miércoles, 18 de enero de 2017

Eugenie Bouchard into third round of the australian open 2017

Eugenie Bouchard overcame the early challenge of China's Peng Shuai on Wednesday to win 7-6(5) 6-2, sealing a third-round berth at Australian Open 2017.

“(I was most pleased with) the way I fought,” Bouchard said.

“In the first set I was pretty nervous and I felt like my legs were wood. I wasn’t moving well, I was reaching for the ball, but it happens to all players. At least I was able to kind of ‘win ugly’ in that sense in the first set. And then realised my level in the second.

“But the most important thing is to battle, even when it’s not going great for you, and that’s what I did.”

Venus Williams into third round of the australian open 2017

A sharp and assured Venus Williams is relishing her time delivering where it counts on the big stages at the twilight of her career.

After an injury-afflicted exit in the opening round last year at Margaret Court Arena, the seven-time Grand Slam champion has come up with the goods in her opening two rounds at Rod Laver Arena.

Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele is her latest victim.

The 36-year-old Williams romped to a 6-3 6-2 victory over the world No.112, a player who had spent nearly eight hours on court already after four straight three-setters to get through qualifying and her opening round.

There was cause for caution in the aftermath, however, with Venus withdrawing from her scheduled first-round doubles match with sister Serena to manage an elbow injury.

“I was hoping to have the capacity to play both events here, but at this point I just need to be careful and just try to maintain myself,” she said.

Kerber advances to 3 round of the australian open 2017

So when Angelique Kerber rung in her 29th with a get-out-of-jail performance at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday, a more relaxing end to the day would have topped her wish list.

Blowing out 29 candles on a cake was far from Kerber’s mind when the world No.1 let slip a straight-sets match-winning position before digging her way out of trouble in three sets.

It made for a nerve-racking day at the office before she claimed an all-German battle against Carina Witthoeft 6-2 6-7(3) 6-2.

This was an opponent Kerber had double-bagelled in the first round at Wimbledon less than two years ago.

But to world No.89 Witthoeft’s credit, hers was a performance which lifted with her back to the wall.

“I'm trying, you know, to play more aggressive. But today, I was doing a few more mistakes,” Kerber said.

martes, 17 de enero de 2017

Karolina Pliskova into 2 round of the australian open 2017

MELBOURNE, Australia
 
Karolina Pliskova kept up her winning ways at the australian open, knocking out Sara Sorribes Tormo, 6-2, 6-0, to reach the second round.

"The first round is always tricky, and I didn't feel that good in the first set there," Pliskova said in her post-match press conference.

The No.5 seed is playing her first Grand Slam tournament since reaching the final of the us open and looked in similarly devestating form against the unseeded Spaniard, hitting 26 winners to just 18 unforced errors.

"I've heard a few things, but I'm not thinking about this," she said when asked about whether she feels like the next in line to capture a maiden major title. "I just don't want to get it into my head. I just want to continue in those things what I was doing the second half of the year last year and even in Brisbane.

Lucie safarova has survived nine match points into australian open 2017.

Czech Lucie Safarova has survived nine match points to defeat Yanina Wickmayer 3-6 7-6(7) 6-1.

“Yes, I heard it was nine,” Safarova said.

“But I was like, I’m just going to go for it and if she closes the match, well OK, but I’m just going to play my game. It’s exciting.”

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After losing the opening set in the heat of Show Court 3, the world No.61 looked in all sorts of trouble down 0-40 on her serve at 5-6 in the second, but she somehow managed to regain the balance – after staring down the barrel of match point twice more – to force the tiebreaker.

Again, Wickmayer got the early jump, earning herself another three consecutive match points in the tiebreaker at 6-3, but once again she was unable to cross the finish line, allowing Safarova to eventually level the match, but not before squandering one last opportunity along the way.

Daria Gavrilova advances to 2 round into australian open 2017

Gavrilova, seeded No.22, outlasted dangerous Brit Naomi Broady in a gritty, tense, scrappy and absorbing encounter at Margaret Court Arena on Tuesday night that ended with the local winning 3-6 6-4 7-5.

The match recalled many of her three-set thrillers of 2016, but also showcased a newfound adeptness at channelling her energy in a positive manner.

“I think I stayed composed (tonight). I told my coaches that I was really happy about how I handled the first set loss, because I felt like I had chances. I was just trying to believe that I can still turn it around and win,” she said.

“This is the first step. I was telling myself during the match, ‘Okay, you're doing well. Surely it's going to pay off’. After the match, I was joking around. I said, ‘I'm a grown-up woman now’ (smiling).”

Dominika Cibulkova advances to 2 round of the australian open 2017

Coming into a Grand Slam as a high seed for the first time was always going to be a mind game for sixth seed Dominika Cibulkova and on Tuesday at Hisense Arena, she took the first steps in proving she was more than up to the mental challenge, defeating a determined Denisa Allertova in straight sets.

“This is the first time for me in this situation to be really high ranked in the Grand Slam and it’s very different,” Cibulkova said.

“I’m really trying to focus and do the right thing.

“I was really strong today in my head. Even after I made some mistakes, afterwards I just refocused. Even if you lose the good thoughts for one or two points, things can start to turn around. That’s what I did last week and I learned from my mistakes today.”

Serena Williams advances to 2 round of the australian open 2017

The bedrock of our sport was nowhere to be found as Serena Williams defeated Belinda Bencic 6-4 6-3 in the opening round of Australian Open 2017 on Tuesday.

Williams blasted 30 winners, paying total disregard to the age-old mantra of building the point with shot tolerance, and making your opponent hit one more ball.

Williams simply didn't want Bencic to hit the ball at all.

There were 117 points in the match, and very few conformed to the traditional back-and-forth chess match built upon putting the ball in the court first, and then outworking your opponent.

More than 80 per cent of total points in the match had a maximum of just two shots for each player, as Williams and Bencic played their own version of blast winners first, and ask questions later.