Defending champion and #2 seed Andy Roddick won his first round match against Marinko Matosevic of Australia 6-3 6-2 in relatively easy fashion. Although Andy “only” had five aces, as usual he dominated in his service games, winning 77 percent of points.
An easy time was not had by top women’s seed Samantha Stosur, who took an hour and a half to dispatch qualifier Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 7-6 (6) 6-1. Looking shaky at the outset, it took time for Stosur to find her game, but when she did she handled matters in the second set. But as I said in the ASB post, it might take some time at the beginning of the year for some players to find their form. Also, there is tremendous pressure down under early in the year for Stosur. She is not going to surprise anybody this year. This year, she is expected to be a Major challenger in every event she plays.
(1) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (Q) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 76(1) 61
(2) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (WC) Sophie Ferguson (AUS) 64 62
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (3) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 76(3) 63
(4) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (Q) Vania King (USA) 61 62
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (8) Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 63 60
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 63 60
(LL) Ksenia Pervak (RUS) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 62 62