Monday, January 6, 2014

Stosur survives Hobart whilst Jankovic exits Sydney

Sam Stosur plays a forehand volley in her first-round match against Madison Brengle of the US.Home favourite and top seed Sam Stosur got off to a very difficult encounter against American Madison Brengle at the Hobart International. In a rain affected match things didn't get off to a good start for the top seed as the American qualified took the first set 76 in a very windy Sydney. In the second set however things was the other way around with Stosur dominating points and surging to a fast 5-0 lead which was enough of a lead for her to take it 61 to square the match. The final set was a far much more closer affair with things gradually ending up in a decisive tiebreak. Stosur used experience and home crowd to her advantage to narrowly squeeze out Brengle taking the tie beak and match 7-5.

Elsewhere there was more commiserations for Laura Robson as she struggles with a wrist injury. In a close first set against Yani Wickmayer, the belgian double faulted 4-5 down which gave the Brit the first set. Despite this whilst trailing 0-2 down in the second Robson had to call the trainer and sadly had to retire from the match. She is now a serious doubt for next weeks Australian Open which is bad news for British fans. The only seed to go out was Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian who pulled out of last weeks Brisbane International mid match with a leg injury lost 36 26 to American Alison Riske. Some other wins on Monday include 7th seed Mona Barthel (beating Svitolina 63 64) and 8th seed Jovanski (75 63 against Beck).

Meanwhile in Sydney there was bitter disappointment for Jalena Jankovic who suffered a straight sets defeat against Russia Ekaterina Makarova. During the match Jankovic suffered seven breaks of serve in the 79 Minute match. Jankovic is so far the second seed to lose after yesterdays shock defeat of WTA newcomer of 2013 Simona Halep against Madison Keys. Caroline Wozniacki was made to fight hard to win her firstround against the formidable Julia Goerges. The newly engaged Wozniacki who is recovering from a shoulder injury rallied from a set down to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Other wins in round one include Carla Suarez Navarro and Angelique Kerber.

For a full list of results please see the results section

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