Australian Open Day 1, Safina, Dokic, Mirza, Petrova, Hantuchova into second round

Russian 27th seed Maria Kirilenko has bowed out on day one of Australian Open 2009, with Italian Sara Errani beating her 6-0 6-4 on Court 13 on Monday afternoon.

Quick facts
There were just three aces served in the match, two of them by Errani
Errani converted four of her six break points, while Kirilenko didn’t have a break point chance on Kirilenko’s serve for the entire match
Kirilenko landed 78 per cent of her first serves to Errani’s 73 per cent

Jelena Dokic has finally rejoined the winners’ circle at Melbourne Park, moving through to the second round for the first time in 10 years by defeating Austrian Tamira Paszek in three sets, 6-2 3-6 6-4.

Quick facts
Dokic hit 10 aces to Paszek’s none
Dokic struck 35 winners, compared to just 12 from the Austrian
The Australian committed 49 unforced errors to Paszek’s 28
Paszek was wasteful on break points, converting only four of 15

A rusty women’s No. 3 seed Dinara Safina has moved through to the second round of Australian Open 2009, seeing off world No. 70 Alla Kudryavtseva 6-3 6-4 on Monday

Quick facts
Kudryavtseva served the only ace of the match
Safina had 26 unforced errors, while her opponent had a staggering 56
Kudryavtseva hit 22 winners to Safina’s seven
Safina came to the net just twice in the 88-minute match, winning one of two points

Young Australian Monika Wejnert lost her first round match against Italian Karin Knapp at Australian Open 2009, going down 7-6(6) 6-4.

Quick facts
Knapp won a total of 91 points compared to Wejnert’s 79
Wejnert made 40 unforced errors to Knapp’s 31
Knapp’s top serve was 174km/h compared to Wejnert’s 159km/h

Indian Sania Mirza has won through to the second round of Australian Open 2009 in straight sets by defeating Poland’s Marta Domachowska 6-1 6-4.

Quick facts
Domachowska served the only three aces of the match
Mirza made 20 unforced errors to the Pole’s 37
Both players made less than half of their first serves (Mirza 47 per cent, Domachowska 45 per cent)
Mirza converted six of her 10 break point chances

Russian Nadia Petrova defeated Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan today 6-3 7-6(3) in an hour and 24 minutes.

Quick facts
Shvedova had 37 unforced errors to Petrova’s 16, and had 24 winners to Petrova’s 20
Petrova found the mark with 68 per cent of her first serves
Both players served two double faults

Casey Dellacqua’s hopes of another dream run at this year’s Australian Open have been ruined after being knocked out of her first round match by Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 7-6(11) 6-4 at Rod Laver Arena on Monday night.

Quick facts
Dellacqua had 48 unforced errors to Hantuchova’s 41
Hantuchova had seven aces to Dellacqua’s two
Hantuchova was a force at the net, winning eight of 10 points when she came in
Dellacqua had more winners than Hantuchova (27-24)

011909 monday /info-photo via Australian Open / Getty Images


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