Monday, January 18, 2016

AO 1.5 - Of Sisters and Sam

A little extra to fill in the gaps...

In the last hours of Monday, two more seeds fell as #22 Andrea Petkovic (to Evgeniya Kulichkova) and #25 Samantha Stosur (to Kristyna Pliskova) lost to push the number of seeds already out to seven, already just four off the record-tying number of eleven who were knocked out one year ago in Melbourne.

While an early Stosur exit in Australia isn't big news, she usually wins at least ONE match. This is just her second 1st Round loss since 2005, and it came on the big stage under the lights on Rod Laver (really, they should have known not to schedule her there). Qualifier Pliskova nearly flubbed her chance, showing all her Czech-ness by throwing in a pair of DF while trying to serve out the match at 6-4/5-4. Eventually, Stosur held two SP before Pliskova pushed things to a TB. There, on her 3rd MP, Pliskova fired a lefty ace to put Stosur away. So, again, she flashed all her "Czech glory"... only this time it was the good stuff.

All right, Karolina. Your move.

There might be two Pliskovas in the 2nd Round, but there won't be two Radwanskas. There SHOULD have been, though. Ula led Ana Konjuh 6-0/3-0, and at 4-4 had a BP for a shot to serve out the match. She failed to convert, then the Croat teenager grabbed the horns of the match and won eight of the next eleven games to win 0-6/6-4/6-3.

Genie Bouchard kept up her early '16 momentum with a win over Aleksandra Krunic. So, one of the recent AO North American semifinalists is still in the draw (Sloane is out, while Keys has yet to play), while The Bracelet is not. Tribute.

A few other spare notes:

* - no Australia-born woman won on Day 1. Only Russian-born Aussie Gavrilova did.

* - Speaking of Russians, Hordettes went 5-2 on Day 1, including big NextGen wins by Kasatkina (#27 AK.Schmiedlova), Kulichkova (#22 Petkovic) and Gasparyan (#17 Errani). And that's not even counting Moscow-born Putintseva/KAZ (#16 Wozniacki), or Gavrilova.

* - Maria Sharapova's win over Nao Hibino gives her 598 in her career

All for Day 1.5 -- more tomorrow.


Blogger colt13 said...

So is Kr. Pliskova going to win a slam before Ka? Just kidding.

Picking 9 seeds to lose on day 2.

Put the hex on Stephens by mentioning her as a favorite. History was on my side, as the last 3 Auckland winners reached the QF at AO(V.Williams, Ivanovic, Radwanska). Last winner to get bounced in the first round? The journeywoman Greta Arn in 2011.

Mon Jan 18, 01:36:00 PM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Hmmm, I'm wondering if AnaIvo is included in the nine? ;)

(Although, even for her, losing early to Patterson would be considered a "surprise." Just when you'd think she's no longer capable of such things...)

Mon Jan 18, 01:45:00 PM EST  
Blogger Eric said...

I just want to watch tennis! I don't want to watch talking heads say the same thing over and over about match fixing.

Serena's crop top needs to go. Or the midriff needs to come back. Either.

I thought Chrissie was going to deck Brad Gilbert for interrupting her over and over and over. He's usually more eloquent...but really misspoke a lot today. I wish she had decked him.

Chris McKendry looked old today. They're using the wrong makeup or something...

And the worst commentator combo ever is PMac and MJF. They both say the most useless, obvious things...and are clearly biased...AND they get their position bc of familial privilege.

See...when you talk a lot and don't show me tennis, all I can do is critique YOU AND YOUR SUCKY COMMENTATING.

Mon Jan 18, 10:28:00 PM EST  
Blogger Eric said...

You guys miss me? :)

Mon Jan 18, 10:29:00 PM EST  
Blogger Diane said...

Hell yes!

And PMac and MJF are terrible. But I think I'd rather have them than have to deal with the combination of Carillo and Davenport :-D

Mon Jan 18, 11:43:00 PM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Haha. I'm sure anyone who switched over from Tennis Channel to ESPN2 in the middle of the 1st set of Venus/Konta (the viewers WERE directed to do so, no less) looked at the clock a few times as the wait went on and on and on... for about 15-20 minutes... before, you know, actual tennis was shown in the coverage of a grand slam event.

ESPN likes to self-importantly think it's a news gathering, culture-directing, outrage-stoking source rather than a sports network. Streaming coverage is often given as the main reason for the drop in ESPN's overall ratings of late, but I think how easy it is to get fed up with almost everything about the network plays a large part, as well.

(And welcome back, Eric!) :)

Tue Jan 19, 12:19:00 AM EST  

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