I was hoping to do a comprehensive summary feature for every day at the Australian Open but i’ve realised this is just going to be too much for me to cover… so instead of Match Points, here’s Set Points! In a snappier feature, this will be ten things that resonated with me, be it, a great match, an interview, a GIF, a random thought or anything really that caught my attention. Much like the first day of the 2015 Australian Open, we witnessed decimation of the seeds with seven of them falling on day 1. I set my alarm for 4.30am this morning but my body clock is naturally tuned to tennis as I woke up at 3.30am hahaha! One day in and i’m already a wreck and falling asleep at my desk… #sleepisfortheweak but I AM WEAK!
The birth of Yulia Putintseva, aka Poots, as a Slam giant killer was probably the talking point of the day. In beating Wozniacki, 1-6 7-6(3) 6-4, we saw some typically animated celebrations.
This was a rough loss for Woz who has looked exceptionally unclutch of late, highlighting what appears to be a lack of confidence. Wozniacki wasn’t the only seed in her section to lose with Sara Errani and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova falling to talented Russians, Margarita Gasparyan and Daria Kasatkina in three setters respectively.
When I checked the scores this morning, all I wanted to know was whether Petra and Serena had made it through… and they did! By all accounts, Serena was impressive against Camila Giorgi and I will watch the match tonight. As ever, it’s awesome to have Jimmie’s photos to admire.
Winning first round matches at the Grand Slams can be really special… I remember some of my favourite live matches have been on the outside courts at Wimbledon. Maria Sakkari’s three set win against Yafan Wang generated an emotive celebration…
Belinda Bencic looked in great form, defeating Alison Riske in straight sets, 6-4 6-3. I liked this moment after the match!
There were a couple of rollercoaster scorelines… Jelena Ostapenko ended up losing to Su-Wei Hsieh, 6-3 5-7 1-6, from a seemingly unassailable position, while Sloane Stephens couldn’t take her chances, going out in one of the shock results of the first day.
I thought Kuznetsova’s stats in the Sydney final against Monica Puig (25 winners to 4 unforced errors) were incredible but she only went and did it again with another superb performance, flying past Daniela Hantuchova, 6-0 6-2.
I LOVED this interview posted with Vicky Duval on the Australian Open You Tube page… she’s wonderful.
Yay to more podcasts for No Challenges Remaining during the AO. They did an amazing job with their Kickstarter, which has raised over $20,000.
And finally, THIS GIF IS MY FAVOURITE.