Number 3 seed Serena Williams, is clearly the player to beat for the title at this year’s Aussie Open, but there may be a twist in the tail, as she fell awkwardly and injured her ankle in her match against Edina Gallovits-Hall of Romania, who is ranked at 110.
At 3-0, Williams twisted her ankle and had a lengthy medical time out where she had her foot tightly strapped and decided to continue, which turned out to be a good idea. Her opponent kept hitting the ball right at her, so she did not have to run to hit her winners, which she did comprehensively, running out to a 6-0 6-0 win in just 54 minutes. Hopefully she will fully recover before her next match in the second round.
Maria Kirilenko of Russia, the tournament’s 14th seed, also progressed to the second round after she handily defeated Vania King of the United States, ranked at number 76. Kirilenko started playing really well in the tail end of the 2012 season and her ranking went up in leaps and bounds. In this match she continued her good form to take out the American 6-4 6-2. King made her work hard for the first set, but the Russian collected herself to serve out for game, set and match in an hour and a half.
Svetlana Kuznetsova, now ranked a lowly 75 after being off the tour for six months with an injury, faced off against the Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino, ranked at 46. After a few good wins in her first tournament of the 2013 season, Kuznetsova is once again playing good tennis and feeling great on court. This was clearly shown in her first round match on Tuesday, as she dominated from beginning to end to easily defeat the Spaniard 6-2 6-1 in exactly one hour on court.