Alexei Popyrin stunned fans in a five set upset against 13th seed David Goffin Source: Tennis Australia www.tennis.com.au

With the first round complete The Inner Sanctum has taken a look at the performances of the Australian players so far.

The first round of the Australian Open saw several upsets and expert performances from the Australian players.

Following the first two days of play, The Inner Sanctum has recapped the results of the Australians in round one.

Day One

Kyrgios produced a dominant display in his first round match up.
Source: Tennis Australia www.tennis.com.au

The first day at the Australian Open was headlined by a dominant performance by Nick Kyrgios, defeating Portuguese debutant Frederico Ferreria Silva. Serving 14 aces and only double-faulting just once.

Some of the men struggled to finish off their matches, with both Marc Polmans and John Millman stretching thier matches before both going down in five sets respectivley. Bernard Tomic caught a break in his match against Yuichi Sugita when the Japanese player retired hurt at a set apiece.

Alex Bolt had an electric performance in his four-set victory over Norbert Gambos and James Duckworth produced a solid victory in straight sets against lucky loser Damir Dzumhur.

On the women’s side, Lizette Cabrera had a tough match, losing to world number two Simona Halep. Kim Birrell struggled to start but turned the second set into a contest despite losing in straight sets to Canadian Rebecca Marino. Aija Tomljanovic was the sole winner from the Australian ladies on day one downing Misaki Doi in straight sets.

Frederico Ferreria Silva444
Nick Kyrgios666
Lizette Cabrera21
Simona Halep66
Yuichi Sugita611RET
Bernard Tomic364
Damir Dzumhur324
James Duckworth666
Marton Fucsovics4666[3]6
Marc Polmans6316[7]3
Misaki Doi21
Ajla Tomljanovic66
Alex Bolt6646
Norbert Gambos2263
Corentin Moutet66[4]366
John Millman47[7]623
Rebecca Marino67[11]
Kimberly Birrell06[9]

Day Two

Kokkinakis’ long awaited return was well worth it, with the Aussie winning in straight sets
Source: Tennis Australia www.tennis.com.au

The stand out performance from an Australian on day two came from Alexei Popyrin. Breaking the streak of Australian men falling short in the 5th with his victory over 13th seed David Goffin. Popyrin looked like he was out of the match in the fourth before breaking back and taking control in a tiebreak. This is the third consecutive Australian Open Popyrin has managed an upset against a seeded player.

World number 1 Ash Barty showed her class. only dropping 10 points and wrapping up her match against Danka Kovinic in 44 minutes.

Sam Stosur won her first match at Melbourne Park since 2015, progressing in straight sets over fellow Australian Destanee Aiava. Madison Inglis managed to challenge defending women’s champion Sofia Kenin. Inglis was able to break Kenin’s serve in the first set before the American found her grove and prevailed in straight sets.

Astra Sharma won the first set and was looking strong before Japanese opponent Nao Hibino seized control and won in three sets. Arina Rodionova failed to take charge against world number 85 Madison Brengle, beaten comprehensively in straight sets. Daria Gavrilova rounded out the second day’s play with a straight-sets victory against Sara Sprrobes Tormo, earning a second-round match against Barty.

Grand slam debutants Li Tu and Alex Vukic, provided challenges for both Feliciano Lopez and Karen Khachanov respectively, each taking a set and forcing multiple tiebreaks before losing in four sets.

Australian number 1 Alex De Minaur wasted no time beating American Tennys Sandgren in straight sets. Thanasi Kokkinakis’ return to the Australian Open after two years of setbacks due to injury was a success beating Korean Kwon Soo- Woo in straight sets.

Jordan Thompson was forced to retire due to a neck injury after going two sets down to Norweigan Casper Ruud. Chris O’Connell provided another upset turning out his best performance of his career, beating German Jan Lennard- Struff in straight sets.

David Goffin647[7]6[6]3
Alexei Popyrin366[4]7[8]6
Ashleigh Barty66
Danka Kovinic00
Tennys Sandgren511
Alex de Minaur666
Sofia Kenin76
Maddison Inglis54
Li Tu7[7]46[4]4
Feliciano Lopez6[1]67[7]6
Karen Khachanov66[4]7[7]6
Aleksandar Vukic37[7]6[2]4
Madison Brengle66
Arina Rodionova12
Christopher O’Connell7[7]7[7]6
Jan-Lennard Struff6[2]6[5]1
Nao Hibino267
Astra Sharma635
Thanasi Kokkinakis666
Soonwoo Kwon411
Casper Rudd662
Jordan Thompson331RET
Destanee Aiava44
Samantha Stosur66
Sara Sorribes Tormo15
Daria Gavrilova67

About Author

Leave a Reply