Monday, January 19, 2015

Australian Open Day 1: Ivanovic, 7 other women exit

Fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic lost to Czech qualifier
Lucie Hradecka 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. 2014 photo
by Paul Bauman
   Upset of the day -- Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, seeded fifth, lost to Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday. Ivanovic, who finished in the top five last year for the first time since 2008, was one of eight seeded women to fall.
   Matches of the day -- Thanasi Kokkinakis, an 18-year-old wild card from Australia, saved four match points in the fourth set of a 5-7, 6-0, 1-6, 7-6 (2), 8-6 victory over 11th-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia. The 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter) Kokkinakis, ranked No. 147, needed 4 hours, 7 minutes to subdue Gulbis, a French Open semifinalist last year.
   Christina McHale of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., vomited on the court and saved a match point in a 6-4, 1-6, 12-10 win over qualifier Stephanie ("Can't See The") Foretz of France. The third set lasted 1 hour, 51 minutes and the match 3 hours, 9 minutes.
   Men's seeded winners -- No. 2 Roger Federer, No. 3 Rafael Nadal, No. 6 Andy Murray, No. 7 Tomas Berdych, No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 14 Kevin Anderson, No. 20 David Goffin, No. 22 Philipp Kohlschreiber, No. 23 Ivo Karlovic, No. 24 Richard ("Blew A") Gasquet, No. 26 Leonardo ("Don't Call Me Da Vinci") Mayer, No. 28 Lukas Rosol, No. 29 Jeremy Chardy, No. 32 Martin Klizan.
   Men's seeded losers -- No. 15 Tommy Robredo (retired).
   Women's seeded winners -- No. 2 Maria Sharapova, No. 3 Simona ("I Need") Halep, No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard, No. 10 Ekaterina Makarova, No. 14 Sara Errani, No. 21 Shuai Peng, No. 22 Karolina Pliskova, No. 31 Zarina Diyas.
   Women's seeded losers -- No. 5 Ana Ivanovic, No. 9 Angelique Kerber, No. 16 Lucie Safarova, No. 17 Carla Suarez Navarro, No. 23 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, No. 27 Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 28 Sabine Lisicki, No. 32 Belinda Bencic.
   U.S. report -- American men and women went 3-3 combined. Advancing were qualifier Tim Smyczek, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and McHale. Losing were 36-year-old qualifier Michael Russell (the oldest man in the draw), Grace Min and Alison ("Take A") Riske.
   Fast facts -- Ivanovic led the WTA tour with 58 match victories last year and made her earliest exit in a Grand Slam tournament since the 2011 French Open. She upset top-ranked Serena Williams in last year's Australian Open en route to the quarterfinals. 
   Quote -- McHale: "I would have preferred to have not thrown up on the court."

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