~ 2013 Australian Open Women’s Update ~ Day 2 Action~
by Karen Pestaina ~ Special for WSEN
No. 3 Serena Williams destroyed Edina Gallovits-Hall 6-0, 6-0 in her first round match at the Australian Open. However some concern for the American as she fell and twisted her right ankle during the first set.
Nineteen minutes into the match, with Williams up 4-0 in the first set with Gallovits-Hall serving at 15-0, Williams fell on the court grabbing her right ankle. “It was definitely a lot of pain,” said Williams. Williams had her ankle re-taped twice but it not hamper her play. “I’ve been injured before,” Williams said. I’ve played this tournament with so many injuries and was able to come off pretty on top. So for me it’s just another page and a great story to tell the grandkids one day.” Williams will play Garbine Murguruza in her next match.
No. 1 Victoria Azarenka began her defense of the Australian Open title with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Monica Niculescu of Romania. The Belarusian had to recover from 0-3 down in the second set. It was her first match since withdrawing from the Brisbane tournament with a big toe injury.
2012 French Open finalist and seventh seed Italy’s Sara Errani faltered against Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 6-4 while 12th seed Nadia Petrova was rocked by 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm, 6-2, 6-0. Date-Krumm became the oldest player to win a round at the Australian Open. Asked about what’s the secret to her longevity she said: “It’s nothing. Just I eat a lot; I sleep a lot. Last night I was in the bed before 10:00. I finished the dinner already 7:30. Sleep before 10:00 like the kids. “Because always after the match or after the practice I’m tired, so I need time to recover a lot. So I sleep a lot; I eat healthy foods; I drink a lot. It’s simple life. That’s it. Nothing special.”
Seventh seed Petra Kvitova had all she could handle in fighting off 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Former No. 1 and current No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki, who has lost in the first round of the last two Grand Slam tournaments moved through to the second round but not without a fight. She had to rally for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over German Sabine Lisicki winning the last six games in a row to close the match.
Other seeded winners on Tuesday included No. 14 Maria Kirilenko, No. 16 Roberta Vinci, No. 17 Lucie Safarova, No. 20 Yanina Wickmayer, No. 21 Varvara Lepchenko, No. 26 Su- Wei Hsiehand No. 29 Sloane Stephens. Lesia Tsurenko avenged her loss in the Brisbane tournament semifinal defeating No. 24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 while American Jamie Hampton stunned No. 31 seed Urszula Radwanksa 6-2, 6-4.
Two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is making a comeback from a knee injury came through against Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-2, 6-1.
Young American Christina McHale who lost to Yulia Putintseva 6-1, 6-7(0), 6-2 has now lost eight straight matches since last summer as she continues to struggle since her return from a bout with mononucleosis.
On the schedule for Wednesday’s matches include Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska Sam Stosur, Li Na, Venus Williams and American teen Madison Keys.
About the author…Karen Pestaina is the director of Tennis Panorama News – a leading website for tennis news and information, tournament coverage and features.