Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Aussies go down under

The 1st round at the Australian open has been completed and it has not been without upsets.  Samantha Stosur has never been past the 4th round at her home grand slam and she won’t again this year losing to Sorana Cristea 7-6(2), 6-3 in a match full of Stosur’s 33 errors.  Stosur was not the only grand slam champion 0f 2011 to lose early in the next grand slam – Kim Clijsters lost second round at the French Open, Li Na lost second round at Wimbledon and Kvitova lost first round at the US Open.   On the men’s side of the draw things looked slightly better.  Lleyton Hewitt set up a second round clash against Andy Roddick, but his energy levels may be diminished after a tough 4 set match which lasted 3hr and 18 minutes.  Bernard Tomic won his 1st match yesterday with a stunning fight back against Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.  The 19 year will be looking to do well at his home grand slam and further his run with a win against Sam Querry, the very beatable American who is slowly climbing his way back up the rankings. 
Andy Murray managed a 4 set win over the American teenager, Ryan Harrison, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 6-2. It was a tough match to get through especially with it being ferociously hot but this could stand the Brit well in the latter parts of the tournament...if he gets there.
Djokovic, Federer and Nadal also came through their matches along with Clijsters, Kvitova, Sharapova and Williams. 

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