal got back his groove and took his first game in Melbourne defeating M. Youzhny 6:3 6:2 6:2, after a disastrous come back in Doha. Nadal was quite dominating with his forehand and his backhand has improved a lot as well. After being out of the game for many months due to injury, it was quite a joy to see him play again with such fantastic strokes and spins. He did look great on court and we hope for an injury free tournament. Also through to the 2nd round are Kohlschreiber, Baghdatis, Dimitrov, Berdych and Murray.
On the dark side of things, Spaniard T. Robredo retired on first set while leading E. Roger-Vasselin of France 3:2. E. Gulbis, seeded 11, lost in a five set dramatic game against Australian T.Kokkinakis ranked 147.
Day 2 will see the likes of Stosur, Wawrinka, Djokovic, Hewitt, Almagro, Wozniacki, the Williams girls – Venus and Serena, Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon, Agnieszka Raswanska, Cornet, Cibulkova, Ferrer, Petkovic, Isner amongst others. The highlight of the day will be the game Sloane Stevens vs. Victoria Azarenka.
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