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Zero to three

Baaldag for Belgian women on first day of Australian Open

Zero to three

Both Alison Van Uytvanck, Kirsten Flipkens if Ysaline Bonaventure fell in the first round.

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Alison Van Uytvanck congratulates Wozniaki: “I have lost, but it is doing the virtue. I am very happy about my level. It gives confidence for the future.”William west/afp

Baaldag for Belgian women on first day of Australian Open

Zero to three

Both Alison Van Uytvanck, Kirsten Flipkens if Ysaline Bonaventure fell in the first round.

Played Andy Murray his last match?

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MelbourneTijdens the opening day, in temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius, killed all three of the Belgian ladies who came into action. Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 50) was overpowerd by the belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovitsj (WTA 31) in less than 57 minutes with dry 6-1, 6-1-figures to her hotel sent back. ‘I had not expected, ” says Flipkens. “They hit from all angles of the field winners. If that level can hold, it transforms them through to the top ten of the world.”

Flipkens is playing in Melbourne is still double to the side of the Swedish Johanna Larsson. They want to try not too long to dwell on her bolwassing. ‘If I am now twenty double errors had been made, would my feelings be different. But that was not the case.’

Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 54) got titelverdedigster Caroline Wozniacki (WTA 3) opposite him. While Andy Murray (ATP 230), the last strength from his right thigh squeezed out in a blistering party which he eventually lost, played the 24-year-old Grimberg a good match in the Rod Laver Arena (3-6, 4-6). “I have much better played than the previous time in the Rod Laver Arena (they lost in 2016 with 6-0, 6-0 against Victoria Azarenka, eds.). That was not difficult. It is a pity that I’m at a good Wozniacki have played and not at a bad. She does not point gift and certainly not on the important moments. I’ve lost, but it is doing the virtue. I am very happy about my level. It gives confidence for the future.”

‘I had not expected. Sasnovitsj hit from all angles of the field winners”

Kirsten Flipkens

A very different face showed Ysaline Bonaventure (WTA 159), even though she took a set in her first-ever grandslamdeelname, against Sachia Vickery (WTA 123). But they botched it completely after that won a set and lost still with the 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. “I have, however, all the mental coaches of Belgium and the Netherlands have all consulted’, sighed she. “I knew that Vickery would try to get me out of my rhythm. They had three years ago, at our previous meeting, also already done. And yet I let me catch it, ” she said with eyes full of tears. “I have this defeat only myself to blame.’ (sfa)

Andy Murray wants to go to Wimbledon, but the question is whether he, as long as keeping up. reuters

Played Andy Murray his last match?

He got after his loss in five sets – 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (4/7) and 6-2 against Roberto Bautista Agut (ATP 23) on a big screen to see how big names like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic him homage brought. Of the public, he got an overwhelming applause and a standing ovation. Who knows, this was the last match of the 31-year-old Andy Murray, tennisboegbeeld, former number one but for years at the dork with his hip and never pain free. ‘If this is my last match, it was a great way to my career. I’ve always like played. This was incredible.’

And to the audience: “Maybe I see you still go back, but I don’t know. If I could ever level tennis and wants to play I have a heavy need surgery, where the outcome is not certain.’

Murray wants to go to Wimbledon and there to say goodbye, but the question is whether he, as long as keeping up. In any case, Wimbledon, anyway, to pay tribute to the Brit/Scot, he will get a statue at the All England Club.

The favourites in the men have no stitches dropped. Roger Federer, just as Novak Djokovic looking for a seventh Australian Open title, looked impressive and showed Denis Istomin has no chance (6-3, 6-4, 6-4).

Rafael Nadal, number two of the world, seems not to be affected by his injury that has him in the beginning of the season problems concerned, he had no child to the Australian home player James Duckworth (6-4, 6-3, 7-5). (hjb)

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