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Australian Open Day 1-2

Day Two

Wawrinka Opens Title Defense; Djokovic, Serena Cruise; Azarenka Beats Stephens

January 20 2015 ITS Staff Melbourne, Australia – Defending champion Stan Wawrinka opened his bid for a back to back Australian Open title cruising to a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over No.100 ranked Marsel Ilhan of Turkey on Tuesday. The Swiss cracked 34 winners and saved the only two break points he faced.

 

The No.4 seed Wawrinka, who is coming in fresh from a season-opening title victory at the Chennai Open last week, won his first Grand Slam title last year beating top-seed Rafael Nadal in the finals including an upset win over 4-time champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Wawrinka also partnered with Roger Federer to claim their Davis Cup title for Switzerland.

 

2014 U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori overcame a dangerous opening round opponent in former World No. 9 Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4, 7-6(1), 6-2. Nishikori, who is looking to win his first major title, reached the quarterfinals here in 2012.

 

For the third consecutive year, two-time former champion Victoria Azarenka knocked off Sloane Stephens at the  Australian Open with a 6-3 6-2 win to advance to the second round. In 2013, the Belarusian defeated Stephens in the semifinals and again last year in the Round of 16s. Due to injuries, Azarenka is unseeded at this year’s Australian Open, having fallen to World No. 44 in the world rankings, her lowest ranking since September 2007.

 

Four-time Australian Open winner Djokovic defeated No. 116-ranked Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in his opening match to easily advance to the second round. Djokovic, who improved to 44-6 in Melbourne, hit 30 winners in the one hour and 49 minute match despite feeling under the weather with a cold. He won his first-ever Grand Slam in 2008, then won consecutive Australian Open crowns from 2011 to 2013 before falling to Wawrinka last year.

 

World No.1 Serena Williams played flawlessly in the opening set then cruised to victory against Alison Van Uytvanck 6-0 6-4. Williams will be tested in the second round by former World No.2 Vera Zvonareva, a two-time Grand Slam finalist (2010 Wimbledon, 2010 U.S. Open) who is making a comeback from an injury plagued career since 2012. The 30 year old Russian, who took a break for a year and half before re-emerging at the 2015 Shenzen Open, cruised past Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 6-2 6-3 earlier in the day.

Australian Open Men's Singles First Round Tuesday Jan 20

1-Novak Djokovic beat Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-2 6-4

4-Stan Wawrinka beat Marsel Ilhan 6-1 6-4 6-2

13-Roberto Bautista beat Dominic Thiem 4-6 6-2 6-3 7-6(5)                         

Ivan Dodig beat Joao Souza 6-4 7-5 6-4                                           

Gilles Muller beat Pablo Carreno 6-4 7-6(5) 7-6(3)                             

Andreas Haider-Maurer beat Laurent Lokoli 6-4 7-5 4-6 6-3                         

31-Fernando Verdasco beat James Ward 2-6 6-0 7-6(6) 6-3                           

18-Gilles Simon beat Robin Haase 6-1 6-3 6-4                                 

19-John Isner beat Jimmy Wang 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4                                        

Marcel Granollers beat Stephane Robert 6-3 6-4 6-4                                 

8-Milos Raonic beat Illya Marchenko 7-6(3) 7-6(3) 6-3                             

Donald Young beat Tim Puetz  6-4 4-6 6-3 6-2                                        

12-Feliciano Lopez beat Denis Kudla 3-6 6-2 4-6 6-2 10-8         

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-7(1) 7-5 6-4 1-0 ret.

Alejandro Gonzalez beat 16-Fabio Fognini 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4                         

Adrian Mannarino beat Blaz Rola 7-6(7) 6-3 6-2                                   

5-Kei Nishikori beat Nicolas Almagro 6-4 7-6(1) 6-2                                 

Steve Johnson beat Kyle Edmund 6-4 6-4 6-3                                         

30-Santiago Giraldo beat Jan Hernych 6-3 6-2 6-2

17-Gael Monfils beat Lucas Pouille 6-7(3) 3-6 6-4 6-1 6-4                         

Vasek Pospisil beat Sam Querrey 6-3 6-7(5) 2-6 6-4 6-4                              

Lleyton Hewitt beat Zhang Ze 6-3 1-6 6-0 6-4                                    

Benjamin Becker beat 25-Julien Benneteau 7-5 5-7 6-2 6-4                         

Jerzy Janowicz beat Hiroki Moriya 7-6(5) 2-6 6-3 7-5                               

Andrey Kuznetsov beat Albert Ramos 6-1 3-6 6-3 7-6(3)                              

Sergiy Stakhovsky beat Dusan Lajovic 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-7(3) 6-4                      

Paolo Lorenzi beat 21-Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 6-3 6-2                             

Go Soeda beat Elias Ymer 1-6 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-3                                       

Jarkko Nieminen beat Andrey Golubev 6-1 6-2 7-6(6)                           

Marius Copil beat Pablo Andujar 6-2 6-2 7-5                                       

9-David Ferrer beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-7(2) 6-2 6-0 6-3                             

Matthias Bachinger beat 27-Pablo Cuevas 7-6(1) 6-3 6-1

Australian Open Women's Singles First Round Tuesday Jan 20

Ajla Tomljanovic beat Shelby Rogers 4-6 6-4 6-0                 

Anna Tatishvili beat Kimiko Date-Krumm 7-5 6-4                    

1-Serena Williams beat Alison Van Uytvanck 6-0 6-4              

Johanna Larsson beat Alla Kudryavtseva 6-4 6-3                 

Lauren Davis beat Aleksandra Krunic 6-1 7-5                      

Camila Giorgi beat 12-Flavia Pennetta 4-6 6-2 6-3                

30-Varvara Lepchenko beat Vitalia Diatchenko 6-3 6-3             

6-Agnieszka Radwanska beat Kurumi Nara 6-3 6-0                  

18-Venus Williams beat Maria Teresa Torro 6-2 6-2                 

Madison Keys beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-3 7-5                        

Timea Bacsinszky beat 15-Jelena Jankovic 6-1 6-4          

Mona Barthel beat Donna Vekic 3-6 6-4 6-2                    

Tereza Smitkova beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-1 6-1     

26-Elina Svitolina beat Yulia Putintseva 6-3 7-5          

Madison Brengle beat 13-Andrea Petkovic 5-7 7-6(4) 6-3          

Vera Zvonareva beat Ons Jabeur 6-2 6-3                        

Nicole Gibbs beat Olivia Rogowska 6-4 6-1                     

4-Petra Kvitova beat Richel Hogenkamp 6-1 6-4     

29-Casey Dellacqua beat Yvonne Meusburger 6-4 6-0    

Irina Falconi beat Kaia Kanepi 2-6 6-4 7-5                       

Coco Vandeweghe beat Francesca Schiavone 6-2 6-2                  

8-Caroline Wozniacki beat Taylor Townsend 7-6(1) 6-2            

11-Dominika Cibulkova beat Kirsten Flipkens 3-6 6-3 6-1   

25-Barbora Zahlavova Strycova beat Timea Babos 6-4 6-4

Daniela Hantuchova beat Zheng Saisai 6-4 6-4                  

19-Alize Cornet beat Zhang Shuai 6-3 6-2                        

Tsvetana Pironkova beat Heather Watson 6-4 6-0              

Chang Kai-Chen beat Zheng Jie 6-1 6-2                           

Victoria Azarenka beat Sloane Stephens 6-3 6-2                  

20-Samantha Stosur beat Monica Niculescu 6-4 6-1           

24-Garbine Muguruza beat Marina Erakovic 7-5 6-0    

Denisa Allertova beat Romina Oprandi 6-0 6-2

Day One

Federer, Nadal, Murray, Berdych, Dimitrov Lead Day One Winners

atpworldtour.com: January 19 2015 Melbourne, Australia Roger Federer maintained his record of never having lost in the Australian Open first round Monday as he started his quest to become only the second man in Australian Open history to win five titles. Roy Emerson won his sixth crown in 1967. The second seed, a winner of 17 Grand Slam championships, defeated Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 during the night session on Rod Laver Arena. He will next challenge Simone Bolelli, who was a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 winner over Juan Monaco.

 

Third seed and 2009 titlist Rafael Nadal got off to a speedy start on Monday, defeating Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in his opening match. Nadal lost just eight of his service points and hit 37 winners for victory in one hour and 50 minutes. Nadal will now challenge Tim Smyczek, who defeated Luke Saville 7-6(2), 7-5, 6-4.

 

Sixth seed Andy Murray also had a successful start, notching a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) win over Yuki Bhambri of India. He will next face Australian Marinko Matosevic, who advanced with a 6-4, 6-7(5), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over Russian Alexander Kudrayavtsev. Grigor Dimitrov ousted Dustin Brown 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 as Day One of the 2015 Australian Open commenced on Monday at Melbourne Park. The 23 year old fired 11 aces and 30 winners for the 69-minute win. 

 

Seventh seed Tomas Berdych advanced to the second round of the Australian Open after he defeated Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-3, 7-6(1), 6-3 in his opening match. Berdych goes on to face qualifier Jurgen Melzer, who dismissed Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

Sharapova, Halep, Bouchard Win Openers; Ivanovic, Kerber, Safarova Exit Early

wtatennis.com: January 19, 2015 Melbourne, Australia - Maria Sharapova restored some order after an absolute manic Monday at the Australian Open, beating birthday girl Petra Martic in straight sets in her opening match.

 

Sharapova is arguably the hottest player on the tour going into the Happy Slam, winning the biggest of the five lead-up tournaments in Brisbane. And the No.2-seeded Russian continued that form under the lights on Rod Laver Arena, edging Croatian qualifier Martic - who was celebrating her 24th birthday on Monday - in a tight first set before running away with it in the second set to prevail, 6-4, 6-1.

 

Simona Halep, the No.3 seed, was in complete control of her match defeating Karin Knapp in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.  Other seeds moving on were No.7 seed and 2014 Australian Open semifinalist Eugenie Bouchard, who held off Anna-Lena Friedsam, 6-2, 6-4, No.10 seed Ekaterina Makarova, No.14 seed Sara Errani, No.21 seed Peng Shuai, No.22-seeded Sydney finalist Karolina Pliskova and No.31 seed Zarina Diyas.

 

A whopping eight of the 16 seeds in action on Day 1 were bundled out of the tournament, most notably a pair of Top 10 stars - No.5 seed Ana Ivanovic couldn't capitalize on a fantastic first set and ended up falling to Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, and No.9 seed Angelique Kerber lost to Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-4, 0-6, 6-1.

 

Other surprises saw Yaroslava Shvedova edge No.16 seed Lucie Safarova, 6-4, 2-6, 8-6, Carina Witthoeft outclassed No.17 seed Carla Suárez Navarro, 6-3, 6-1, Yanina Wickmayer take out No.23 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, WTA Rising Star Caroline Garcia take out No.27 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-4, 6-2, Kristina Mladenovic - another WTA Rising Star - come back to beat No.28 seed Sabine Lisicki, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, and Julia Goerges beat No.32 seed Belinda Bencic, 6-2, 6-1

Australian Open Men's Singles First Round Monday Jan 19

2-Roger Federer beat Lu Yen-Hsun 6-4 6-2 7-5                     

3-Rafa Nadal beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-3 6-2 6-2                          

6-Andy Murray beat Yuki Bhambri 6-3 6-4 7-6(3)                        

7-Tomas Berdych beat Alejandro Falla 6-3 7-6(1) 6-3         

10-Grigor Dimitrov beat Dustin Brown 6-2 6-3 6-2

23-Ivo Karlovic beat Ruben Bemelmans 6-4 6-2 6-4                    

28-Lukas Rosol beat Kenny De Schepper 4-6 6-2 6-7(4) 6-3 6-4  

22-Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2 6-2 6-1         

20-David Goffin beat Michael Russell 6-3 6-3 5-7 6-0                   

24-Richard Gasquet beat Carlos Berlocq 6-1 6-3 6-1                 

14-Kevin Anderson beat Diego Schwartzman 7-6(5) 7-5 5-7 6-4  

29-Jeremy Chardy beat Borna Coric 3-6 6-4 7-5 6-4                    

32-Martin Klizan beat Tatsuma Ito 7-6(6) 6-2 6-4

Bernard Tomic beat Tobias Kamke 7-5 6-7(1) 6-3 6-2                

26-Leonardo Mayer beat John Millman 6-3 6-3 6-2                             

Joao Sousa beat Jordan Thompson 6-4 7-6(5) 6-4                   

Marcos Baghdatis beat Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-2 6-7(5) 3-6 6-4 6-4      

Tim Smyczek beat Luke Saville 7-6(2) 7-5 6-4                         

Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat 15-Tommy Robredo 2-3 ret.

James Duckworth beat Blaz Kavcic 6-2 5-7 7-6(7) 3-6 6-2   

Nick Kyrgios beat Federico Delbonis 7-6(2) 3-6 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3   

Thanasi Kokkinakis beat 11-Ernests Gulbis 5-7 6-0 1-6 7-6(2) 8-6   

Malek Jaziri beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2 6-3 2-6 7-6(3)           

Simone Bolelli beat Juan Monaco 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-1     

Marinko Matosevic beat Alexander Kudryavtsev 6-4 6-7(5) 4-6 7-5 6-3

Lukas Lacko beat Maximo Gonzalez 4-6 6-2 7-5 6-7(4) 6-1          

Ricardas Berankis beat Igor Sijsling 2-6 6-4 7-6(2) 6-7(6) 6-4

Andreas Seppi beat Denis Istomin 5-7 6-3 2-6 6-1 6-4   

Viktor Troicki beat Jiri Vesely 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-3               

Dudi Sela beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-3 7-5                

Samuel Groth beat Filip Krajinovic 6-3 7-6(4) 6-4                  

Jurgen Melzer beat Victor Estrella 6-1 6-4 6-2            

Australian Open Women's Singles First Round Monday Jan 19

2-Maria Sharapova beat Petra Martic 6-4 6-1                          

3-Simona Halep beat Karin Knapp 6-3 6-2                              

7-Eugenie Bouchard beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-2 6-4                  

10-Ekaterina Makarova beat An-Sophie Mestach 6-2 6-2                

22-Karolina Pliskova beat Evgeniya Rodina 7-5 6-1            

31-Zarina Diyas beat Urszula Radwanska 3-6 6-4 6-2               

14-Sara Errani beat Grace Min 6-1 6-0                   

21-Peng Shuai beat Tatjana Maria 6-4 7-5                             

Carina Witthoeft beat 17-Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 6-1                 

Yaroslava Shvedova beat 16-Lucie Safarova 6-4 2-6 8-6    

Alexandra Panova beat Sorana Cirstea 7-5 6-0                        

Silvia Soler Espinosa beat Annika Beck 7-5 6-4                       

Roberta Vinci beat Bojana Jovanovski 7-5 6-1                          

Christina Mchale beat Stephanie Foretz 6-4 1-6 12-10                   

Kiki Bertens  beat Daria Gavrilova 7-6(8) 5-7 6-2             

Irina Begu beat 9-Angelique Kerber 6-4 0-6 6-1                     

Monica Puig beat Arina Rodionova 6-0 6-3                     

Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat Duan Yingying 6-4 3-6 6-3           

Yanina Wickmayer beat 23-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 4-6 6-3 6-3       

Katerina Siniakova beat Elena Vesnina 6-2 7-5                

Oceane Dodin beat Alison Riske 7-6(5) 3-6 6-3                          

Stefanie Voegele beat Pauline Parmentier 6-1 3-6 6-2            

Polona Hercog beat Wang Qiang 3-6 6-3 6-2                            

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova beat Chanelle Scheepers 6-4 4-6 6-2

Kristina Mladenovic beat 28-Sabine Lisicki 4-6 6-4 6-2              

Lucie Hradecka beat 5-Ana Ivanovic 1-6 6-3 6-2               

Caroline Garcia beat 27-Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 6-2                  

Klara Koukalova beat Storm Sanders 7-5 6-4                

Jarmila Gajdosova beat Alexandra Dulgheru 6-3 6-4                

Lara Arruabarrena Vecino beat Renata Voracova 6-1 6-2         

Magdalena Rybarikova beat Ana Konjuh 6-4 6-4                      

Julia Goerges beat 32-Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-1

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