Tennis calendar seems a never-ending one at times with little break involved. Feels only yesterday when Stan Wawrinka held the glittering trophy aloft Flushing Meadows but here we are all ready and set for the first Grand Slam of the new year I’m Melbourne in the form of the Australian Open.
Day 1 at the Australian Open saw upsets in the form of exits for Simona Halep and Roberta Vinci while there were scares for Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka. All three were taken to five sets with Cilic coming from two sets down to beat Jerzy Janowicz. Roger Federer dropped a set on return but won in four while Angelique Kerber also was extended to win in three sets.
Andy Murray faced tough resistance but eased into the second round, as did Venus Williams, Garbine Muruguza, and Olympic gold medallist Monica Puig.