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2021 Adelaide International: Day 1 of qualifiers sees Americans and Aussies dominate

THE Adelaide International qualifying rounds have begun, with a flurry of American and Australian competitors taking the court in South Australia and at least one player from each of the two nations playing in each match. They combined for eight of the 12 winners on the day, including top seed youngster Coco Gauff and unseeded wildcard Storm Sanders, who disposed of second seed American Bernarda Pera in three sets.

In an interesting stat, the top four seeds all hailed from the United States, with just Pera falling from that group. Gauff was clinical in her encounter with Great Britain’s Francesca Jones, disposing of the Brit in 64 minutes and joined by Madison BrengleChristina McHale and Caty McNally on the winners list. Also hailing from the United States but falling in the first round was Asia Muhammad, who stole the first set from Italian Jasmine Paolini but eventually fell in the lone two-plus hour encounters of the day, going down to the sixth seed 4-6 6-3 7-6.

Heading to the Australian winners, and it was Maddison InglisAstra Sharma and Ellen Perez who joined Sanders in the second round, with Inglis knocking compatriot Belinda Woolcock out of the running. Destanee AiavaArina RodionovaLizette CabreraIvana Popovic and Kimberly Birrell will all remain on the sidelines on home soil, unlucky to all draw seeds. Sanders and Sharma impressed with their three set victories over Pera and Lesia Tsurenko showing plenty of intent ahead of the second round.

The remaining non American or Australian winners included Liudmila SamsonovaMisaki Doi and Kaja Juvan, as all three competitors claimed straight set wins over homegrown talent.

The qualifiers will continue today with the first round beginning on Tuesday.

Australian Open Women’s Round of 128 wrap: Barty dominates as Sherif first Egyptian woman to make it to grand slam second round

A flurry of exciting players joined the Australian Open fray on Day 2 of proceedings at Melbourne Park, with world number one Ash Barty making her Open return in smashing fashion, while the likes of Sofia KeninElina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova all came out flying as the top seeds of the day. In a highly competitive day of action – with nine matches going to three sets and four of those hitting the two-hour and 30-minute mark – just a couple of seeded competitors fell, with 12th seed Victoria Azarenka leading the pack after an excellent outing from American Jessica Pegula, while Johanna Konta retired from her 6-4 0-2 encounter with Slovenian Kaja JuvanPetra Martic struggled to maintain composure after Serbian qualifier Olga Danilovic took out the first set tiebreaker, eventually going down 7-5 3-6 6-4, while Maria Sakkari was error-ridden in defeat, and 31st seed Zhang Saisai was exposed by American Ann Li who hit 22 winners to Zhang’s two to come away with a 6-2 6-0 victory in 47 minutes.

But while a 47-minute victory was one thing, Barty’s 6-0 6-0 utter domination of Danka Kovinic was another, with the Australian disposing of the world number 82 in just 44 minutes. Collecting 10 winners for five unforced error’s compared to Kovinic’s three and 28, Barty dismantled her opposition on home soil and proved far too good for the Montenegrin, who spent 20,120 minutes in hotel quarantine in Melbourne for a devastating 44 minutes of play. Barty is joined by a couple of compatriots in the second round, as Daria Gavrilova and Sam Stosur were both successful on their opening day. World number 387 Gavrilova stunned 64th ranked Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo on return with a 6-1 first set setting up a straight sets 6-1 7-5 victory, while Stosur downed compatriot Destanee Aiava 6-4 6-4. Kenin’s outing against fellow Australian Maddison Inglis may not have been quite as dominant, but she still came away with a classy 7-5 6-4 victory over the Australian who is still yet to win an match on the WTA Tour, while a duo of green and gold wildcards in Astra Sharma and Arina Rodionova will join Inglis and Aiava on the sidelines.

Mayar Sherif became the first Egyptian woman to make it past the first round at a Grand Slam with her 7-5 7-5 victory over Frenchwoman Chloe Paquet, joined by Danilovic and Liudmila Samsonova as the only qualifiers to make it through the day, while young gun Coco Gauff continued her running grand slam form with a 6-3 6-2 sweep of Jil Teichmann to head into yet another second round at a major tournament. Powerhouses Pliskova and Svitolina may have had supremely different playing times – 47 minutes and two hours, respectively – but both also head into the second round, after disposing of Jasmine Paolini and Marie Bouzkova, while the seeded duo is joined in the second round by a flurry of top talent as 2020 Australian Open runner up Garbine MuguruzaBelinda BencicElise Mertens and Anett Kontaveit all came away with excellent wins, as did Jennifer Brady, Karolina MuchovaYulia PutintsevaDonna Vekic and Ekaterina Alexandrova with all bar five seeds making it out alive on Day 2 of the Open.

The second round of action begins at Melbourne Park today, with the day session headlined by the likes of Serena Williams and Bianca Andreescu, while the night session will see Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep take the court against unseeded opposition in Caroline Garcia and Ajla TomljanovicVenus Williams will look to continue her run when she takes on Italian qualifier Sara Errani, while Iga Swiatek will take on Errani’s higher ranked compatriot Camila Giorgi.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN WOMEN’S ROUND OF 128 RESULTS:

[1] Ash Barty (AUS) defeated Danka Kovinic (MON) 6-0 6-0
[4] Sofia Kenin (USA) defeated [WC] Maddison Inglis (AUS) 7-5 6-4
[5] Elina Svitolina (UKR) defeated Marie Bouzkova (CZE) 6-3 7-6
[6] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) defeated Jasmine Paolini (ITA) 6-0 6-2
[11] Belinda Bencic (SUI) defeated Lauren Davis (USA) 6-3 4-6 6-1
Jessica Pegula (USA) defeated [12] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 7-5 6-4
Kaja Juvan (SLO) defeated [13] Johanna Konta (GBR) 4-6 2-0 RET
[14] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) defeated [LL] Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 6-4 6-0
[Q] Olga Danilovic (SRB) defeated [16] Petra Martic (CRO) 7-5 3-6 6-4
[18] Elise Mertens (BEL) defeated Leylah Fernandez (CAN) 6-1 6-3
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) defeated [20] Maria Sakkari (GRE) 6-2 0-6 6-3
[21] Anett Kontaveit (EST) defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 7-5 6-2
[22] Jennifer Brady (USA) defeated Aliona Bolsova (ESP) 6-1 6-3
[25] Karolina Muchova (CZE) defeated Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 7-5 6-2
[26] Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) defeated Sloane Stephens (USA) 4-6 6-2 6-3
[28] Donna Vekic (CRO) defeated Wang Yifan (CHN) 4-6 6-3 6-4
[29] Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) defeated Martina Trevisan (ITA) 6-3 6-4
Ann Li (USA) defeated [31] Zhang Saisai (CHN) 6-2 6-0
Coco Gauff (USA) defeated Jil Teichmann (SUI) 6-3 6-2
[WC] Daria Gavrilova (AUS) defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 6-1 7-5
Danielle Collins (USA) defeated Ana Bogdan (ROU) 6-3 6-1
Nao Hibino (JPN) defeated [WC] Astra Sharma (AUS) 2-6 6-3 7-5
Madison Brengle (USA) defeated [WC] Arina Rodionova (AUS) 6-1 6-2
Kaia Kanepi (EST) defeated Anastasija Sevastova (EST) 6-3 6-1
Heather Watson (GBR) defeated Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 7-6 7-6
[Q] Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) defeated Paula Badosa (ESP) 6-7 7-6 7-5
Nadia Podoroska (ARG) defeated Christina McHale (USA) 6-4 6-4
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) defeated Barbora Strycova (CZE) 6-2 6-2
Zhu Lin (CHN) defeated [Q] Whitney Osuigwe (USA) 6-1 6-1
[WC] Sam Stosur (AUS) defeated [WC] Destanee Aiava (AUS) 6-4 6-4
[Q] Mayar Sherif (EGY) defeated [Q] Chloe Paquet (FRA) 7-5 7-5
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) defeated [Q] Clara Burel (FRA) 4-6 6-3 6-4
Shelby Rogers (USA) defeated [Q] Francesca Jones (GBR) 6-4 6-1
Mona Barthel (GER) defeated [Q] Elisabetta Cocciaretto (ITA) 3-6 6-4 6-4

WTA 500 wraps: Ash Barty returns to the court as 2020 Grand Slam champions make their mark

ANOTHER huge day at the two WTA 500 tournaments was had as the Round of 32 continued in the lead up to the Australian Open next week. Ash Barty made a triumphant return to the court at the Yarra Vally Classic for the first time since early 2020, while a number of seeds fell at the Gippsland Trophy in a less predictable day on the track.

At the Yarra Valley Classic, Barty led the charge as the top seed and did not disappoint with her 6-3 6-3 sweep of Romanian Ana Bogdan. She will be joined in the Round of 16 with all six other seeds from the day after a successful showing from the top talent on the park, with 2020 Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin ultimately having the easiest outing of the day with a one-set victory after Italian Camila Giorgi retired. The second seed American’s Australian Open runner up Garbine Muguruza came away with a classy 6-2 6-0 victory over Belgian Alison van Uytvanck, while Kenin’s compatriot Jessica Pegula joined the Round of 16 after disposing of German Mona Barthel. Meanwhile, Argentinian Nadia Podoroska was also successful downing Greet Minnen.

A couple of Czech Republic and Russian representatives were also successful, seeing Czech seeds Petra Kvitova (fourth) and Marie Bouzkova (16th) dispose of Venus Williams and Aliona Bolsova respectively, while Russians Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (11th seed) and Vera Zvonareva also reigned supreme, albeit in less tighter matches than the Czech duo, who were both taken to two hours before shaking their respective opposition.

YARRA VALLEY CLASSIC ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[1] Ash Barty (AUS) defeated Ana Bogdan (ROM) 6-3 6-3
[2] Sofia Kenin (USA) defeated Camila Giorgi (ITA) 7-5 RET
[4] Petra Kvitova (CZE) defeated Venus Williams (USA) 7-6 7-5
[6] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) defeated Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 6-2 6-0
[11] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) defeated Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 6-0 6-3
[14] Nadia Podoroska (ARG) defeated Greet Minnen (BEL) 6-3 6-4
[16] Marie Bouzkova (CZE) defeated Aliona Bolsova (ESP) 6-3 6-7 6-2
Vera Zvonareva (RUS) defeated Caroline Dolehide (USA) 6-2 6-4
Jessica Pegula (USA) defeated Mona Barthel (GER) 6-4 7-5

At the Gippsland Trophy, results were far less predictable with the big loss of the day coming from fourth seed Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who was upset by 94th ranked Estonian Kaia Kanepi in a blistering 6-1 2-6 6-1 outing. Elsewhere, a couple of 2020 Grand Slam title-holders continued their excellent runs as Iga Swiatek and Naomi Osaka got their 2021 seasons on track straight away. Roland Garros champion Swiatek had a sloppy first set, before regaining confidence and the upper hand over Slovenian Kaja Juvan to come out victorious, 2-6 6-2 6-1 in one hour and 45 minutes. US Open victor Osaka completed her 6-2 6-2 sweep of Frenchwoman Alize Cornet in just 71 minutes, collecting her 12th straight win and her first since the US Open final last September.

Sabalenka was not the only seed to fall during the Round of 32, with young gun Coco Gauff going down to 24-year-old Brit Katie Boulter, who stands a whopping 323 ranks behind the 16-year-old American prodigy. Polona Hercog also fell to a lower ranked opposition in Russian Daria Kasatkina, while turning to successful seeds, and it was go, go, go for the likes of fifth seed Johanna Konta and 16th seed Laura Siegmund who came away with two of the quickest victories of the day over Bernarda Pera and Destanee Aiava, respectively. In other games, Carolina Garcia downed Timea Babos and Irina-Camelia Begu outlasted a hungry Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the only match of the day that went more than two hours, coming away with the 5-7 6-4 6-4 victory in two hours and 35 minutes.

GIPPSLAND TROPHY ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[2] Naomi Osaka (JPN) defeated Alize Cornet (FRA) 6-2 6-2
Kaia Kanepi (EST) defeated [4] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 6-1 2-6 6-1
[5] Johanna Konta (GBR) defeated Bernarda Pera (USA) 6-2 6-3
[6] Iga Swiatek (POL) defeated Kaja Juvan (SLO) 2-6 6-2 6-1
[12] Caroline Garcia (FRA) defeated Timea Babos (HUN) 6-4 6-4
Katie Boulter (GBR) defeated [14] Coco Gauff (USA) 3-6 7-5 6-2
Daria Kasatkina (RUS) defeated [15] Polona Hercog (SLO) 6-4 6-3
[16] Laura Siegemund (GER) defeated Destanee Aiava (AUS) 6-2 6-2
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM) defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 5-7 6-4 6-4

WTA 500 wraps: Seeds prevail as top players enter draws while Round of 64 continues

IT was a successful day across the board for the top echelon of international talent at both the Yarra Valley Classic and Gippsland Trophy, with just one seed falling at each of the two competitions. Both competitions played both the Round of 32 and 64 in a huge day of action, with plenty of tough contests around the grounds.

At the Yarra Valley Classic, it was almost a clean sweep from seeds with just Donna Vekic falling to a feisty Tsvetana Pironkova in three sets, 1-6 6-4 6-2. The only remaining Australian in the draw, Daria Gavrilova, was unfortunate to draw Serena Williams in just her second match since her return, and was unable to hold up under pressure from the champion, while Karolina Pliskova disposed of Elisabetta Cocciaretto with ease, as did Danielle Collins with her Serbian opposition, Nina Stojanovic.

The two former world number ones in Williams and Pliskova were unshakeable throughout their contests, hitting 27 and 30 winners respectively. Joining them in the Round of 16 are the likes of Croatian Petra Martic, who was tested by Belarusian Vera Lapko but prevailed, and eighth seed Marketa Vondrousova who defeated Varvara Gracheva in a 6-4 6-0 contest.

In the day’s Round of 16 results, 11th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and 14th seed Nadia Podoroska both carved out straight set wins with 6-1 first sets apiece, while Vera Zvonareva battled Kristyna Pliskova in a close-to two hour encounter and Alison van Uytvanck disposed of Suwei Hsieh 6-2 6-0.

YARRA VALLEY CLASSIC ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[3] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) defeated Elisabetta Cocciaretto (ITA) 6-3 6-2
[5] Serena Williams (USA) defeated Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 6-1 6-4
[7] Petra Martic (CRO) defeated Vera Lapko (BLR) 4-6 6-4 6-2
[8] Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) defeated Varvara Gracheva (RUS) 6-4 6-0
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) defeated [9] Donna Vekic (CRO) 1-6 6-4 6-2
[13] Danielle Collins (USA) defeated Nina Stojanovic (SRB) 6-2 6-1

YARRA VALLEY CLASSIC ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:

[11] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) defeated Misaki Doi (JPN) 6-1 6-4
[14] Nadia Podoroska (KAZ) defeated Francesca Jones (GBR) 6-1 6-3
Vera Zvonareva (RUS) defeated Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 6-4 6-7 6-3
Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) defeated Suwei Hsieh (TPE) 6-2 6-0

At the Gippsland Trophy, things went much the same for the seeds with just Qiang Wang falling at the hands of Italian Jasmine Paolini. The top seeds in Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina joined the draw and were immediately successful, coming away with wins in just over an hour apiece, while Ekaterina Alexandrova and Jelena Ostapenko both reigned supreme in close encounters. Eighth seed Karolina Muchova downed American Caty McNally 6-1 6-1 in just 62 minutes for the shortest match of the day.

The longest match award went to 16-year-old Coco Gauff, though, with the 14th seed playing her Round of 64 match and taken all the way by Jil Teichmann. While Gauff proved she was in it to win it from the very beginning, disposing of Teichmann in the first set 6-3, the Swiss talent came back in the second to steal the win from under Gauff’s nose in the 8-6 tiebreaker. Gauff showcased her tenacity in the third, and while she hit a whopping six  double faults in that set alone, her five aces did the trick to come away with the 6-3 6-7 7-6 victory in two hours and 45 minutes.

Joining Gauff in the Round of 32 are German Laura Siegemund, who defeated Monica Niculescu, while two Australia-France battles waged with Frenchwoman Alize Cornet prevailing over Alja Tomljanovic in one encounter, as Australian Destanee Aiava took out the second over Chloe Paquet.

GIPPSLAND TROPHY ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[1] Simona Halep (ROM) defeated Anastasia Potapova (RUS) 6-4 6-4
[3] Elina Svitolina (UKR) defeated Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-1 6-4
[8] Karolina Muchova (CZE) defeated Caty McNally (USA) 6-1 6-1
[9] Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) defeated Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) 4-6 6-4 6-2
Jasmine Paolini (ITA) defeated [10] Qiang Wang (CHN) 3-6 7-5 6-4
[13] Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) defeated Danka Kovinic (MCE) 6-4 7-5

GIPPSLAND TROPHY ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:

[14] Coco Gauff (USA) defeated Jil Teichmann (SUI) 6-3 6-7 7-6
[16] Laura Siegemund (GER) defeated Monica Niculescu (ROM) 7-5 6-4
Destanee Aiava (AUS) defeated Chloe Paquet (FRA) 6-1 4-6 6-4
Alize Cornet (FRA) defeated Alja Tomljanovic (AUS) 5-7 6-1 6-3

ATP/WTA Tour nation analysis: Papua New Guinea

WITH all the ATP Tour and WTA Tour tournaments on hiatus for the time being, Draft Central will take a look at various nations across the globe and analyse how the top players from that nation are performing. Our next nation is Papua New Guinea.

Top ATP player: Nil.

Top WTA player: Abigail Tere-Apisah
Rank: 377th (as of March 16, 2020)
Age: 27
Points: 123
Tournaments Played: 12

The only registered player on the WTA or ATP Tour is Abigail Tere-Apisah who is ranked inside the top 400. She might not be a familiar name, but in her last tournament completed, stunned number one seed and former top 100 player, Arina Rodionova in Perth 6-4 6-0. It was a remarkable win and her effort to reach the quarter finals before falling to Frenchwoman Irina Ramialison saw her rise up 54 ranking spots.

Tere-Apisah reached the semi-finals in the previous Perth ITF25 event, where she eventually went down to Australian Destanee Aiava, but had knocked off second seed Brit, Naiktha Bains in straight sets along the way. Teaming up with New Zealander, Paige Mary Hourigan in the doubles, she reached the final of the most recent Perth event before going down in three tight sets. It was the second final she had made in the format after reaching the ITF25k final with Australian Alicia Smith before losing in straight sets.

Last year was a solid year for Tere-Apisah who won an ITF25k event in Singapore, defeating top seed Russian Valeria Savinykh there. While she has stuck to the ITF Tour, the Papua New Guinean has shown an ability to beat top 100 quality players such as Rodionova along the journey.

Other notable Papua New Guinea WTA players: Nil.

Summary:

With a career prizemoney of $55,261 USD in singles, Tere-Apisah has not played in the big money tournaments, but has been going around the ITF circuit notching up some impressive wins. She is ranked inside the top 400 for both singles and doubles, and to be the only player from her nation on tour is a special feat in itself.

Australian Open: Qualifying Round 3 – Final draws done as qualifying concludes

THE last remaining qualifiers earned spots in the 2020 Australian Open main draw with some big wins the final day of qualifying competition. For some, it will mean just a 48-hour rest until they begin again in the field of 128, while for others it is the end of the road after narrowly missing out on a first round spot.

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In the men’s finals, number one seed Dennis Novak cruised through to the first round with a 7-6 6-2 victory over Hiroki Moriya. He was the only additional seed to advance on the final day after Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy went down to Egypt’s Mohamed Safwat in straight sets. Also through are the likes of Colombian Daniel Galan and Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor who have been regulars on the ATP Tour for many ears, while American Chris Eubanks took down Belgian Kimmer Commerjans who was considered one likely to make it. Other successful qualifiers were French duo Quentin Halys and Elliot Benchetrit, Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo, Argentina’s Marco Trungelliti and Spain’s Mario Vilella Martinez.

Men’s Finals:

[1] D. Novak (AUT) defeated H. Moriya (JPN) 7-6 6-2
M. Safwat (EGY) defeated [6] E. Donskoy (RUS) 7-5 6-4
C. Eubanks (USA) defeated K. Coppejans (BEL) 6-4 7-6
D. Galan (COL) defeated [WC] A. Vukic (AUS) 6-3 6-2
T. Griekspoor (NED) defeated [WC] L. Musetti (ITA) 6-4 7-6
Q. Halys (FRA) defeated N. Milojevic (SRB) 6-3 7-6
E. Benchetrit (FRA) defeated D. Popko (KAZ) 4-6 6-2 6-3
A. Tabilo (CHI) defeated M. Viola (ITA) 6-2 6-3
M. Trungelliti (ARG) defeated L. Giustino (ITA) 6-2 1-6 7-6
M. Vilella Martinez (ESP) defeated M. Bourgue (FRA) 6-1 6-4

Round 1 Matches involving qualifiers:

[Q] C. Eubanks (USA) vs. [Q] P. Gojowczyk (GER)
[LL] J. Kovalik (SVK) vs. [27] P. Carreno Busta (ESP)
[Q] M. Vilella Martinez (ESP) vs. [16] K. Khachanov (RUS)
[Q] E. Gulbis (LAT) vs. [20] F. Auger-Aliassime (CAN)
[29] T. Fritz (USA) vs. [Q] T. Griekspoor (NED)
[Q] I. Ivashka (BLR) vs. K. Anderson (RSA)
D. Koepfer (GER) vs. [Q] P. Martinez (ESP)
[Q] A. Tabilo (CHI) vs. [Q] D. Galan (COL)
Y. Sugita (JPN) vs. [Q] E. Benchetrit (FRA)
F. Verdasco (ESP) vs. [LL] E. Donskoy (RUS)
T. Sandgren (USA) vs. [Q] M. Trungelliti (ARG)
[Q] M. Safwat (EGY) vs. G. Barrere (FRA)
J. Sinner (ITA) vs. [Q] M. Purcell (AUS)
[31] H. Hurkacz (POL) vs. [Q] D. Novak (AUT)
[Q] Q. Halys (FRA) vs. F. Krajinovic (SRB)
T. Ito (JPN) vs. [LL] P. Gunneswaran (IND)

In the women’s finals, it was a different story for the seeds with six seeded players advancing, as well as former top 20 player Johanna Larsson of Sweden. Second seed Nao Hibino had no problems cruising through to the next round with a 6-1 6-2 victory, while 10th seed American Catherine McNally, 13th seed Belgian Greet Minnen and 19th seed Czech Barbora Krejcikova all won through in similar one-sided results. In fact, fifth seed Russian Anna Kalinskaya‘s three-set win over China’s Wang Xingu was the only match that needed a deciding set, with the Russian getting up in the end, 4-6 7-6 6-2. Other qualifiers through to the next round were 18th seed Slovenian Kaja Juvan, and unseeded trio, Elisabetta Cocciaretto, Leylah Fernandez and Antonia Lotter, with the latter knocking out Australia’s last remaining qualifying hope, Destanee Aiava 6-4 6-2.

Women’s Finals:

[2] N. Hibino (JPN) defeated L. Arruabarrena (ESP) 6-1 6-2
J. Larsson (SWE) defeated [3] V. Gracheva (RUS) 7-5 6-3
[5] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) defeated X. Wang (CHN) 4-6 7-6 6-2
[10] C. McNally (USA) defeated E. Ruse (ROU) 6-1 6-1
[13] G. Minnen (BEL) defeated [32] B. Haas (AUT) 6-2 6-1
[18] K. Juvan (SLO) defeated [6] N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 6-3 6-3
[19] B. Krejcikova (CZE) defeated S. Vickery (USA) 6-3 6-0
E. Cocciaretto (ITA) defeated [23] T. Martincova (CZE) 6-2 6-1
L. Fernandez (CAN) defeated D. Lao (USA) 7-5 7-5
A. Lottner (GER) defeated D. Aiava (AUS) 6-4 6-2

Round 1 Matches involving qualifiers:

A. Sasnovich (BLR) vs. [Q] G. Minnen (BEL)
[Q] N. Hibino (JPN) vs. S. Peng (CHN)
K. Kanepi (EST) vs. [Q] B. Krejcikova (CZE)
P. Badosa (ESP) vs. [Q] J. Larsson (SWE)
S. Zheng (CHN) vs. [Q] A. Kalinskaya (RUS)
S. Stosur (AUS) vs. [Q] C. McNally (USA)
[Q] A. Li (USA) vs. [WC] L. Cabrera (AUS)
[Q] M. Trevisan (ITA) vs. [14] S. Kenin (USA)
[Q] K. Juvan (SLO) vs. [23] D. Yastremska (UKR)
[Q] L. Samsonova (RUS) vs. J. Ostapenko (LAT)
A. Cornet (FRA) vs. [Q] M. Niculescu (ROU)
[Q] H. Dart (GBR) vs. M. Doi (JPN)
L. Davis (USA) vs. [Q] L. Fernandez (CAN)
G. Muguruza (ESP) vs. [Q] S. Rogers (USA)
[Q] A. Lottner (GER) vs. C. Giorgi (ITA)
[Q] E. Cocciaretto (ITA) vs. [17] A. Kerber (GER)

Australian Open: Qualifying Round 1/2 – Bogdan and Bouchard cruise through to final round

AFTER rain delays caused the majority of Day 2 matches to be suspended or cancelled, organisers rushed to fill the third day with extra games to catch up across the Australian Open Qualifying Round. In a massive day of action there was plenty to talk about as some epic encounters ensued.

In one of the longest games of Round 1, 18th seed Yannick Maden defeated compatriot, Maximilian Marterer of Germany in three tiebreakers, 6-7 7-6 7-6 to advance through to the second round in more than three hours. Also through were fourth seed Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori, fifth seed Slovakia’s Andrej Martin, sixth seed Russian Evgeny Donskoy – who had to to survive a two hour and 42 minute thriller – and 24th seed Argentinian Facundo Bagnis. On the home front, local hope and wildcard Rinky Hijikata made the most of a suspended 6-6-6 match on day two against Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland, coming back to topple the second seed in the tiebreaker 7-0, then winning the second set in a tiebreaker to move through with a 7-6 7-6 victory. In one of the strangest of circumstances, Ecuador’s Emilio Gomez was originally playing Sweden’s Elias Ymer in the first round, but the Swede had to withdraw allowing Croatian, Viktor Galovic to come into the draw. Unfortunately for Gomez, Galovic proved he was not just a fill-in, claiming a three-set win 7-6 2-6 6-3.

It was even better news for a couple of Australians in the Round 2 matches with Aleksandar Vukic moving one win away away from qualifying for the main draw with an upset 6-4 6-3 win over Germany’s Matthias Bachinger. He now faces Daniel Galan in the final round in what will be a huge challenge. Max Purcell also advanced to the final round with a win over 13th seed, Gianluca Mager, 6-3 4-6 6-4 to now face Jozef Kovalik. The 26th seed knocked off Australian wildcard Luke Saville in three hours and 10 minutes during a 6-7 7-6 6-4 epic encounter and may have to play the role of party pooper in the final round. In other results, Lukas Rosol advanced past 12th seed Italian Pablo Lorenzi, 6-7 7-6 7-5 in two hours and 58 minutes, with neither of these players deserving of a second round qualifying exit but it had to be one of them. Former top 15 player Ernests Gulbis also advanced through to the final round of qualifying, defeating 15th seed Argentinian, Federico Coria 6-3 1-6 6-2.

Men’s Round 2:

I. Ivashka (BLR) defeated [7] Denis Kudla (USA) 7-6 5-7 7-5
Z. Li (CHN) defeated J. Domingues (POR) 6-4 6-1
[10] N. Gombos (SVK) defeated R. Marcora (ITA) 6-2 6-4
P. Krstin (SRB) defeated F. Ferreira Silva (POR) 3-6 6-4 6-1
[WC] A. Vukic (AUS) defeated M. Bachinger (GER) 6-4 6-3
D. Galan (COL) defeated [19] J. Jung (TAI) 6-3 3-6 6-3
L. Rosol (CZE) defeated [12] Pablo Lorenzi (ITA) 6-7 7-6 7-5 2hrs 58
P. Martinez (ESP) defeated [29] J. Varillas (PER) 6-3 6-3
M. Purcell (AUS) defeated [13] G. Mager (ITA) 6-3 4-6 6-4
[26] J. Kovalik (SRB) defeated [WC] L. Saville (AUS) 7-6 6-7 6-4 3hrs 10
M. Viola (ITA) defeated M. Janvier (FRA) 7-6 6-4
A. Tabilo (CHI) defeated S. Stakhovsky (UKR) 2-6 6-2 6-3
E. Gulbis (LAT) defeated [15] F. Coria (ARG) 6-3 1-6 6-2
[17] P. Gunneswaran (IND) defeated Y. Hanfmann (GER) 1-6 6-2 6-1
[16] P. Gojowczyk (GER) defeated B. Kavcic (SRB) 3-6 6-3 6-4
C. Lestienne (FRA) defeated [WC] B. Mott (AUS) 6-4 6-4

Round 1 SUPENDED/DNP completed:

F. Horansky (SVK) defeated R. Ortega-Olmedo (ESP) 4-6 7-5 6-4
[WC] R. Hijikata (AUS) defeated [2] H. Laaksonen (SUI) 7-6 7-6
M.Copil (ROU) defeated T. Wu (TAI) 3-6 7-6 7-6
[WC] L. Musetti (ITA) defeated [20] A. Weintraub (ISR) 6-2 6-1
V. Troicki (SRB) defeated [22] B. Klahn (USA) 6-4 6-2
[4] E. Ruusuvuori (FIN) defeated F. Mena (ARG) 7-5 6-2
E. Benchetrit (FRA) defeated S. Darcis (BEL) 7-5 7-5
E. Couacaud (FRA) defeated D. Petovic (SRB) 4-6 7-6 6-2
D. Popko (KAZ) defeated [25] Z. Zhang (CHN) 7-6 7-6
[5] A. Martin (SVK) defeated A. Vatutin (RUS) 6-3 6-2
M. Borgue (FRA) defeated O. Otte (GER) 5-7 6-1 6-1
M. Vilella Martinez (ESP) defeated N. Mahut (FRA) 6-3 6-4
[24] F. Bagnis (ARG) defeated S. Napolitano (ITA) 6-3 6-4
[6] E. Donskoy (RUS) defeated J. Menezes (BRA) 6-7 6-1 7-6
V. Galovic (CRO) defeated E. Gomez (ECU) 7-6 2-6 6-3 (was originally E Ymer)
A. Muller (FRA) defeated P. Polansky (CAN) 6-1 6-2
M. Safawat (IRQ) defeated [21] S. Nagal (IND) 7-6 6-2
N. Milojevic (SRB) defeated [8] T. Daniel (JPN) 7-5 6-4
M. Trungelliti (ARG) defeated [9] G. Soeda (JPN) 6-4 6-4
J. Wolf (USA) defeated Z. Kolar (CZE) 6-4 6-2
L. Giustino (ITA) defeated Y. Bai (CHN) 6-3 7-5
[18] Y. Maden (GER) defeated M. Marterer (GER) 6-7 7-6 7-6 3hrs 10

Completing the remainder of the women’s Round 1 clashes that were suspended or delayed, there were a number of interesting results, the most surprising of which was the exit of former world number five, Sara Errani. The Italian was bundled out by fifth seed Russian, Anna Kalinskaya 6-2 1-6 6-2. It was better news for top seeds, Japan’s Nao Hibino, Russia’s Varvava Gracheva, Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska, Russia’s Natalia Vikhlyantseva and United States’ Catherine McNally with the top 10 seeds all advancing through to the next round. The 13th seed, Belgium’s Greet Minnen got past local hope, Kaylah McPhee, winning 6-3 2-6 6-3 with the deciding set played yesterday. McPhee joined other Aussies, Olivia Rogowska and Jaimee Fourlis in exiting the tournament in the first round, while wildcard Storm Sanders moved into the second round with a comprehensive 6-2 6-0 smashing of United States’ Robin Anderson.

In Round 2 matches, it was the procession of the seeds into the final round with eight of the 14 seeds moving through already and some mixed results for local hopes. Top seed, Ana Bogdan and the only player ranked inside 100 on the live rankings knocked off Belinda Woolcock 6-2 6-3, while former top 10 player and Canadian, Eugenie Bouchard defeated Australia’s top ranked qualifier, Maddison Inglis 6-3 6-1 to move through to the final round. It was better news for Destanee Aiava who proceeded through following victory over Russian 16th seed, Varvara Flink 6-3 6-7 6-4. In other results, 11th seed Stefanie Voegele set up a final round showdown with 20th seed Monica Niculescu, with the pair reaching career high rankings in the past of 42nd and 28th respectively. Former world number 12, Yannick Wickmayer was surprisingly bundled out by 31st seed and 19-year-old American, Ann Li who is at her career high ranking currently of 142nd.

Women’s Round 2:

[1] A. Bogdan [ROU] defeated [WC] B. Woolcock (AUS) 6-2 6-3
[31] A. Li (USA) defeated Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 6-3 6-2
S. Rogers (USA) defeated [8] A. Bolsova (ESP) 6-4 6-3
[30] C. Dolehide (USA) defeated O. Govortsova (BLR) 6-3 6-4
M. Trevisan (ITA) defeated [9] Y. Bonaventure (BEL) 6-0 6-2
E. Bouchard (CAN) defeated [21] M. Inglis (AUS) 6-3 6-1
[11] S. Voegele (SUI) defeated D. Satralova (CZE) 3-6 6-1 6-2
[20] M. Niculescu (ROU) defeated V. Tomova (BLR)
[12] L. Samsonova (RUS) defeated H. Baptise (USA) 1-6 6-2 6-2
[24] X. Wang (CHN) defeated M. Osorio Serrano (COL) 6-1 6-4
E. Cocciaretto (ITA) defeated [14] F. Di Lorenzo (USA) 6-3 6-1
[23] T. Martincova (CZE) defeated V. Savinykh (RUS) 6-1 5-7 6-4
H. Dart (GBR) defeated [15] N. Gibbs (USA) 6-2 6-3
G. Gatto-Monticone (ITA) defeated M. Di Giuseppe (ITA) 6-3 6-3
D. Aiava (AUS) defeated [16] V. Flink (RUS) 6-1 6-7 6-4
A. Lottner (GER) defeated C. Muramatsu (JPN) 6-3 5-7 6-2

Round 1 SUSPENDED/DNP:

[2] N. Hibino (JPN) defeated E. Liang (TAI) 6-1 4-6 6-3
Y. Yuan (CHN) defeated S. Murray Sharan (GBR) 2-6 6-4 6-2
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) defeated I. De Vroome (NED) 6-3 6-3
Y. Naito (JPN) defeated [26] A. Friedsam (GER) 6-3 7-5
[3] V. Gracheva (RUS) defeated C. Pacquet (FRA) 6-2 6-1
O. Danilovic (SRB) defeated J. Jovic (SRB) 3-6 6-3 7-6
J. Larsson (SWE) defeated U. Radwanska (POL) 6-3 6-1
[29] M. Minella (NED) defeated J. Ponchet (FRA) 6-2 7-5
[4] K. Zavatska (UKR) defeated S. Ma (CHN) 6-3 0-6 6-2
S. Vickery (USA) defeated G. Ce (BRA) 6-0 6-1
V. Lepchenko (USA) defeated B. Eraydin (TUR) 6-1 6-1
A. Bondar (HUN) vs. [19] B. Krejcikova (CZE) 2-2 SUS
[5] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) defeated S. Errani (ITA) 6-2 1-6 6-2
L. Paar (ROU) defeated I. Bara (ROU) 7-6 6-2
[6] N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS) defeated M. Kostyuk (UKR) 7-5 6-2
I. Shinikova (BLR) defeated M. Chwalinska (POL) 6-0 7-5
[WC] S. Sanders (AUS) defeated R. Anderson (USA) 6-2 6-0
[18] K. Juvan (SLO) defeated E. Gorgodze (GEO) 6-2 6-3
L. Fernandez (CAN) defeated [7] P. Tig (ROU) 6-2 6-3
M. Hibi (JPN) defeated M. Frech (POL) 6-2 4-6 6-4
[10] C. McNally (USA) defeated A. Muhammad (USA) 6-4 0-6 6-2
D. Lopatetska (UKR) defeated C. Perrin (SUI) 6-2 6-2
N. Parrizas Diaz (ESP) defeated [WC] O. Rogowska (AUS) 6-4 6-2
E. Ruse (ROU) defeated [22] U. Arconada (USA) 6-7 7-5 6-4
[13] G. Minnen (BEL) defeated K. McPhee (AUS) 6-3 2-6 6-3
F. Xun (CHN) defeated [WC] J. Fourlis (AUS) 6-7 6-3 6-4