TIME ZONES, BE damned — here’s all the latest from day one of the Australian Open.
In the men’s
- Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic won in straight sets against France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-4, 7-5.
- David Ferrer is up and running as well with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win against Olivier Rochus of Belgium.
And the women’s
- Maria Sharapova needed just 55 minutes and didn’t drop a game as she beat Olga Puchkova 6-0, 6-0.
- Agnieszka Radwanska survived a first-set scare against wild card entry Bojan Bobusic to win 7-5, 6-0.
- Venus Williams had no problems against Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan, winning 6-1, 6-0.
- Ninth seed Sam Stosur needed a first-set tie break before beating Chang Kai-Chen in straight sets 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
Your GB update from the Daily Mail
Big win for Britain’s Brave Heather Watson who came from a set down to beat Alexandra Cadantu 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. #Warrior.
It’s goodnight for Argentina’s Juan Monaco. The 11th seed lost 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, 6-1 to Alex Kuznetsov.
Best of the pics
Dancers do Gangnam Style dance during a break in the action (Andy Wong/AP/Press Association Images)
Agnieszka Radwanska signs autographs (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
David Ferrer (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Steve Johnson shows off (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Lift off for Tomas Berdych (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
The evening session…
At the time of writing, Leyton Hewitt is currently two sets to love down and on the verge of going out to eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic.
Afterwards in the Rod Laver Arena, women’s 13th seed (and 2008 finalist) Ana Ivanovic is up against Melinda Czink of Hungary.
Short answer: no.
Japanese TV takes an early bashing from SBW.