2013-01-14 ~ 2013 Australian Open Women’s Update ~ Day 1 Action
by Karen Pestaina ~ Special for WSEN
The first day of the “down under” grand slam the Australian Open saw all but one of the top seeded women move on. No. 2 Maria Sharapova led the way with a 6-0, 6-0 demolition of fellow Russian countrywoman Russian Olga Puchkova. Sharapova showed no signs of her right collarbone injury which sidelined her from a tournament in Brisbane two weeks ago. Sharapova made more news on Monday by joining the world of twitter. Her handle is @mariasharapova.
American Venus Williams cruised past Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva 6-1, 6-0. For Venus this is a comeback Australian Open as she was absent from the 2012 tournament while stilll dealing with her then recent diagnosis of Sjögren’s syndrome, an auto immune disorder. With her sister Serena Williams watching in the stands, 32-year old Venus evaluated her play on Monday, “just continue to have depth on the balls,“ said Venus. For me, I’m a net player; I like to get to the net. But the courts are a lot slower, so you have to be selective on how you get to the net, especially. You know, the stronger players you play with, the more experience. And continuing to serve well always makes the match easier. So those are some of the big-picture things.”
No. 4 seed, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska battled through a topsy turvy first set to move past Australian Bojana Bobusic 7-5, 6-0 to extend her 2013 winning streak to 10.
2011 Australian Open finalist and No. 6 seed, China’s Li Na beat Sesil Karatantcheva 6-1, 6-3 while Sam Stosur made it through a first set challenge to move into the second round with a 7-6(3) 6-3 win over Kai-Chen Chang of Taipei.
Other Women’s seeds advancing included Ana Ivanovic, Marion Bartoli, Jelena Jankovic, Sorana Cirstea, Klara Zakopalova and Ekaterina Makarova.
Up and coming American teen Madison Keys, who earned a wild card into Australia by capturing the US Tennis Association’s wild card tournament back in December, began the tournament with 6-4, 7-6(0) win over local favorite Casey Dellacqua of Australia.
The lone seeded Woman to lose was No. 32 Mona Barthel who fell to Ksenia Pervak 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.
Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka are set to take the court on Tuesday, along with Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki and Sloane Stephens.
About the author…Karen Pestaina is the director of Tennis Panorama News – a leading website for tennis news and information, tournament coverage and features.