Australian Open 2015 – Sharapova, Bouchard, Halep Win; Ivanovic Shocked in Opener

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2015 | 0

Just like the men’s action at the Australian Open 2015, where the top players including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray made winning starts, the female favorites – Maria Sharapova, Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep – also got past their first-round adversaries. However, it was the end of the road for Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic, who suffered a shocking opening-round defeat on Monday.

Maria Sharapova d. Petra Martic (6-4, 6-0)

2nd seed Maria Sharapova looked impressive with her shots as she dominated Croatia’s Petra Martic in straight sets.

The fancied Russian exhibited a splendid blend of physical and mental power as she rolled over her little-known counterpart in just 86 minutes.

Next up, Sharapova is slated to face Alexandra Panova in all all-Russian second-round battle.

Simona Halep d. Karin Knapp (6-3, 6-2)

Romanian Simona Halep continued her unbeaten run this year with a serene first-round triumph at the prestigious tournament Down Under.

The 3rd seed made light work of her Italian counterpart to move on to the second round, where she plays local hope Jarmila Gajdosova.

Foreseeing her odds at the tournament, Halep said: “I feel good and I’m sure I’ll have my chance to win many more matches.”

Eugenie Bouchard d. Anna-Lena Friedsam (6-2, 6-4)

Last year’s semifinalist, Eugenie Bouchard, also kicked-off her campaign in Melbourne with a confident victory. The 6th-seeded Canadian needed just 78 minutes to cruise past her German nemesis at the Margaret Court Arena.

Reflecting on her win, Bouchard stated: “I started strong and it was a little bit windy. I was happy to stay solid but there are a still lot of things to improve.”

Moving on, Kiki Bertens from the Netherlands awaits Bouchard in the second round of the women’s singles event.

Ana Ivanovic Ousted

In what was undisputedly the biggest upset of the day, 5th seed Ana Ivanovic from Serbia faced a stunning defeat from the hands of unseeded Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic at the infamous Rod Laver Arena.

The Serb squandered a first-set advantage as she went down 6-1 3-6 2-6 to 142nd-ranked Hradecka, who is better known to thrive in the doubles circuit of the sport.

Besides struggling with her serve that caused 10 doubles faults, Ivanovic was broken five times and could just score 19 winners against 27 of her opponent.

Speaking after her shocking exit, the Serb said: “I think the whole match I didn’t really feel like myself out there. I had some issues. You know, it’s probably the worst thing that could happen.”

This was Ivanovic’s second consecutive loss this year, having gone down fighting to Maria Sharapova in the finals of the Brisbane International last week.






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