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Tennis - 16. January 2017.

Day One Wrap up at the Australian Open

By David Packman


Seventh seedáGarbine Muguruzaágot opening day at Melbourne Park off to a good start, beginning proceedings at Margaret Court Arena with a 7-5 6-4 win over KiwiáMarina Erakovic.


The powerful Spaniard didn’t have it all her own way with Erakovic taking an early advantage in the second set after Muguruza called for the trainer to treat an ongoing issue with her knee, but in the end the reigning Roland Garros champion righted the ship and sailed home to victory.

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“It was weird match,” Muguruza said.

“I felt a little bit nervous at the beginning. I think she was playing great. It was good that I can turn it around in that second set.”

Chardy was joined shortly afterwards by Rio Olympics gold medallistáMonica Puig, the No.29 seed dropped just a single game in dispatching Romania’sáPatricia Maria Tigá6-0 6-1 in under an hour.

Tig’s compatriot, No.27 seedáIrina-Camelia Begu, survived an early scare before defeating KazakháYaroslava Shvedovaá5-7 6-3 6-4.

China’sáYing-Ying Duanáwas also an early winner, taking care of Slovakian qualifieráRebecca Sramkova.

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In an all-American battle out on Court 10,áSamantha Crawfordácame back from one set down to upset compatriotáLauren Davis, a first-time WTA title winner in Auckland just a fortnight ago. Crawford, who sits nearly 120 rankings places below Davis at world No.162, dominated the final set to win 4-6 6-3 6-0.

AmericanáAlison Riskeáwas also successful in winning against her countrywoman,áMadison Brengle, who was responsible for the demise of Serena Williams in Auckland.

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In fact, the American flag was waving dominantly before lunch on Monday witháVarvara Lepchenkoáupstaging 19th-seeded DutchwomanáKiki Bertensá7-5 7-6(5) andáRyan Harrisonásaluting with a solid 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over wily FrenchmanáNicolas Mahut.

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The revival was complete whenáCoco Vandewegheáupset 15th seedáRoberta Vinciáin straight seeds 6-1 7-6(3) at Margaret Court Arena and qualifieráJulia Boserupádefeated Italian veteranáFrancesca Schiavone.

Two perennial crowd favourites were also winners on Monday with China’sáZhang Shauiáand eighth seedáSvetlana Kuznetsovaácontinuing their love affairs with Melbourne Park and only dropping four games between them.

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Other afternoon winners on the women’s side included Latvian No.32 seedáAnastasija Sevastova, who advanced after Japan’sáNao Hibinoáwas forced to withdraw, RomanianáSorana Cirstea, FrenchwomanáPauline Parmentier, No.24 seedáAnastasia Pavlyuchenkovaáof Russia, 11th-seeded UkrainianáElina Svitolina, Swiss qualifieráStefanie Voegeleáand CzecháKristyna Pliskova, twin sister of No.5 seed Karolina who takes to the courts on Tuesday.

While we are on the topic of siblings,áMischa Zverev, elder brother of the fast-rising Alexander, was also successful, dismantling SpaniardáGuillermo Garcia-Lopezáin straight sets.

With the sun setting over Melbourne Park, women’s 10th seedáCarla Suarez Navarroábooked her passage to round two with ease, pushing past Slovakia’sáJana Cepelovaá6-2 6-2 in 72 minutes to set up a meeting witháSorana Cirsteaáof Romania, who had a straight-sets victory over Russia’sáIrina Khromacheva.

Melbourne Park continued to be a graveyard for men’s 16th seedáLucas Pouille, the Frenchman losing in the first round for the fourth year in succession after Kazakhstan qualifieráAlexander Bublikátriumphed 6-0 3-6 6-3 6-4.

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