DAY 1 of the Australian Open

AO Melbourne 2015

AO Melbourne 2015

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.

Sharapova AO 2015

Sharapova AO 2015

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.

Rafa Nadal AO 2015

Rafa Nadal AO 2015

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.

Follow the Last Immigrant for game summaries and all the drama in Melbourne.

Li Na officially opens Australian Open 2015 in a special presentation before the night session on centre court at Rod Laver Arena

Li Na officially opens Australian Open 2015 in a special presentation before the night session on centre court at Rod Laver Arena

About The Last Immigrant

The Last Immigrant is about writing - writing all about journeys, passion, perception(s). It is about leaving home and travelling beyond, over the seas and above the horizons; of experiences in the foreign and the unknown. Of my view, her view, their view, our views. An enthusiast reader of books, fiction and non-fiction alike, books and stories have been an integral part of my life from the time I was about 8 years old. My passion for literature accompanied me all my life through school and university. With me, you can discuss books from all eras and genres, be it the classics, post-colonial, Victorian, Comedy, Tragedy, Contemporary etc. I don’t limit myself in the world of books. My preferences are the Novel and Short story, but bring on Drama or poetry and I will give it a go. I will be sharing a lot about books in this blog. Books I have read, my take on them, recommendations from me, friends etc. You can follow me on Book Read to see what I am currently reading. I sometimes write short stories and poetry. I will be sharing some of my stories on this blog. Being a mom of 2 teenagers, it is difficult to delve full time into writing; but I try as best as I can to create time for this alongside juggling family and work life. Hope you enjoy the stories. Sports, oh boy, don’t I love sports. I am an avid lover of tennis, football and Formula 1. My favourite tennis players happen to be Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. I will go sleepless nights singing praises for my beloved FC Bayern München. In car racing, no one drives a car like Lewis Hamilton. You will be getting my take on these great athletes and many others on these pages. Travelling happen to be one of my hobbies as well. I will try and share with you some of the interesting places I go to with a literary twist to it. All in all, you will be getting just about anything that ticks Mbole. I hope you enjoy the blog and please leave comments and notes. Have a pleasant ride in The Last Immigrant’s world and thoughts. Thank you for passing by. Mbole D Nnane The Last Immigrant.

Posted on January 19, 2015, in Sports and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nadal played a great game vs Youzhny.

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