The first day of 104th Australian Open was quite full with ups and downs. Top seed players like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova won their respective first round matches whereas Sara Errani and Caroline Wozniacki got shocking exists from Australian Open 2016.
Men’s Singles Results
In the men’s singles event, the results were not so surprising as all top seed players won their respective matches and through to the second round of competition. Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych, Giles Simon, Grigor Dimitrov, Andreas Seppi, Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won their respective round-1 matches to get into the 2nd round of Aus Open 2016.
World no.1 player Novak Djokovic beat 19-year old South Korean player Hyeon Chung comfortably in three sets of the match. Serbian star entered in the second round of Aus Open 2016 by 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 score victory over Hyeon Chung. Djokovic was happy with his start in the title defence and after the match he praised Chung’s effort too.
Djokovic said, “I think serve is something that I take out from today’s match as the best part of my game. Got me a lot of free points, you know, a lot of winners and aces from that shot. Of course, in days like this, you need to serve well.”
Four time Australian Open champ Roger Federer registered comfortable win against 23-year old Georgia player Nikoloz Basilashvili. Swiss player beat Basilashvili by 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 score line in the first round match. After the win Roger mentioned that it was good match for him and was happy with the performance.
Federer said, “That was a good match. I’m really pleased how I was able to play. Definitely gives me a bit of a lift in confidence, you know, because this year I haven’t been able to play properly yet. I mean, I had some decent matches in Brisbane, but it was all under, you know, sort of a cloud knowing that I wasn’t 100 per cent.”
Women’s Singles Results
Women’s singles matches were quite eventful on the day-1 of Australian Open as some of the top seed players got early exit from the tournament. 16 seed player Caroline Wozniacki received shocking result in round-1 from Russian Yulia Putintseva. One of the biggest setback after Wozniacki’s exit was Italy’s Sara Errani who failed to beat Russian player Margarita Gasparyan.
In another match Germany’s Andrea Petkovic who was 22nd seed player in the competition, lost against qualifier player Elizaveta Kulichkova from Russia. One more setback in the women’s singles as 24 seed player Sloane Stephens failed to make it through second round of 2016 Australian Open and lost round-1 game against Chinese player Qiang Wang.
Top women’s seed player Serena Williams has won first round match quite easily. She beat Italian Camila Giorgi in straight sets by 6-4, 7-5 to storm into the second round of first grand slam of 2016 year. Title defender of the tournament mentioned that she was focused during the match and would be looking some great games in the near future of Australian Open.
Serena said, “It wasn’t easy. She knows how to hit the shots. I haven’t played a competitive match in a really long time. It was an hour and 43 minutes and I didn’t feel it at all. I think I served well today. I got broken once, but other than that, I was able to stay focused on that part. And I was able to serve really well and that really helped me.”
Russia’s number 1 women’s tennis player Maria Sharapova started her 2016 Aus Open campaign in her style and beat Japan player Nao Hibino by 6-1, 6-3. After winning the match, Maria said she was feeling great on the court after so many days returning to it.
Sharapova said, “I haven’t played many matches in many weeks, so this was just great to come out here and start my season at the Australian Open. I was quite pleased with the way I was able to play.”
16 seed player Caroline Wozniacki never thought of that she would face defeat in the early stage of 2016 Kia Australian Open. Russian player Yulia Putintseva beat Wozniacki by 1-6, 7-6(7-3), 6-4 in the round-1 of tournament to proceed for second round. Wozniacki was upset after the match and hardly she had something left after the defeat to say.
Wozniacki said, “It wasn’t a pretty first set but I got it done and really should have closed it off in two. You know, I let her back into the match, and it was basically my own fault that I’m not here as the winner.”
In other women’s singles matches, Carla Suarez, Eugenie Bouchard, Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Roberta Vinci, Kristyna Pliskova and Irina Falconi won their respective matches to through to the second round of Australian open 2016.