Alexander Zverev has easily reached the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne. The world ranking fourth beat Aljaz Bedene (Slovenia) to 1:55 hours 6:4, 6:1, 6:4 . It was only the second German victory in the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, after Wimbledon champion had won Angelique Kerber from Kiel on Monday, her first match.
Zverev meets on Thursday to either Jeremy Chardy or Ugo Humbert (both of France). The slight foot injury that had been suffered by the native of Hamburg in the Training, should play no role any more. “The ankle still hurts a bit and is still a bit swollen, but getting better every day,” said Zverev after the Match against Bedene.
the increase in potential had left the winner of the ATP Finals at the normally strong serve. Six double-fault made Zverev, arrived in Melbourne so far, never through to the third round. Twice he gave his Service and was yet unthreatened. The Break in the first set was a Wake-up call for him, said Zverev.
Then Laura siegemund won surprisingly. The Swabian, the previous world ranking list, defeated-First Victoria Asarenka from Belarus on Tuesday in Melbourne 6:7 (5:7), 6:4, 6:2. In 2:42 hours-long game of victory mouth, missed first in the Tiebreak of the first Set. She then repeated in the second pass, a 2:4, and managed against the Australian Open champion from 2012 and 2013 still the turn. In the second round, siegemund, suffered by 2017 a cross-band crack, the to number 28 Hsieh Su-Wei from Taiwan set. The 30-year-old Siegemund is currently only the number 110 in the world rankings.
Tatjana Maria against Serena Williams overwhelmed
For the German Tennis ladies at this year’s Australian Open, otherwise, not good. On Tuesday, the overwhelmed Tajana lost Maria against Serena Williams at the 0:6, 2:6 against the seven-time winner in Melbourne.
As the fourth of six launched German ladies Mona Barthel with 3:6, 1:6 against last year’s US Open semi-finalist Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia adopted the same at the start then. So far, only Angelique Kerber reached the second round.
“Somehow, everything came together. You tense even more,“ said the 31-year-old Maria. “You wish to be in the Film. So blatant, it never was.“ The number 74 in the world rankings played in the 15,000-seat Rod Laver Arena in her first duel with Serena Williams totally cramped and made in the first sentence, only five points. Only 13 percent of the first serves came into the field.