Sam Stosur, the 9th seed, came on to the Rod Laver Arena to face off against a player who had beaten her in their last match – Kai-Chen Chang of Taiwan, who is ranked at 86. She also lost in the first round of the Australian Open in 2012 and had lost her previous five matches, so she had a lot to prove to herself and her supporters and fans at her home Grand Slam. Her nerves were evident throughout the first set, which she eventually manages to close out 7-3 in the tie breaker, in almost an hour on court. The second set was somewhat easier for Stosur and she managed to wrap it up 6-3 in three quarters of an hour, to move into the second round.
Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan, ranked at 118, met Daniela Hantuchova, now ranked at 44, on an outside court where the wind caused all sorts of problems for the players. In a real see saw match that lasted an hour and forty minutes, Chan eventually came out on top, with a 6-1 1-6 6-1 win over the very experienced Hantuchova who was playing in her twelfth Aussie Open; and who was a singles semi finalist in 2008 and a doubles finalist in 2002 and 2009.
Julia Goerges of Germany, seeded 18th, faced off against Vera Dushevina of Russia, ranked at number 147, on Show Court 2. This match also went the distance, as Goerges took the first set 7-5 in fifty one minutes, but let the Russian into the game which she won relatively easily 6-2 in half an hour to force a deciding set. The momentum swung the German’s way and she managed to scrape the third set 6-4 in three quarters of an hour to book her place in the second round.
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