Wozniacki, Venus, Li, Henin Advance; Rezai, Hantuchova Upset On Day One Of Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki made sure she would not succumb to a first round upset by defeating doubles ace Gisela Dulko 6-3 6-4 in her opening match at the 2011 Australian Open. However, although it was a straight set win for the Danish superstar, Dulko did have her chances. The Argentine did a good job of constructing points and getting Wozniacki out of position on numerous occasions only to miss seemingly easy put aways. Had Dulko capitalized on a few of her chances, she might have pushed Wozniacki much harder. As it is, the top seed should be happy to win her opening match, but will need to raise the level of her game if she wants to make a championship run.

Maria Sharapova

Most of the top seed had relatively easy times advancing, including Venus Williams, Li Na, Victoria Azarenka, Marion Bartoli and Maria Sharapova. Sharpova, the 2008 champion, avoided a shocking first round ouster like last year by defeating Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-1 6-3. If the former #1 seed can get some momentum, she could be a dangerous draw for anyone. Getting pushed to three sets but advancing were Justine Henin, Francesca Schiavone and Yanina Wickmayer. Wickmayer also avoided the upset chatter by taking out darkhorse favorite Jarmila Groth 6-2 2-6 6-4. Groth was coming off a big win at Hobart and was playing in front of the home crowd, but in the end Wickmayer just had too many weapons. Not so fortunate on day one were Daniela Hantuchova and Arvane Rezai, who both were upset. However, despite Rezai being the 17th seed and Hantuchova being the 28th seed, those are not huge upsets to me.

Singles – First Round
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 63 64
(4) Venus Williams (USA) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 63 62
(6) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 67(4) 62 64
(8) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (Q) Kathrin Woerle (GER) 60 62
(9) Li Na (CHN) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 61 75
(11) Justine Henin (BEL) d. (Q) Sania Mirza (IND) 57 63 61
(14) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 61 63
(15) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 60 60
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (17) Aravane Rezai (FRA) 60 36 75
(20) Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 26 64 63
(21) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Jarmila Groth (AUS) 63 26 64
(23) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Alison Riske (USA) 63 62
Regina Kulikova (RUS) d. (28) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 76(3) 36 97
(29) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Angelique Kerber (GER) 62 67(4) 64
(30) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 61 62
(32) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 64 36 63
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU) 63 46 63
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 64 76(5)
Elena Baltacha (GBR) d. (Q) Jamie Hampton (USA) 36 64 75
Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 60 63
Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 75
Vania King (USA) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 67(4) 60 63
Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) d. Renata Voracova (CZE) 63 61
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) d. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 75 64
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 46 63 63
Rebecca Marino (CAN) d. Junri Namigata (JPN) 62 46 63
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. Karolina Sprem (CRO) 46 64  62
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) d. (WC) Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 63 61
(Q) Anne Keothavong (GBR) d. (Q) Arina Rodionova (RUS) 75 64
(Q) Arantxa Rus (NED) d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 61 36 75
(Q) Vesna Manasieva (RUS) d. Laura Pous-Tio (ESP) 75 62
(WC) Jelena Dokic (AUS) d. Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) 63 62

Maria Sharapova

Caroline Wozniacki

Venus Williams

Victoria Azarenka

Li Na

Justine Henin

Yanina Wickmayer


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