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ATP Tour wrap: Popyrin’s stunning turnaround confirms second round spot

AUSTRALIAN young gun Alexei Popyrin has produced a stunning comeback after dropping the first set to love, to book a second round spot in the 2021 Monte Carlo Masters 1000 event. Popyrin fell 6-0 down against Spaniard Pablo Andujar, then somehow managed to pick himself off the canvas to post a 0-6 6-2 7-6 victory in one hour and 58 minutes.

Popyrin served seven aces for five double faults, a far better ratio than his opponent, though Andujar was much more efficient with his serve, producing a 65 per cent efficiency to the Australian’s 47 per cent. Popyrin also won 71 per cent of his first serve points compared to Andujar’s 66 per cent. Neither player was particularly dominant on their second serve, with Popyrin taking 56 per cent of the points off Andujar, while the Spaniard won 48 per cent of Popyrin’s second serve. In the end just four points separated the players as Popyrin won 91 to 87 in the match.

The Australian – who had to come through qualifying – moved to a 12-4 record this season, and won his 14th tiebreaker from 17 chances, a remarkable amount of tiebreakers in just 15 matches – greater than one per match. His maiden title in Singapore has seen him get on the board on the ATP Tour, but he also has four Top 50 victories to his name, and will now take on French wildcard Lucas Pouille in the second round. Popyrin has an open draw into the the quarter finals if he is good enough, following Alejandro Davidovich Fokina‘s upset of Matteo Berrettini.

Davidovich Fokina defeated the eighth seed Italian 7-5 6-3 in their clash, to book a spot in the third round and await the winner of Popyrin and Pouille. The pair met at the Australian Open third round last year, with the Frenchman winning an absolute classic in five sets, 7-6 6-3 6-7 4-6 6-3 after the Australian came from two sets down to force a fifth set, including holding his nerve in the third set to win the tiebreaker 12-10.

Davidovich Fokina was pleased with his upset of Berrettini to advance and have a rest before his next match, and noted he was aware that the Italian rising talent was returning from injury.

“I’m very happy with this win. I’m very excited to defeat a Top 10 player,” Davidovich Fokina said post-match. “Last year I faced a couple of Top 10 players and I came close, but I couldn’t close them out. “But here I am improving every day, I’m playing better and better. “I also knew that Matteo was coming back from an injury and he wouldn’t have a lot of rhythm. I was able to take advantage of that today.”

The other Round of 32 match saw fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas advance with a straight sets win over the dangerous Aslan Karatsev, 6-3 6-4. The Greek star will now await the winner of 16th seed clay court specialist Cristian Garin and Australian John Millman. In other results, the seeds all advanced with Spanish duo Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta, Pole Hubert Hurkacz, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Italian Fabio Fognini all joining Garin – who knocked off Canadian young gun Felix Auger-Aliassime – in the second round.

Norwegian Casper Ruud set up a tantalising clash with fellow clay courter Diego Schwartzman, as Argentinian qualifier Federico Delbonis advanced past Adrian Mannarino to have the tough job of matching Rafael Nadal on the clay. Italian teenager Jannik Sinner got past Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 6-4 and now faces top seed Novak Djokovic in the Serbian’s first match since his Australian Open triumph. It was not a great day for the Serbians overall, with Miomir Kecmanovic, Dusan Lajovic and Laslo Djere all knocked out in the first round, and Filip Krajinovic advancing thanks to a retirement from Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili. Other winners were Great Britain’s Daniel Evans, France’s Jeremy Chardy, Russia’s Karen Khachanov and a trio of Italians in Lorenzo Sonego, and qualifiers Marco Cecchinato and Salvatore Caruso.

MONTE CARLO MASTERS ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[4] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) defeated Aslan Karatsev (RUS) 6-3 6-4
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP) defeated [8] Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 7-5 6-3

MONTE CARLO MASTERS ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:

[9] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) defeated Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-2 7-5
[12] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) defeated [Q] Stefano Travaglia (ITA) 7-5 7-6
[13] Hubert Hurkacz (POL) defeated [Q] Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) 6-3 3-6 6-3
[14] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) defeated Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 6-3 6-4
[15] Fabio Fognini (ITA) defeated Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) 6-2 7-5
[16] Cristian Garin (CHI) defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 7-6 6-1
Jannik Sinner (ITA) defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 6-3 6-4
Daniel Evans (GBR) defeated Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6-3 6-7 6-2
[WC] Lucas Pouille (FRA) defeated Guido Pella (ARG) 6-3 6-4
Karen Khachanov (RUS) defeated Laslo Djere (SRB) 6-4 6-1
[Q] Marco Cecchinato (ITA) defeated [Q] Dominik Koepfer (GER) 6-4 6-3
[Q] Salvatore Caruso (ITA) defeated [WC] Lucas Catarina (POL) 6-7 7-6 6-3
Casper Ruud (NOR) defeated [WC] Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune (DEN) 6-2 6-1
Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) defeated Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 6-3 6-4
[Q] Federico Delbonis (ARG) defeated Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 7-5 6-1
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) defeated Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 6-4 0-6 7-5
[Q] Alexei Popyrin (AUS) defeated Pablo Andujar (ESP) 0-6 6-2 7-6
Filip Krajinovic (SRB) defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 6-1 2-0

ATP Tour wrap: Round of 32 complete at Sardegna and Marbella

COMPETITION continued in Sardegna and Marbella today with the Round of 32 at both ATP 250 events still going strong and homegrown talent proving influential on Day 2 of proceedings.

At Sardegna, three set encounters told the story with fifth and sixth seeds Jan-Lennard Struff and John Millman amongst a group of six players who required a third set to clinch victory. Struff overcame a shocking 1-6 start to Joao Sousa to remain in the hunt for the second round, collecting the 1-6 6-1 7-5 victory in just over two hours. Gilles Simon was another who came from a set down to win in three, defeating home talent Stefano Travaglia 1-6 6-3 6-4, as did qualifier Jozef Kovalik, who was one of two Slovakian competitors to win on the day, joined by Andrej Martin in the second round.

It was a first set tiebreaker that was the difference between a win and a loss for Australian sixth see Millman, who overcame Federico Coria 7-6(5) 3-6 6-3 in a mammoth three hour and 13 minute encounter, whilst Italian Marco Cecchinato was the remaining three set winner with a victory over compatriot Thomas Fabbiano 6-4 4-6 6-3. Lorenzo Musetti joined Ceecchinato in the second round after a confidence-boosting 6-0 6-1 obliteration of Dennis Novak in just 52 minutes, with the remaining win of the day going to British qualifier Liam Broady, who defeated Swiss qualifier Marc-Andrea Huesler 6-1 6-3.

SARDEGNA OPEN ROUND OF 32 RESULTS: 

[5] Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) defeated Joao Sousa (POR) 1-6 6-1 7-5
[6] John Millman (AUS) defeated Federico Coria (ARG) 7-6 3-6 6-3
[Q] Liam Broady (GBR) defeated [Q] Marc-Andrea Huesler (SUI) 6-1 6-3
Marco Cecchinato (ITA) defeated [WC] Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) 6-4 4-6 6-3
[Q] Jozef Kovalik (SVK) defeated [Q] Sumit Nagal (IND) 3-6 6-1 6-3
Andrej Martin (SVK) defeated Jiri Vesely (CZE) 6-4 2-6 6-1
Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) defeated Dennis Novak (AUT) 6-0 6-1
Gilles Simon (FRA) defeated Stefano Travaglia (ITA) 1-6 6-3 6-4

At Marbella, results went the opposite way with majority straight sets victories across the day, and just one three setter to speak of, which intriguingly was still a mostly one-sided battle as Alejandro Davidovich Fokina reigned supreme in a 6-7 6-2 6-2 encounter with Damir Dzumhur. The two hour flat matchup was marginally the longest of the day, with the Spaniard one of five to head into the second round. He is joined by Feliciano LopezJaume Munar, wildcard Carlos Alcaraz and qualifier Mario Vilella Martinez, after all four claimed solid wins.

The other three winners of the day hailed from Argentina, Belarus and Italy, with Argentinian Facundo Bagnis overcoming compatriot Francisco Cerundolo and Ilya Ivashka getting the job done in an identical 6-3 7-6(2) final result over another Spaniard in Pedro Martinez, while Gianluca Mager defeated Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin.

ANYTECH365 ANDALUCIA OPEN ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[5] Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP) defeated Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-7 6-2 6-2
[6] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) defeated Taro Daniel (JPN) 6-4 6-4
[WC] Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) defeated [Q] Nikola Milojevic (SRB) 7-6 6-3
Facundo Bagnis (ARG) defeated Francisco Cerundolo (ARG) 6-3 7-6
Ilya Ivashka (BLR) defeated Pedro Martinez (ESP) 6-3 7-6
Gianluca Mager (ITA) defeated Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 7-5 6-3
Jaume Munar (ESP) defeated [Q] Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 6-4 6-1
[Q] Mario Vilella Martinez (ESP) defeated [Q] Bernabe Zapata Miralles (ESP) 6-2 6-3

ATP Miami Open 1000: Ivashka wins in three tiebreakers, as Aussies advance

TWO retirements, three tiebreak sets over more than three hours, and a couple of Australians back on the winners list, there was plenty to talk about at the 2021 ATP Miami Open on Thursday.

The epic three-set, three-tiebreaker match went down to the wire over three hours and 18 minutes, before Belarusian Ilya Ivashka got up over South Korean Soonwoo Kwon, 7-6 6-7 7-6. The first two tiebreakers were 7-4 in favour of the opposite opponents before Ivashka got up 7-3 in the deciding tiebreaker. He served 20 aces and won 71 per cent of his first serve points off a 72 per cent efficiency, breaking his opponent four times, while Kwon won 74 per cent of his first serves of a 55 per cent clip, breaking four times from 11 chances himself.

Elsewhere it was a great start for Australian duo, Jordan Thompson and Thanasi Kokkinakis. Thompson overcame Argentinian Federico Delbonis in two tight sets 7-6 6-4, while qualifier Kokkinakis won on his return to the court in Miami with a 6-3 6-3 victory over fellow qualifier, Japan’s Shintaro Mochizuki. A 17-year-old talent, Mochizuki is a former junior world number one who claimed the 2019 Wimbledon junior title and is currently ranked 630th in the world.

There were plenty of home nation talents out on the court, with a number of them getting up in victories. United States representatives Bjorn Fratangelo, Sebastian Korda, Denis Kudla and Tennys Sandgren all won through to the next round of the tournament. Qualifier Frantangelo defeated Fernando Verdasco in straight sets, while Korda inflicted the same defeat on Romanian Radu Albot, Kudla knocked off Jeremy Chardy in a tight three-set battle, while Sandgren only needed 12 games before Spaniard Pedro Martinez retired, leading 6-4 2-0. Michael Mmoh was the only American to lose out on the day, going down 6-4 6-4 to Italian young gun Lorenzo Musetti, 6-4 6-4.

In other straight sets results, lucky loser Damir Dzumhur toppled veteran South African Kevin Anderson in a close one 7-6 7-6, while Yasutaka Uchiyama and Daniel Elahi Galan both won in two sets against Salvatore Caruso and Thiago Seyboth Wild respectively. Croatian Marin Cilic had a tougher assignment against Federico Coria getting up 6-3 2-6 6-4, while Miomir Kecmanovic also needed three sets to topple British qualifier Liam Broady.

MIAMI OPEN ROUND OF 128 RESULTS:

[Q] Bjorn Frantangelo (USA) defeated Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 6-4 6-4
Sebastian Korda (USA) defated Radu Albot (ROU) 6-3 6-0
[Q] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) defeated [Q] Shintaro Mochizuki (JPN) 6-3 6-3
Denis Kudla (USA) defeated Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 3-6 6-3 6-4
Marin Cilic (CRO) defeated Federico Coria (ARG) 6-3 2-6 6-4
[LL] Damir Dzumhur (BIH) defeated [PR] Kevin Anderson (RSA) 7-6 7-5
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) defeated [WC] Jack Draper (GBR) 7-5 0-0 RET
Jordan Thompson (AUS) defeated Federico Delbonis (ARG) 7-6 6-4
Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) defeated [Q] Liam Broady (GBR) 7-5 6-7 6-1
Tennys Sandgren (USA) defeated Pedro Martinez (ESP) 6-4 2-0 RET
Ilya Ivashka (BLR) defeated Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) 7-6 6-7 7-6
Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) defeated Salvatore Caruso (ITA) 6-3 6-4
Daniel Elahi Galan (COL) defeated [Q] Thiago Seyboth Wild (BRA) 6-3 6-4
Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) defeated Michael Mmoh (USA) 6-4 6-4
Christopher O’Connell (AUS) vs. Joao Sousa (POR)
Aljaz Bedene (SLO) vs. [Q] Thomas Fabbiano (ITA)

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ATP Tour daily wrap: Cordoba/Montpellier/Pune – Carreno Busta, Karlovic and Verdasco out in respective opening rounds

WITH the Australian Open now in the rear view mirror, the ATP Tour split across three continents, with tournaments in Argentina, France and India. We recap how the first matches from the respective Round of 32s went down.

TATA OPEN, PUNE – INDIA:

Both home nation representatives have fallen, while last year’s runner-up also went down in a day where four singles matches were completed. Qualifier, Viktor Troicki moved through to the Round of 16 following a 6-2 6-7 6-1 victory of India’s Sumit Nagal. Seventh seed Italian, Salvatore Caruso also booked a spot in the next round with a 3-6 6-4 7-5 victory over Indian wildcard Ramkumar Ramanathan, while Japanese fifth seed, Yuichi Sugita downed Italian Thomas Fabbiano comfortably, 6-3 6-0.

The surprise of the day was a straight sets win to German, Cedrik-Marcel Stebe who handled big-serving veteran, Ivo Karlovic in straight sets. While Karlovic celebrated his 40th birthday last year, the Croatian made the Tata Open final 12 months ago and was considered one of the outside contenders for the title. Stebe had other ideas however, winning 6-3 6-4 in just over an hour as Karlovic only marginally shaded Stebe in the ace department (6-5), but the German’s first serve points percentage of 83 per cent was important. Stunningly, Stebe broke Karlovic eight times – from only eight opportunities – while the Croatian could only manage it twice from four chances. Stebe now moves on to face Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis, the second seed in the tournament.

OPEN SUD DE FRANCE, MONTEPELLIER – FRANCE:

Three singles matches were completed in the opening round at the Open Sud de France as qualifying was completed on Day 2. Canadian, Vasek Pospisil defeated Slovenian, Alijaz Bedene in straight sets, 6-3 6-4, while Frenchman, Gregoire Barrere moved through to the last 16 with a straight sets win over Portugals’ Joao Sousa, 6-2 7-6

The biggest upset occurred with top 30 Spaniard, Pablo Carreno Busta knocked out of the tournament in three sets by Slovakian, Norbert Gombos. The 104th ranked Gombos triumphed after being a set down, 3-6 6-4 6-3 to move through to the Round of 16. The match took an hour and 43 minutes, serving nine aces and winning 72 per cent of his first serve points. Carreno Busta won 75 per cent of his first serve points, but managed just 29 per cent on his second serve. Despite breaking three times, Gombos broke four times and won 42 per cent of his receiving points in one of his best performances to-date.

CORDOBA OPEN, CORDOBA – ARGENTINA:

Down on the clay courts of Cordoba, seventh seed Fernando Verdasco was the biggest casualty of the first day, losing to compatriot, Spanish qualifier Carlos Taberner. The qualifier won 4-6 6-1 6-4 to knock out the experienced veteran, winning 75 per cent of his first serve points and breaking five times to his opponents’ three. While he did serve six double faults to only four aces, he was consistent for longer, particularly after settling in the second set.

In other results, Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas moved through to the Round of 16 with the sixth seed getting up over Argentinian, Federico Delbonis 7-5 6-2. Meanwhile Hungary’s Attila Balazs defeated Italian, Lorenzo Sonego 6-2 7-6 and Italian Gianluca Mager sent Argentinian qualifier, Juan Pablo Ficovich packing, 6-2 3-6 6-2.

Australian Open: Qualifying – Round 1 – Highest ranked Aussie Inglis to face Bouchard in second round

PLAYERS desperate to earn one of 16 spots in the main draw of the Australian Open kicked off their campaign yesterday with the first half of the Round 1 qualifying matches taking place. With poor air quality around the entire state including Melbourne Park, it made it tough for players who fought through for the most part despite a number of retirements or forced breaks.

In the men’s draw, 10 of the 16 seeds advanced through to the second round, with the biggest upset coming from Australian, Aleksandar Vukic. The 273rd ranked 23-year old from Sydney knocked off 11th seed and 113th ranked Italian, Thomas Fabbiano. Arguably more remarkably, 512th ranked Blake Mott shined on his home court, running out a straights sets winner over 27th seed and former top 100 player, Portugal’s Pedro Sousa. Other Australians who won included Max Purcell and Luke Saville, while it was the end of the road for former top 20 player Bernard Tomic, bowing out in straight sets to seventh seed, United States’ Denis Kudla. Jason Kubler and Matt Ebden also departed the first round of qualifying, along with wildcards, Harry Bourchier and Tristan Schoolkate who went down to seeded opponents.

Also out of the running for an Australian Open spot were the likes of Israel’s Dudi Sela, Slovakia’s Martin Klizan and Slovenia’s Blaz Rola, with the latter copping Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky in the first round, a 34-year old veteran who reached as high as 31st in the world rankings back in 2010. Names to keep an eye on as they run to the main draw include Italian Pablo Lorenzi (career high 34th), with the 12th seed almost unfairly playing unseeded Lukas Rosol (career high 26) with both more than capable of causing headaches for opponents despite now being 38 and 34 years of age respectively. Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis might be sitting at a lowly 254th in the world rankings, but who could forget when he reached the top 10 back in 2014, on the back of a couple of titles in France. He has not won a title since, but is far too good to be playing through qualifying.

In today’s matches, number one seed Austrian Dennis Novak starts his road to the main draw against consistent German, Dustin Brown, while Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen – seeded second – will take on Australian talent Rinky Hijkata. In the value basket of players more than worthy of an automatic main draw spot but for one reason or another find themslves low down the order are Serbia’s Viktor Troicki, Belgium’s Steve Darcis and Kimmer Coppejans, France’s Nicolas Mahut and ninth seed, Japan’s Go Soeda. Akira Santillan will lead the Australian charge on Day 2, taking on France’s Quentin Halys, with just he and Hijkata left to play their first round matches.

Men’s Day 1 Results:

[7] D. Kudla (USA) defeated B. Tomic (AUS) 7-6 6-3
[10] N. Gombos (SVK) defeated J. Ficovich (ARG) 6-4 6-1
[WC] A. Vukic (AUS) defeated [11] T. Fabbiano (ITA) 7-6 6-4
[12] P. Lorenzi (ITA) defeated A. Menendez-Maceiras (ESP) 6-3 6-3
[13] G. Mager (ITA) defeated M. Ebden (AUS) 7-5 6-4
M. Janvier (FRA) defeated [14] A. Hoang (FRA) 7-6 6-7 6-1
[15] F. Coria (ARG) defeated R. Ramanathan 4-6 6-4 6-1
[16] P. Gojowczyk (GER) defeated T. Seyboth Wild (BRA) 6-4 6-2
[17] P. Gunneswaran (IND) defeated [WC] H. Bourchier (AUS) 6-2 6-4
[19] J. Jung (TAI) defeated D. Young (USA) 6-4 6-7 6-1
[26] K. Kovalik (SVK) defeated T. Kamke (GER) 6-1 7-6
[WC] B. Mott (AUS) defeated [27] P. Sousa (POR) 6-3 6-4
Z. Li (CHN) defeated [28] D. Sela (ISR) 7-6 5-3 RET
[29] J. Varillas (PER) defeated [WC] T. Schoolkate (AUS) 2-6 7-5 7-5
P. Krstin (SRB) defeated [30] M. Klizan (SVK) 6-3 6-2
S. Stakhovsky (UKR) defeated [31] B. Rola (SLO) 7-6 6-4
I. Ivashka (BLR) defeated L. Broady (GBR) 6-3 6-0
J. Domingues (POR) defeated M. Moraing (GER) 7-6 6-3
M. Purcell (AUS) defeated A. Collarini (ARG) 7-6 6-7 6-4
R. Marcora (ITA) defeated L. Lacko (SVK) 6-3 6-2
F. Ferreira Silva (POR) defeated J. Nam (KR) 2-6 6-4 6-4
M. Bachinger (GER) defeated [WC] J. Kubler (AUS) 7-5 7-5
D. Galan (COL) defeated F. Baldi (ITA) 6-1 6-2
L. Rosol (CZE) defeated T. Lamasine (FRA) 6-4 6-3
P. Martinez (ESP) defeated J. Lenz (GER) 6-0 6-1
[WC] L. Saville (AUS) defeated M. Torpegaard (AUT) 6-3 6-3
M. Viola (ITA) defeated N. Kuhn (ESP) 4-6 6-3 3-1 RET
A. Tabilo (CHI) defeated B. Zapata Miralles (ESP) 7-6 2-6 6-3
E. Gulbis (LAT) defeated M. Cressy (USA) 6-3 6-3
Y. Hanfmann (GER) defeated C. Taberner (ESP) 7-6 6-1
B. Kavcic (SLO) defeated J. Clarke (GBR) 7-6 3-6 6-2
C. Lestienne (FRA) defeated B. Van de Zandschulp (NED) 6-3 1-6 7-5

Looking at the women’s first round of qualifying, 14 of the 16 seeds made it through unscathed, with only Germany’s Antonia Lottner smashing 17th seed, Katarzyna Kawa from Poland 6-2 6-1, while United States’ Whitney Osuigwe – seeded 26th – went down to Italian, Martina Di Giuseppe, 3-6 6-4 6-1. Russian 12th seed, Liudmila Samsonova had the easiest match of the day, breezing through with a 6-1 6-0 rout of China’s Lu Jia-Jing. Elsewhere, number one seed, Ana Bogdan moved through to the next round after downing Australian wildcard, Ivana Popovic, while Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele and Romania’s Monica Niculescu – both former top 50 players – are on track to face off in the third round for a spot in the main draw.

From the Australian point of view, 21st seed Maddison Inglis made it through in an absolute epic contest, winning 6-3 0-6 7-6 with the final tiebreaker going to 19-17 before she could move through against Slovakian Rebecca Sramkova. Now Inglis faces a huge task in former world number five Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard – now ranked 211th in the world. Belinda Woolcock takes on Bogdan in an equally tough match after downing countrywoman and fellow wildcard, Olivia Tjandramulia easily, 6-0 6-3. A couple of Australians were also bundled out with Abbie Myers and Ellen Perez both out after tough first round draws.

Bouchard is clearly the standout player to watch given her fall from the heights that saw her an established top 10 player despite only winning one title. Along with Bogdan, Voegele and Niculescu, there is plenty of talent capable of upsetting a top 100 player in the main draw, while Nicole Gibbs is also a confident player after her run at Limoges last month, making it through to the next round.

Second seed Japan’s Nao Hibino begins her campaign today, with a number of enthralling contests. From a home court point of view, Storm Sanders will lead the Australian charge, taking on American Robin Anderson, while Kaylah McPhee has the toughest draw against 13th seed Belgian Greet Minnen. Jaimee Fourlis is the other Australian out on court today, taking on China’s Xun Fang Ying. Some matches to watch include Italian Sara Errani taking on fifth seed Russian, Anna Kalinskaya who it is fair to say would be shaking her head at copping a former top five player in the first round of qualifying. Poland’s Urszula Radwanska (career high 29th) and Sweden’s Johanna Larsson (20th) battling it out on Court 10 is a must-watch for a first round of qualifying.

Women’s Day 1 Results:

[1] A. Bogdan (ROU) defeated [WC] I. Popovic (AUS) 7-6 6-4
[8] A. Bolsova (ESP) defeated P. Ozgen (TUR) 6-2 6-3
[9] Y. Bonaventure (BEL) defeated [WC] D. Parry (FRA) 6-2 7-5
[11] S. Voegele (SUI) defeated D. Jakupovic (SLO) 4-6 6-5 RET
[12] L. Samsonova (RUS) defeated J. Lu (CHN) 6-1 6-0
[14] F. Di Lorenzo (USA) defeated J. Grabher (AUT) 6-3 6-2
[15] N. Gibbs (USA) defeated C. Bucsa (ESP) 6-0 2-6 7-5
[16] V. Flink (CZE) defeated O. Dodin (FRA) 7-6 6-3
A. Lottner (GER) defeated [17] K. Kawa (POL) 6-2 6-1
[20] M. Niculescu (ROU) defeated A. Kalinina (UKR) 7-6 6-2
[21] M. Inglis (AUS) defeated R. Sramkova (SVK) 6-3 0-6 7-6
[23] T. Martincova (CZE) defeated A. Krunic (SRB) 6-1 6-1
[24] X. Wang (CHN) defeated R. Hogenkamp (NED) 6-3 6-2
M. Di Giuseppe (ITA) defeated [26] W. Osuigwe (USA) 3-6 6-4 6-1
[30] C. Dolehide (USA) defeated M. Bolvadze (GEO) 6-3 6-2
[31] A. Li (USA) defeated M. Sherif (IRQ) 6-3 7-5
[WC] B. Woolcock (AUS) defeated [WC] O. Tjandramulia (AUS) 6-0 6-3
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) [WC] E. Perez (AUS) 7-6 6-1
S. Rogers (USA) defeated M. Barthel (GER) 6-4 6-0
O. Govortsova (BLR) defeated [WC] A. Myers (AUS) 7-5 7-5
M. Trevisan (ITA) defeated J. Cristian (ROU) 6-2 6-2
E. Bouchard (CAN) defeated X. You (CHN) 4-6 7-6 6-1
D. Satralova (CZE) defeated X. Han (CHN) 6-2 6-1
V. Tomova (BUL) defeated A. Raina (IND) 6-2 7-6
H. Baptiste (USA) defeated K. Okamura (JPN) 6-1 6-4
M. Osorio Serano (COL) defeated N. Kostic (SRB) 2-6 6-1 6-1
E. Cocciaretto (ITA) defeated B. Schoofs (NED) 6-7 7-5 6-3
V. Savinykh (RUS) defeated N. Bains (GBR) 6-2 6-2
H. Dart (GBR) defeated E. Kostova (BLR) 6-4 6-1
G. Gatto-Monticone (ITA) defeated F. Liu (CHN) 6-2 6-0
D. Aiava (AUS) defeated K. Rakhimova (RUS) 6-4 6-2
C. Muramatsu (JPN) defeated M. Melnikova (RUS) 6-1 5-7 6-4