The Australian Open never fails to deliver and on day 1 we saw some surprises and of course upsets as the seasons major opener got under way at Melbourne Park
The day began with 13 American’s taking court in Melbourne and the number 13 ended up being unlucky for with only 3 American’s progressing to round two. Incredibly the day saw Jack Sock, Coco Vandeweghe, John Isner, Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams amongst others lose with the only winners being Ryan Harrison, Nicole Gibbs and 22 year old qualifier Mackenzie McDonald!
Venus out! Bencic through!
Belinda Bencic’ comeback from injury has been exceptional. The Swiss star has battled hard on the tour winning a long streak of matches before joining up with Roger Federer in Perth where they won the Hopman Cup but has now fully announced her return with this big win against last years Runner up!
After a few months off the world number one looks very sharp and was very impressive in his 6-1 6-1 6-1 victory against Estrella Burgos. The biggest cheer of the evening in Australia was when Nadal’s serve was broken by Burgos but nothing was stopping this man in his quest for another title down under!
Marathon wins for youngsters!
Kevin Anderson and David Ferrer came up against Kyle Edmund and Andrey Rublev respectively but their time in Australia has been short lived for this year as the Brit and the Russian managed to construct good solid wins against two tour regulars who know what it takes to go deep in majors!
Business as usual!
On a day of a few surprises there were wins for Wozniacki and Svitolina (who were both very impressive). Dimitrov was also in action winning 3,2 and 1 as well as wins for Ostapenko, Kyrgios and Cilic whilst tour veteran Victor Troicki had to come from two sets down but also a shoutout to Monica Puig who fought incredibly hard against home favourite Sam Stosur to come through in three sets.
Day 2 will see Sharapova, Djokovic, Federer and many more in action!