Australian Open 2018 – Round 1 wrap
A thrilling first round at the Open sees stars advance and others fall short.
Monday 15 January – Sunday 28 January 2018
The first round at the Australian Open contained some surprises and shocks as some stars fell short in their quest to make the second round of the grand slam. Others barely broke a sweat in their matches, booking their ticket into the second round.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal won comfortably in his first-round match and sets up a battle with Argentinian Leonardo Mayer in the next round, with Nadal keen to make a statement to his rivals at Melbourne Park.
Meanwhile world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Fernando Verdasco, Alexander Zverev, Tomas Berdych & Juan Martin del Potro will all be in action in the second round of the tournament after showing why they have been ranked amongst the top for a long time.
Returning from injury, fan favourite Novak Djokovic has advanced to the second round, however a question mark remains over how far he is willing to push his body in the pursuit of a 7th Australian Open win.
Suisse maestro’s Roger Federer & Stan Wawrinka have also advanced, demonstrating scary displays of power and finesse in their first-round matches.
Australian tennis fans be proud, as Australian tennis is looking as healthy as it ever has been with John Millman, Matthew Ebden & Nick Kyrgios all winning in the first round.
In the women’s singles, world No. 1, Simona Halep is through to the second round, however not without a scare in the opening set from Australian Destanee Aiava who fought all the way and almost pulling an upset victory. Eugenie Bouchard has won her first ATP singles match in nearly 5 months to set up a second-round clash against the world No. 1.
A thrilling clash between the 3rd and 8th ranked players respectively sees Garbine Muguruza play Su-Wei Hseih in the second round. This will be one of the matches to watch as one potential Open winner will go home.
Favourites to make a run for the title including Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Karolina Pliskova, Johanna Konta, Elina Svitolina & Angelique Kerber all advanced to the second round. All women looking to capitalise on the shock loss of sole Williams’ sister Venus to world No. 98 Belinda Bencic.
Australian women Ashleigh Barty, Daria Gavrilova & Olivia Rogowska all won their first-round matches and will be looking to continue through to the third-round of their home tournament.