Australian Open Day 1: Serena Williams eases into the second round. Petra Kvitova Out!



by IVAN PASQUARIELLO

Australian Open Day 1: Serena Williams eases into the second round. Petra Kvitova Out!

First day of surprises the first of these 2014 Australian Open. The Winners Starting with the confirmations first. Serena Williams has made once again clear that she is ready to pick uup where she left last year: dominating.

After winning in Brisbane, Williams arrived to Melbourne full of confidence and that showed straight away in the first match Serena played tonight on Rod Laver Arena. Despite the threat of playing a home favorite, with the crowd cheering out loud for her opponent, Serena stayed focused to outplay the 17-year-old Wimbledon 2011 Junior Champion.

Too strong Serena, too determined, for the her Australian Opponent. In just 57 minutes Serena fired 31 winners and 6 aces to dominate her opponent ant sail into the second round, winning 6-2 6-1. Not a great day overall for the Williams family Monday in Melbourne.

Venus wasn't as strong as Serena and failed to gain family revenge in Australia over 22nd seed Ekaterina Makarova. Despite a great start, where Venus looked like the player who sit on top of the women rankings more than 10 years ago, the older of the Williams sisters failed with consistency as her opponent gained momentum to build up her confidence and take the win by 2-6 6-4 6-4.

Last year's finalist Li Na dominated Ana Konjuh 6-2 6-0. Other winners were Kirsten Flipkens, who took out Laura Robson in two sets, Sabine Lisicki, who dominated Mirjana Lucic 6-2 6-1 and Sydney Champion Tsvetana Pironkova, lost only 5 games facing Silvia Soler.

Into the second round also Flavia Pennetta, who dominated Cadantu, losing only two games. The Losers And now with the most shocking upset of the day as 6th seed Petra Kvitova told eary farewell to Melbourne after losing to World No.87 Luksika Kumkhum in three sets, with the final score of 6-2 1-6 6-4 in favour of the 21-year-old Thai.

Quite a disaster match for Petra, who collected a total of 40 unforced errors and 32 winners, with her opponent who has been far more consistent, with 28 winners and just 27 unforced errors. Terrible day especially on serve for the Czech, who managed to collect a total of 8 double faults.

Luckily the World No.6 only reached the second round in Melbourne last year, thus she will be prevented from a collapse in the World Rankings. Early exit also for 7th seed Sara Errani. The Italian, who didn't go further than the first round even last year in Melbourne, failed to show any sign of aggressive play against German Julia Goerges and gave up in straight sets losing 6-3 6-2.

To make her feel a little better even double partner and best friend Roberta Vinci failed to win a match in singles in Melbourne, as the World No.12 lost to Jie Zheng by 6-4 6-3 in the first round last night.

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