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5 Talking Points from Day1 of Australian Open 2019

Jose Thomas
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
359   //    14 Jan 2019, 18:38 IST

Day 1 of the tournament had the likes of Federer, Nadal, Murray, Sharapova etc. in action
Day 1 of the tournament had the likes of Federer, Nadal, Murray, Sharapova etc. in action

2019 Australian Open got underway earlier today and there were quite a few matches that stole the show.

Without further ado, let us take a look at some of the most important points from day 1 of the tournament.


Upsets on Day 1

It doesn't matter who the player is, what the seeding is, the speciality of Grand Slams is that every now and then, there will be an upset or two as top players are sent packing in the earlier rounds itself. The 2019 Australian Open is no different as there were a few upsets on day 1. 

Ninth seed John Isner was sent packing by his fellow American Reily Opelka 6-7 (4), 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5) in a clash that lasted for nearly three hours and had 87 aces as both the towering Americans were struggling to break each other's serves. Every single set was decided by a tie-breaker, thanks to their serving powers. 

In another match, Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych, who is returning from an injury, beat 13th seed Kyle Edmund 6-3, 6-0, 7-5 to progress to the next round. Edmund, who was a semifinalist here in 2018, was no match to Berdych as the former Wimbledon runner-up made light work of his British opponent.

In the women's singles, there were quite a few upsets as three seeded players were knocked out on day 1 itself.

Former French Open champion and 22nd seed, Jelena Ostapenko, was beaten in three sets by her Greek opponent Maria Sakkari 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Following Ostapenko on her way out of the Women's Singles competition was 14th seed Julia Goerges, who lost to USA's Danielle Collins 3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, and 32nd seed Barbora Strycova, who lost 4-6, 6-7 (1) to Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva.

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