Day 3

Jan 18, 2012

Day Three of the Australian Open and already my confident choice of Stosur to win has been blasted in the foot by the proverbial shotgun. Surely the biggest upset of the tournament so far, Sam Stosur was beaten 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 by world number 59 Sorana Cirstea. Stosur was the home favourite, and the disappointment was palpable in the crowds as she was systematically blown away by a more focused opponent. A US champion should definitely not be beaten this early on in the first tournament of the year, on home turf, with a relatively straight forward opponent. Unfortunately for Sam it’s a habit she appears to have picked up this year.

The rest of the women’s results appear to be moving in a smoother direction. Petra Kvitova – no stranger to being thrown out in shock early exits – managed it through past Dushevina. Maria Sharapova is also safe, only dropping one game against the Argentine Dulko. Azarenka could come out of this tournament aa world number 1, and she seems on course so far after beating Australian wildcard Dellacqua with style and flourish.

Paths for the top seem similarly smooth in the men’s draw. Nadal, Federer and Djokovic have all made solid starts to the tournament. Andy Murray did better than his British compatriots and pushed through the first test. Even though he dropped the first set, Murray breezed through the rest of the first round challenge and that’s that hurdle passed.

Federer moved with the typical grace of a player who has done this all before, but it probably was helped by his opponent Andreas Beck withdrawing from a back problem and granting Federer a walkover.

Actually, the men’s draw wasn’t completely without shock. Mardy Fish, the US number one, went out with more than a fizzle than a bang; he was beaten in straight sets by Alejandro Falla. Looking at Fish’s previous run at the Australian Open it is hardly a surprise though; he fell at the same fence in 2010 and in 2011.

There’s little meat to get our teeth into so far. Bar the Stosur shock there is little happening that’s particularly out of the ordinary. However, that doesn’t mean this tournament is going to be a dull one. As we all know, what’s happening on day three can’t always give you clues as to what is going to happen day 4, day 5, day 6…or maybe it does and you just have to much more perceptive than I am.

-          SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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