Also the second day of the Australian Open has a surprise: two-time winner Victoria Azarenka (WTA 53) went surprisingly crashed against German Laura Siegemund (WTA 110).
Victoria Azarenka (WTA 53) is eliminated in the first round of the Australian Open. The White Russian, that the tournament, won in 2012 and 2013, and lost in three sets to German Laura Siegemund (WTA 110). It was 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 and 6-2.
Azarenka had the last two editions of the Australian Open missed. In early 2017, she was just mom. Last year was the ex-number 1 of the world away from Australia because they are in a fight with her ex for custody of her son was involved.
Laura Siegemund in the second round against the Taiwanese Su-Wei Hsieh (WTA 27). Which switched Swiss Stefanie Voegele (WTA 85) with 6-2 and 6-1.
Serena Williams loses no time
Serena Williams (WTA 16) has its start, however, it is not missed. The American giant on the German Tatjana Maria (WTA 74). Williams won in the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne after only 49 minutes by 6-0 and 6-2.
In the second round she plays against the Canadian Eugenie Bouchard (WTA 79). That won easily with 6-2, 6-1 the Chinese shoot fighting Peng (WTA 128).
Serena Williams (37) won the Australian Open seven times (in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2017). Last year was missing them ‘down under’ because of her pregnancy. Williams is aiming for a 24th [in singles. Thus, she would be at the same height of the recordhoudster Margaret Court.
Zverev convincing to second round
The men’s Alexander Zverev (ATP 4) is convincingly placed for the second round. The German, the fourth seed, defeated the Slovenian Aljaž Bedene (ATP 67) 6-4, 6-1 and 6-4.
His next opponent is the winner of the French tête-à-tête between Jeremy Chardy (ATP 36) and Ugo Humbert (ATP 95).
The 21-year-old Zverev is true in Melbourne as an important outsider for the title. The winner of the ATP Finals in London at the end of last season could be ‘down under’, however, still no chunks. Last year, he died like in 2017 in the third round.
Twelve months ago, collided Zverev in the sixteenth-finals of the South-Korean Chung Hyeon. Which then produced the semi-finals, in which he gave up against Roger Federer.
The 22-year-old Chung, number 25 of the world, qualified for the second round but had a lot of trouble with the American Bradley Klahn (ATP 78). That formed only after more than 3.5 hours and five sets (6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-2 and 6-4). Chung hits in his next game, the Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert (ATP 55).