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2021 Adelaide International: Teenagers and Swiss talents reign supreme in quarters

A HUGE couple of semi-finals await at the 2021 Adelaide International after big results ensued yesterday. Two teenagers are well within their chances to show up their more experienced opposition, as two Swiss talents also remain in the hunt. All four players remaining in the draw are under the age of 24, making for an exciting showing of the depth of young talent on the WTA Tour.

An upset over top seed Ash Barty on Wednesday appeared to be Danielle Collins‘ downfall when she took on Polish teenager Iga Swiatek, failing to complete her quarter final matchup and retiring midway through the second set. Swiatek now makes her way to the semis relatively unscathed, with the 6-3 3-0 default win under her belt and sets up an intriguing battle with 61st ranked Swiss talent Jil Teichmann, who disposed of Latvian Anastasija Sevastova in a tough three-setter which went close to three hours. Whilst Teichmann nabbed the first set with relative ease, her opposition would not go down without a fight as the 6-4 6-7 7-5 battle ensued. Fatigue will be a big factor in the semi between Swiatek and Teichmann, with the former sure to take advantage of her opposition’s result in their upcoming encounter.

The second semi will be between American qualifier Coco Gauff and Swiss second seed Belinda Bencic, as both completed solid wins to make their way through. The 16-year-old Gauff took out compatriot Shelby Rogers in three sets, starting slow in the 2-6 6-4 6-4 encounter but building her way back into the contest to reign supreme over her more experienced opposition. As for Bencic, she had a relatively easy encounter against qualifying Australian Storm Sanders, whose excellent week ground to a halt with the 6-2 6-4 sweep from the world number 12. Despite a stronger second set from the qualifier to draw even at 3-3, Bencic utilised her array of skills to wrestle back momentum and take out the win.

2021 Adelaide International: Collins gatecrashes Barty Party as Storm Sanders becomes the last Aussie standing

DANIELLE Collins has sought revenge on world number one Ash Barty, overturning the result between the pair at last year’s Adelaide International to win in straight sets and book her place in the last eight. The American went down in three sets in last year’s semi-final showdown which saw Barty go on to win the title, but in the Round of 16, it was Collins who got the better of the Australian, stunning her 6-3 6-4 and condemning Barty to her second consecutive loss.

“I think I was really familiar with her game after losing to her three times,” Collins said post-match. “So I certainly got some great tennis lessons out of that and have learned from it.”

The American was the third from her nation to make her way into the quarter finals following Shelby Rogers‘ victory the day before, and young gun Coco Gauff‘s come-from-behind win over sixth seed Croatian Petra Martic. Gauff had to fight back from a set down to win 5-7 6-3 6-4 in two hours and 12 minutes, saving seven of her 10 break points, whilst breaking her opponent four times in a nail-biting encounter. She now takes on Rogers in an all-American affair.

For Collins, having disposed of one Grand Slam winner in Barty, she now has another to overcome. The unseeded American faces Iga Swiatek in the quarter finals after the Pole Roland Garros winner defeated Australian Maddison Inglis in straight sets, 6-1 6-3. On a day that was a disaster for seeds, Swiatek held firm and won through to the final eight, joining second seed Belinda Bencic as the only other seed through to the quarter finals.

The biggest upset of the day – even more so than Collins over Barty – was Storm Sanders‘ triumph over Yulia Putintseva. The 26-year-old world number 292nd had no fears against the seventh seed and world number 28, winning 6-4 5-7 6-1 in a tight affair. In a remarkable second match since they last played nine years ago when they were teenagers, the now 26-year-olds engaged in a two-hour and 18-minute battle which saw Sanders emerge victorious. She saved eight of 10 break points, whilst capitalising on four of nine herself to make her way into the quarter finals to take on Bencic.

In the other results, Latvian Anastasia Sevastova will lock horns with Swiss rising talent Jil Teichmann after both won their respective matches. Sevastova knocked out Christina McHale in straight sets, 6-4 6-3, while Teichmann came from behind to defeat eighth seed Chinese talent, Wang Qiang, 3-6 6-3 6-3.

ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:

Danielle Collins (USA) defeated [1] Ash Barty (AUS) 6-3 6-4
[2] Belinda Bencic (SUI) defeated Misaki Doi (JPN) 6-1 6-3
[5] Iga Swiatek (POL) defeated Maddison Inglis (AUS) 6-1 6-3
Coco Gauff (USA) defeated [6] Petra Martic (CRO) 5-7 6-3 6-4
Storm Sanders (AUS) defeated [7] Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 6-4 5-7 6-1
Jil Teichmann (SUI) defeated [8] Wang Qiang (CHN) 3-6 6-3 6-3
Anastasia Sevastova (LAT) defeated Christina McHale 6-4 6-3

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2021 Adelaide International: Rogers downs Konta in day of upsets

DAY 3 at the Adelaide International saw a couple more upsets make their way through to the Round of 16, with one seed disposed of in straight sets and a duo of Aussie qualifiers winning their third straight win to head to the second round.

It was Johanna Konta who fell at the first hurdle, absolutely obliterated by American Shelby Rogers 6-2 6-2 in one hour and 16 minutes. Konta retired early from the Australian Open – during the first round in fact – from injury and looked the goods heading into Adelaide, but struggled to maintain her form and failed to have an impact on serve and more so on return. With just 10 unforced errors to her name throughout the contest, Rogers was clean and clinical, registering her third career Top 10 victory. The results of Rogers’ compatriots Coco Gauff and Madison Brengle went in two different directions though, with Gauff overcoming fellow qualifier Jasmine Paolini in a two-hour and 33-minute 6-4 7-6 6-2 battle, whilst Brengle was unfortunate to draw Polish fifth seed Iga Swiatek, and was disposed of in straight sets.

Maddison Inglis fought off former champion Sam Stosur, coming back from the brink in a tight 6-7 7-5 6-4 marathon, winning in two hours and 46 minutes. Whilst Stosur was marginally more effective on serve, Inglis saved seven of her 10 break points and when it came down to overall points won, just pipped her compatriot at the post. In the other all-Australian battle it was underdog Storm Sanders who got the chocolates over Alja Tomljanovic, as Sanders’ fine recent form continued with another straight sets victory, 6-1 6-2 in 63 minutes.

Looking to seeded contests, and both Yulia Putintseva and Petra Martic head through to the second round relatively unscathed, but were both pushed by their respective opposition in Laura Siegemund and Liudmila Samsonova, coming away with 6-4 6-4 and 4-6 6-0 7-5 margins over their respective foes. The remaining matches saw Misaki Doi and Jil Teichmann also join the second round club.

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2021 Adelaide International: Qualifiers share spotlight as main draw takes the court

DAY 2 of the Adelaide International qualifying round saw the WTA 500 tournament’s main draw begin, with plenty of hotly contested matches on centre court during the first day of the official competition, as Anastasija Sevastova, Wang QiangShelby Rogers and Danielle Collins headed into the Round of 16 with relative ease.

Sevastova was the first to win through to the Round of 16, defeating Caroline Garcia in 81 minutes 6-2 6-4. It was a solid first serve efficiency that saw the Latvian take out the victory, winning 65 per cent of first serve points off a 72.7 per cent clip, controlling the match despite the Frenchwoman fighting back in the second. A game-for-game first set between eighth seed Wang and wildcard Olivia Gadecki – who sits barely within the top 400 at 399th in the world – drew plenty of eyes as the Australian challenged Wang, before the Chinese talent ran away with the second set and eventual victory with her ability to win off her first serve paying dividends with an effectiveness of close to 88 per cent.

On the first and second show courts, it was the underdogs that showcased their form as the likes of Storm Sanders and Liudmila Samsonova reigned supreme and headed into the main draw. Sanders had an excellent outing against American Caty McNally, downing the ninth seed in 75 minute 6-2 6-3. Whilst not as huge a scalp as Sanders’ victory – ranking 292nd in the world to McNally’s 118th – 10th seed and 117th ranked Samsonova got the chocolates over Japanese fifth seed and world number 86 Misaki Doi, 7-6 6-3. Meanwhile, an excellent showing from Latvian Kaja Juvan saw the 20-year-old speed away to an early lead, before 16-year-old top seed Coco Gauff clapped back midway through the second to force a deciding set after a huge come from behind effort, eventually winning 3-6 7-5 6-3 in two hours and 10 minutes.

A mammoth effort from Maddison Inglis saw the Australian join the winners list with an excellent outing against third seed Christina McHale. Whilst the American seemed to have all proceedings going her way early, a stellar comeback across the second and third sets handed Inglis her entry into the main draw and a chance at her maiden WTA Tour win. With a 65.6 per cent win rate on her first serve off a 78 per cent clip, Inglis was far more effective on serve and utilised her service speed to knock off the world number 85, 4-6 6-2 6-1 in just under two hours.

The remaining two Round of 32 encounters saw a fired-up Rogers fly through the first set against Veronika Kudermetova, before the Russian bit back in the second to force a tiebreaker but unable to rein in the American, as Rogers’ compatriot Collins downed Zheng Saisai and Madison Brengle won through to the main draw alongside Italian Jasmine Paolini.

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.

Horror day on clay for US as seeds stumble ahead of Roland Garros

IF you were a United States fan turning in to watch your competitors run around on the clay at the Strasbourg International, then by the end of the first round you would have been deeply disappointed. All five American hopes were bundled out in the first round, including seeds Amanda Anisimova and Sloane Stephens. Both suffered disappointing defeats in the Round of 32 in France, whilst compatriots, Lauren Davis, Bernarda Pera and Christina Mchale joined them on the sidelines.

Anisimova had arguably the most disappointing defeat, surrendering to Swiss up and comer Jil Teichmann in straight sets, 6-2 6-3 in just 67 minutes. Teichmann only dropped five points off her first serve and broke her opponent four times whilst saving all three break point opportunities, proving too strong for the world number 29. The 23-year-old might still be young but has a few years on the teenage Anisimova who was unable to live up to her sixth seed billing at the tournament.

Stephens went down in a hard-fought three-set match to Nao Hibino with the Japanese talent fighting back from dropping the second set to win 6-2 3-6 6-1 in an hour and 45 minutes. Hibino is ranked 84th in the world but was able to fight past Stephens who is having a horror year with just three wins to-date. Hibino broke nine times from 20 opportunities, whilst saving eight of 14 from her opponent in a game not renowned for holding serve. In fact. Stephens only held serve three times, serving up 11 double faults and winning 42 per cent of her service points in a strange match.

“Last week, I lost in qualies in Rome and it was not a good match, so I learned from that,” Hibino said post-match. “Of course, Sloane is a good player, especially on clay courts. I prepared mentally and with tactics, so I think it helped a lot today.”

Now Hibino will take on Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas for a place in the quarter finals following Diyas’ epic three-set win over McHale which lasted three hours and eight minutes after being a set and 4-0 down.

“She’s a very low-ball hitter, but I’ve played against her a couple of times so I know how she plays,” Hibino said. “Nothing will change, so I’ll just prepare mentally and with tactics like today.”

The Diyas-McHale match was the match of the day, although Pera also fought hard against Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova before losing in three sets. The American took the first set, before falling 4-6 7-6 6-1 in two hours and 22 minutes. In another match not renowned for serving, Pera somehow served up 17 double faults in a number rarely hit on the WTA Tour. Now Siniakova advances through to take on Ekaterina Alexandrova who blasted Australian Storm Sanders off the court in a 6-0 6-1 39-minute demolition job also rarely seen on Tour.

Sanders won just 18 points for the match and six on return as Alexandrova broke six times and had a serving efficiency of 80 per cent. The Russian seventh seed was one of only three seeds through to the next round along with fifth seed Elena Rybakina, and fourth seed, Aryna Sabalenka.

Also through to the next round was Jelena Ostapenko who took care of Davis, 6-2 6-3, as well as French wildcard Clara Burel and compatriot Alize Cornet, Russian up and comer Anna Blinkova and compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Pole Magda Linette.

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Thailand Open: Svitolina makes light work to book quarter finals spot

TOURNAMENT favourite, Elina Svitolina has bundled out Australian qualifier, Storm Sanders in 57 minutes thanks to a 6-1 6-2 victory in the Round of 16 at the Thailand Open.

Svitolina was far too strong for the Australian to book a quarter finals matchup with Japanese eighth seed Nao Hibino, serving up five aces and winning 82.1 per cent of his first serve points. She only dropped a total of 11 points on-serve, including a double fault, while Sanders was all over the place with her serve, putting just 37.5 per cent of her first serve in the court. By contrast, Sanders also only won half of her first serve points and 36.7 per cent of her second serve points, saving four break point opportunities, but succumbing to five, while the Ukrainian top five player saved one of two.

In other Round of 16 results, fifth seed Magna Linette had an impressive win over Peng Shuai, 7-5 6-1 to stop an all-Chinese quarter final by now setting her sights on Wang Xiyu. The unseeded Chinese player booked a spot in the quarter finals with a 6-3 6-4 win over Austria’s Barbara Haas. Romania’s Patricia Tig also won through to the last eight with a straight sets win, and now takes on fourth seed, Zheng Saisai in the next round.

Round of 16 Results:

[1] E. Svitolina (UKR) defeated [Q] S. Sanders (AUS) 6-1 6-2
X. Wang (CHN) defeated B. Haas (AUT) 6-3 6-4
[5] M. Linette (POL) defeated S. Peng (CHN) 7-5 6-1
P. Tig (ROU) defeated X. You (CHN) 6-1 6-3

Thailand Open: Mixed day for Aussies as Storm flys the flag

STORM Sanders is the sole Australian left in the Thailand Open draw after being the only player from the Land Down Under to survive the Round of 32 on Day 3 of the tournament. She defeated Norwegian, Ulrikke Eikeri, as compatriots, Anastasia Rodionova and Ellen Perez both fell in straight sets. Rodionova was outclassed in two tight sets against eighth seed Japanese player, Nao Hibino, while Perez lost to You Xiaodi 7-6 6-2. Sanders on the other hand got up with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Eikeri to set up a possible Round of 16 encounter with number one seed and world number five, Elina Svitolina.

The biggest celebration of the day for the home fans was the win of 286th ranked Peangtarn Plipuech, with the Thai defeating Frenchwoman, Chloe Pacquet 7-6 3-6 6-4 in three tight sets. The match took almost three hours to complete, but the home fans got their money’s worth with their home nation heroine getting up despite not serving an ace all match. She broke seven times – one less than her opponent, but won 58.5 per cent of her second serve return points, while having a more effective serving percentage of 57. Her breaks came at crucial times, and in the end it got her the win, moving through to the Round of 16 to take on Hibino.

In the two other results, fourth seed Zheng Saisai got up after a first set struggle to see off Serbian Nataljia Kostic, 7-6 6-0, while Swiss 283rd ranked player, Leonie Kung upset the home fans with a straight sets belting of 731st ranked Thai wildcard, Patcharin Cheapchandej, 6-0 6-3.

Round of 32 Results:

[4] S. Zheng (CHN) defeated N. Kostic (SRB) 7-6 6-0
[8] N. Hibino (JPN) defeated A. Rodionova (AUS) 7-6 7-5
P. Plipuech (THA) defeated C. Pacquet (FRA) 7-6 4-6 6-4
S. Sanders (AUS) defeated U. Eikeri (NOR) 6-3 6-4
X. You (CHN) defeated E. Perez (AUS) 7-6 6-2
L. Kung (SUI) defeated P. Cheapchandej (THA) 6-0 6-3

Australian Open: Qualifying Rounds 2/3 – Former Wimbledon Junior runner-up and ATP Top 10 pick advance to main draw

THE first of the main draw qualifiers are through to the Australian Open starting Monday after a number of men’s and women’s finals were played yesterday. The remainder of the finals will be played today, with 32 qualifiers all-up – 16 men and 16 women – making it through to the final 128 players who will contest the 2020 Australian Open.

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Leading the charge for the main draw was former top 10 pick, Ernests Gulbis with the Latvian no doubt causing a few main draw opponents some headaches before he is assigned his place in the 128-man field. Gulbis defeated 17th seed, India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran in straight sets, 7-6 6-2. He joined Australian Max Purcell in booking a spot in the first round after the local hope downed 26th seed Slovakian, Jozef Kovalik 6-4 6-2. Also into the next round was 16th seed German, Peter Gojowczyk who will not be an easy opponent for anyone in the main draw, winning 6-2 6-3 over Frenchman Constant Lestienne. Slovakia’s 10th seed Norbert Gombos, Spain’s Pedro Martinez – who downed Czech Lukas Rosol – and Belarusian Ilya Ivashka all advanced through to the main draw in straight sets win.

From the Round 2 winners, top seed Dennis Novak continued his run to the final 32 with a straight sets win over Slovakia’s Filip Horansky, 6-1 6-4. In a day where seeds fell like flies, sixth seed Evgeny Donskoy was the other to survive the minefield, winning 6-3 3-6 6-3 over the qualifying draw’s late inclusion Croatia’s Viktor Galovic. It was bad news for ATP Cup doubles-winning player Viktor Troicki with the Serbian having to retire a set up and 1-2 down in the second set and forfeit his match to American Christopher Eubanks. Belgian, Kimmer Coppejans kept his hopes of a main draw spot alive with an upset win over third seed Canadian, Brayden Schnur, while Frances’ Elliot Benchetrit downed fourth seed Fin, Emil Ruusuvuori in an epic encounter. Netherland’s Tallon Griekspoor ended Australian wildcard, Rinky Hijikata‘s chances with a straight sets win, while Egypt’s Mohamed Safwat moved through to a final match after a 7-5 7-5 win over Alexandre Muller.

Men’s Finals:

I. Ivashka (BLR) defeated Z. Li (CHN) 6-4 6-3
[10] N. Gombos (SVK) defeated P. Krstin (SRB) 6-3 6-3
P. Martinez (ESP) defeated L. Rosol (CZE) 6-4 6-2
M. Purcell (AUS) defeated [26] J. Kovalik (SVK) 6-4 6-2
E. Gulbis (LAT) defeated [17] P. Gunneswaran (IND) 7-6 6-2
[16] P. Gojowczyk (GER) defeated C. Lestienne (FRA) 6-2 6-3

Round 2:

[1] D. Novak (AUT) defeated F. Horansky (SVK) 6-1 6-4
H. Moriya (JPN) defeated [23] S. Diez (CAN) 6-4 7-5
T. Griekspoor (NED) defeated [WC] R. Hijikata (AUS) 7-5 7-5
[WC] L. Musetti (ITA) defeated M. Copil (ROU) 6-7 6-4 7-5
K. Coppejans (BEL) defeated [3] B. Schnur (CAN) 7-6 6-3
C. Eubaks (USA) defeated V. Troicki (SRB) 4-6 2-1 RET
E. Benchetrit (FRA) defeated [4] E. Ruusuvuori (FIN) 6-4 0-6 7-6
D. Popko (KAZ) defeated E. Couacaud (FRA) 6-3 3-6 6-3
M. Bourgue (FRA) defeated [5] A. Martin (SVK) 4-6 7-6 7-5
M. Vilella Martinez (ESP) defeated [24] F. Bagnis (ARG) 7-6 0-6 6-4
[6] E. Donskoy (RUS) defeated V. Galovic (CRO) 6-3 3-6 6-3
M. Safwat (EGT) defeated A. Muller (FRA) 7-5 7-5
N. Milojevic (SRB) defeated E. Escobedo (USA) 6-4 7-6
Q. Halys (FRA) defeated D. Lee (KOR) 6-3 6-4
M. Trungelliti (ARG) defeated J. Wolf (USA) 0-6 7-6 7-5
L. Giustino (ITA) defeated [18] Y. Maden (GER) 6-7 6-2 6-4

Six players are officially through to the main draw of the 2020 Australian Open women’s draw after the first of 16 women’s finals were played yesterday. The upset of the day was 31st seed and young gun American, Ann Li toppling top seed and top 100 Romanian, Ana Bogdan, 5-7 7-6 6-2. The Wimbledon Junior Final runner-up booked a spot in the main draw and undoubtedly has a bright future ahead. She was joined in the main draw by fellow American, Shelby Rogers who downed compatriot, Caroline Dolehide 6-4 6-4. A big surprise was the straight sets exit of former top 10 player, Eugenie Bouchard with the Canadian bowing out to Italian Martina Trevisan who won 6-4 6-3. Also into the main draw was 20th seed and former top 30 player, Monica Niculescu with the Romanian getting up over 11th seed Swiss player, Stefanie Voegele in three sets, 6-2 3-6 6-4. Liudmila Samsonova was the highest seed to officially make the main draw thus far, downing 24th seed, Xiyu Wang 6-4 2-6 7-5, while Great Britain’s Heather Dart booked a spot in the main draw thanks to a win over Italian Giulia Gatto-Monticone, 6-1 6-3.

From Round 2 results that will see the remaining 20 player battling for 10 spots, second seed Nao Hibino is the highest player ranked played remaining in the draw, while third seed Varvara Gracheva will have a tough task against former top 50 player, Johanna Larsson of Sweden after the 31-year-old Swede made light work of 29th seed, Netherland’s Mandy Minella, 6-2 6-3. The North American presence at Australian Open should be strong with a number of Americans moving through to the final round with Sachia Vickery defeating fourth seed Ukrainian, Katarina Zavatska in three tight sets, while 10th seed compatriot, Catherine McNally also advanced with an easy straight sets win over Ukrainian Daria Lopatetska. Other seeds to book a spot in the next round were fifth seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia, Belgium’s 13th seed Greet Minnen, 18th seed Kaja Juvan – who knocked out Australian wildcard Storm Sanders in three sets – 19th seed Barbora Krejcikova who stunned former top 20 player, Varvora Lepchenko in straight sets, and 32nd seed, Barbara Haas from Austria.

Women’s Finals:

[31] A. Li (USA) defeated [1] A. Bogdan (ROU) 5-7 7-6 6-2
S. Rogers (USA) defeated [30] C. Dolehide (USA) 6-4 6-4
M. Trevisan (ITA) defeated E. Bouchard (CAN) 6-4 6-3
[20] M. Niculescu (ROU) defeated [11] S. Voegele (SUI) 6-2 3-6 6-4
[12] L. Samsonova (RUS) defeated [24] X. Wang (CHN) 6-4 2-6 7-5
H. Dart (GBR) defeated G. Gatto-Monticone (ITA) 6-1 6-3

Round 2:

[2] N. Hibino (JPN) defeated Y. Yuan (CHN) 3-6 6-1 6-1
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) defeated Y. Naito (JPN) 6-3 6-4
[3] V. Gracheva (RUS) defeated O. Danilovic (SRB) 6-2 4-6 6-1
J. Larsson (SWE) defeated [29] M. Minella (NED) 6-2 6-3
S. Vickery (USA) defeated [4] K. Zavatska (UKR) 6-4 5-7 6-4
[19] B. Krejcikova (CZE) defeated V. Lepchecnko (USA) 6-4 6-4
[5] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) defeated L. Paar (ROU)
X. Wang (CHN) defeated [28] A. Kiick (USA) 6-0 6-1
[6] N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS) defeated I. Shinikova (BLR) 6-2 6-3
[18] K. Juvan (SLO) defeated [WC] S. Sanders (AUS) 6-0 2-6 6-3
L. Fernandez (CAN) defeated M. Hibi (JPN) 6-4 6-4
D. Lao (USA) defeated [27] K. Nara (JPN) 7-5 6-7 6-3
[10] C. McNally (USA) defeated D. Lopatetska (UKR) 6-2 6-3
E. Ruse (ROU) defeated N. Parrizas Diaz (ESP) 6-3 7-5
[13] G. Minnen (BEL) defeated F. Xun (CHN) 6-3 6-1
[32] B. Haas (AUT) defeated L. Pattinama Kerkhove (NED) 6-4 4-6 6-1

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