Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Australian Open 2014 - Day 2

The hopes of the home nation begin to dwindle as their headliners bow out with fewer still looking capable of surviving Round 2. Here are some significant results.

Rafael Nadal (Spain) [1]
Bernard Tomic (Australia)
6-4 retired

One of Australia's rising stars nobody thought he'd be able to overcome the giant that is Nadal despite being in decent form. However I remember reading yesterday that he had confidence of causing an upset, which is quite ironic now seeing as he retired.

Andreas Seppi (Italy) [24]
Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)
7-6 (7-4),6-3,5-7,5-7,7-5

Australia's hope and a record setting player bowed out in five tough sets against Seppi. It's a shame to see Hewitt out in Round 1 since many were touting his good form being able to draw in a good result. There's not many more years left for Hewitt so I hope he gets his game back on.

Jimmy Wang (Taiwan)
Yen-Hsun Lu (Taiwan)

How often is it that you get two male Taiwanese players playing each other in a Grand Slam? Well in this case the more seasoned player came out victorious.

Martin Klizan (Slovakia)
John Isner (USA) [13]
6-2,7-6 (8-6)

Another seeded loss, this time in the form of American giant John Isner but because of a foot injury.

Daniel Brands (Germany)
Gilles Simon (France) [18]
7-6 (7-4), 4-6,6-3,3-6,14-16

Lasting over four and a half hours Gilles Simon managed to survive against German Daniel Brands. He next faces Cilic who also prevailed in 5 sets late into the night.

Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) [5]
Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan)

Radwanska was on shaky ground today. She'll need to perform better if she is to equal her quarterfinal best that she has achieved the past three years.

Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) [24]
Garbine Muguruza (Spain)

Garbine continues her fine form after winning the Moorilla Hobart International recently as a qualifier and now beating the 24th seed stalwart Kanepi.

Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) [19]


The reliable stalwart regularly makes it deep into the first week or early in the second week at Melbourne so seeing her early loss to a teen is unusual.

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