January 17, 2011

Australian Open 2011: Day 1 wrap

By TDB HQ In Archive

A few seeds were sent home on Day 1. Sam Querrey [18], Nikolay Davydenko [23], Aravane Rezai [17] and Daniela Hantuchova [28] all lost their opening round matches.

There were also a few close calls. Gael Monfils [12] was down 2 sets and a few breaks in the third set to Thiemo de Bakker.¬†Unfortunately, Thiemo suffered some groin and brain issues and could not close out the match. Justine Henin [11] came up against Sania Mirza‘s forehand which was on fire in the first two sets. Justine had to fight to the death in the second set to level the match then, as expected, Sania went away in the third.

We all called the Yanina Wickmayer [21] and Jarka Groth match to be close and hard fought and it lived up to the hype. I wish they had screamed expletives at each other but a few death stares courtesy of Wicky almost made up for the lack of verbal abuse.

Notable Day 1 results:

Gael Monfils [12] def. Thiemo De Bakker 6-7 (5), 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-1
Lukasz Kubot def. Sam Querrey [18] 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6
Adrian Mannarino def. Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
Robin Haase def. Carlos Berlocq 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5)
Florian Mayer def. Nikolay Davydenko [23] 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4

Caroline Wozniacki [1] def. Gisela Dulko 6-3, 6-4
Francesca Schiavone [6] def. Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4
Maria Sharapova [14] def. Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-1, 6-3
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova def. Aravane Rezai [17] 6-0, 3-6, 7-5
Regina Kulikova def. Daniela Hantuchova [28] 7-6 (3), 3-6, 9-7
Yanina Wickmayer [21] def. Jarmila Groth 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
Justine Henin [11] def. Sania Mirza 5-7, 6-3, 6-1

Complete Day 1 results here.

Image via Australian Open

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