In a match between two Grand Slam winners, Czech 6th seed Petra Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011, took on the unseeded Italian Francesca Schiavone, who won the French Open in 2010, on the Margaret Court Arena on Tuesday. In a very topsy turvy match, Kvitova took the first set 6-4, but the exciting Italian came back in the second set, to take it 6-2, forcing a decider. In the third set, it was the Czech who managed to get the early break, hold on to it and serve out 6-2 for the win which takes her into the second round.
Caroline Wozniacki, world number 1 in 2010 and 2011 and the tournament’s 10th seed, had probably the worst first round draw imaginable. She drew Sabine Lisicki, the German who is now ranked at 36, but whose highest ranking was 12, and who got to the 4th round in last year’s Aussie Open. A streaky player, on form Lisicki is hard to beat and she certainly gave the Dane a run around in their match. Lisicki came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders to steamroll past her opponent 6-2 in just over half an hour. In typical fashion, Wozniacki came back in the second set, to take it 6-3, but the German ran up a 3-0 lead in the decider before the Dane reeled off six games in a row to take the set 6-3 and move into the second round.