After winning her first two tournaments of the 2013 season, Agnieszka Radwanska is a force to be reckoned with at this year’s Australian Open. The Pole, seeded 4th, walked out onto the Margaret Court Arena with a confident air to take on Bojana Bobusic, ranked a lowly 307 and one of the Australian wild cards.
On paper this looked to be another of Radwanska’s quick straight sets wins but, as is the case with all Grand Slams, there are always turn ups for the books, and the first set was one of them. Bobusic stayed with Radwanska all the way to 5-5 before the Pole managed the break to take the set 7-5 in almost an hour. The second set ran much more to form, with Radwanska serving it out to love to move comfortably into the second round.
Na Li, the tournament’s 6th seed, played against Sesil Karantantcheva of Kazakhstan, who is ranked at number 113 also on Margaret Court Arena; and it took the Chinese player just 78 minutes to eclipse her opponent 6-1 6-3. Even though Li made more unforced errors – 31 to Karantantcheva’s 19 – Li held her nerve on the most important points to serve out the match and move into the second round.
Angelique Kerber of Germany, the leftie 5th seed, took on Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, ranked at 127, on Show Court 2. In typical fashion, Kerber played her erratic style of tennis, hitting some outstanding winners, but also making a whole host of unforced errors. Even though the German took the first set 6-2, it was tight throughout its 30 minute duration; and followed the same pattern in the second set, which Kerber eventually won 6-4, to win a match that lasted 77 minutes.