Oz Open 2013: Day 2 Winners and Losers

 

One too many Flat White refreshments and a late showing of the filmic version of Les Mis meant sleep proved impossible last night, all the more reason then to indulge in some live tennis from Down Under.

One of the better tournaments for Eurosport coverage I was treated to the ding-dong (in every sense) battle between Caroline Wozniacki and Sabine Lisicki, a peach of a first-rounder such is the duo’s ‘on paper’ quality.

The fact that both women have very different technique and are both in something of a form malaise recently only made things all the more unpredictable.

Wozniacki finally endured (2-6, 6-3, 6-3 – at one point down and out at 0-3 down in the third) and thus joins todays’ main ‘winners’ which included usual suspects Murray, FedEx, Azarenka and Serena (in typically dramatic style, clearly a double bagel isn’t enough these days).

Other victors included Tsonga, Monfils, Cilic and Kvitova (who plays our own Laura Robson next) and a particularly self-depreciating Juan Martin Del Potro who, as the only other major winner outside the Big Four in almost a decade shouldn’t be quite so crestfallen.

Hero of the day – Kimiko Date Krumm (def N.Petrova 6-2, 6-0)

Not for the first time has the now 42-year-old made headlines with notable victories since her return to the game, but this – over a Petrova somewhat resurgent herself after that Tokyo title last year – is the biggest to date.

Shock of the day – Carla Suarez Navarro def Sara Errani 6-4 6-4

Only yesterday I questioned if the likeable but rather loud Italian could repeat or at least get close to maintaining the form  that saw her become one of 2012’s brightest stars. However Errani’s first round exit at the hands of Suarez Navarro (just ask Venus how dangerous she can be) has just made 2013 that much harder from the get-go.

Marathon-Match of the day – Jarkko Nieminen def Tommy Haas 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 8-6

The all-Aussie Duckworth-Mitchell fight was an early contender for the title but this star scuffle had it all, good to see Nieminen back in the frame after a career blighted by injury. The ever-green Haas continued to delight and remains more than a relevant top-twenty force.

Elsewhere….

Men’s First-Round Scores: Day 2

Roger Federer (2) defeated Benoit Paire; 6-2, 6-4, 6-1

Andy Murray (3) defeated Robin Haase; 6-3, 6-1, 6-3

Juan Martin del Potro (6) defeated Adrian Mannarino; 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (7) defeated Michael Llodra; 6-4, 7-5, 6-2

Richard Gasquet(9) defeated Albert Montanes; 7-5, 6-2, 6-1

Marin Cilic(12) defeated Marinko Matosevic; 6-4, 7-5, 6-2

Milos Raonic (13) defeated Jan Hajek; 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7-0)

Gilles Simon (14) defeated Filippo Volandri; 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

Philipp Kohlschreiber(17) defeated Steve Darcis; 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

Gael Monfilsdefeated Alexandr Dolgopolov (18); 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-3

Jarkko Nieminendefeated Tommy Haas (19); 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 8-6

Andreas Seppi(21) defeated Horacio Zeballos; 6-2, 6-4, 6-2

Florian Mayer (25) defeated Rhyne Williams; 2-6, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (14-12), 6-1

Daniel Brands defeated Martin Klizan (27); 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Blaz Kavcicdefeated Thomaz Bellucci(29); 6-3, 6-1, 6-3

Marcel Granollers(30) defeated Grega Zemlja; 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (retired)

Bernard Tomicdefeated Leonardo Mayer; 6-3, 6-2, 6-3

Jeremy Chardydefeated Adrian Menendez-Maceiras; 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-1

Nikolay Davydenkodefeated Dudi Sela; 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3

James Duckworthdefeated Benjamin Mitchell; 6-4, 7-6 (10-8), 4-6, 5-7, 8-6

Go Soedadefeated Luke Saville; 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-2, 6-3

Joao Sousa defeated John-Patrick Smith; 6-4, 6-1, 6-4

Benjamin Becker defeated Aljaz Bedene; 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)

Ricardas Berankisdefeated Sergiy Stakhovsky; 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5

Jesse Levine defeated Tommy Robredo; 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 6-4

Ivan Dodigdefeated Di Wu; 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

Amir Weintraubdefeated Guido Pella; 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, 6-2

Yen-Hsun Lu defeated Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo; 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

Lukas Rosoldefeated Jamie Baker; 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, 6-2

Alejandro Falladefeated Josselin Ouanna; 6-4, 7-5, 6-4

Rajeev Ram defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez; 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

Denis Istomindefeated Igor Sijsling; 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

Women’s First-Round Scores: Day 2

Victoria Azarenka(1) defeated Monica Niculescu; 6-1, 6-4

Serena Williams (3) defeated Edina Gallovits-Hall; 6-0, 6-0

Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Sara Errani (7); 6-4, 6-4

Petra Kvitova(8) defeated Francesca Schiavone; 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Caroline Wozniacki(10) defeated Sabine Lisicki; 2-6, 6-3, 6-3

Kimiko Date-Krumm defeated Nadia Petrova (12); 6-2, 6-0

Maria Kirilenko (14) defeated Vania King; 6-4, 6-2

Roberta Vinci(16) defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa; 6-3, 7-5

Lucie Safarova(17) defeated Mirjana Lucic-Baroni; 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

Yanina Wickmayer(20) defeated Jarmila Gajdosova; 6-1, 7-5

Varvara Lepchenko(21) defeated Polona Hercog; 6-4, 6-1

Lesia Tsurenkodefeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (24); 7-5, 3-6, 7-5

Su-Wei Hsieh(26) defeated Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino; 7-6 (7-5), 6-2

Annika Beck defeated Yaroslava Shvedova (28); 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3

Sloane Stephens (29) defeated Simona Halep; 6-1, 6-1

Jamie Hampton defeated Urszula Radwanska (31); 6-2, 6-4

Svetlana Kuznetsovadefeated Lourdes Dominguez Lino; 6-2, 6-1

Laura Robson defeated Melanie Oudin; 6-2, 6-3

Jana Cepelovadefeated Greta Arn; 6-2, 6-2

Ayumi Morita defeated Anna Tatishvili: 6-3, 6-3

Yulia Putintsevadefeated Christina McHale; 6-1, 6-7 (0-7), 6-2

Shuai Pengdefeated Rebecca Marino: 6-3, 6-0

Elena Vesninadefeated Caroline Garcia; 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

Bojana Jovanovski defeated Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor; 2-6, 6-4, 6-3

Daria Gavrilovadefeated Lauren Davis; 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4

Shahar Peer defeated Alexandra Panova; 6-4, 1-6, 6-3

Garbine Muguruzadefeated Magdelena Rybarikova; 4-6, 6-1, 14-12

Akgul Amanmuradovadefeated Mathilde Johansson; 6-4, 6-2

Eleni Daniilidoudefeated Karolina Pliskova; 7-5, 5-7, 6-4

Donna Vekicdefeated Andrea Hlavackova; 6-1, 6-2

Kristina Mladenovicdefeated Timea Babos; 6-3, 4-6, 11-9

Luksika Kumkhumdefeated Sofia Arvidsson; 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

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