Monday, January 25, 2010

Aussie Open Seed and Upset Report

The first week of the year's first grand slam is done, and that means the we've got the Final 16 and we've gotten rid of 87.5% of the players in the singles draw. Here's a rundown of the seeds and big names that are part of that 87.5% (a.k.a the early round losers.):

First Round Losers:
(14)Maria Sharapova (RUS) - the very first casualty, losing to fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko in the very first match on Rod Laver Arena.
(8)Robin Soderling (SWE) - last year's French Open finalist is on 0 wins in 2 matches this year after losing his opening match to Marcel Granollers.
(13)Radek Stepanek (CZE) - Lost to Croat Ivo Karlovic
(16)Tommy Robredo (ESP) - Lost to Colombian Santiago Giraldo
And the lower seeds:
Men: (23)Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP), (25)Sam Querrey (USA), (28)Jurgen Melzer (AUT), (32)Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
Women: (18)Virginie Razzano (FRA) (23)Dominika Cibulkova (SVK), (25)Anabel Medina-Garrigues (ESP), (28)Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Richard Gasquet (FRA) - He's getting a mention here because I thought he was gonna make a surprise run. Lost in 5 sets to Mikhail Youzhny in a great match that STAR SPORTS DID NOT FINISH. Your turning into an also-ran fast, Reeshard.
Melanie Oudin (USA) - Had stellar runs at Wimbledon and the US Open, and got tremendous hype from the US media. Gives fodder for her critics that says she only got lucky at the US Open.

Second Round Losers:
(5)Elena Dementieva (RUS) - lost to former #1, 7-time grand slam champ, making-a-comeback-from-retirement Justine Henin of Belgium. Not really an upset, but still, too bad for Elena.
(12)Flavia Pennetta (ITA) - lost to world #16, US Open semifinalist, making-a-comeback-from-unfair-suspension Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium. Not a huge upset, but still, too bad for Flavia.
Lower seeds:
(17)David Ferrer (ESP) - lost to Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in 5 sets after leading 2 sets to 0. Baghdatis then pulled out from his third round match just to irritate Ferrer.
(20)Ana Ivanovic (SRB) - lost to Gisela Dulko. Ana's ball toss has gone on to hiding after being thrown awkwardly into the air one to many times. The said ball toss is still currently missing upon this writing.
(21)Sabine Lisicki (GER) - lost to Alberta Brianti. Hasn't tweeted since loss.
(21)Tomas Berdych (CZE) - lost to Anna Kournikova's cousin Evgeny Korolev.
(24)Maria Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP) - lost to China's Jie Zheng.
(29)Viktor Troicki (SRB) - lost to German Florian Mayer.
(26)Aravane Rezai (FRA) - lost to German Angelique Kerber.
(29)Kateryna Bondarenko(UKR) - lost to Great Britain's Elena Baltacha.

Third Round Losers:
(8)Jelena Jankovic (SRB) - lost to #31 Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine.
(10)Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) - lost to 5'5 Italian Francesca Schiavone.
(11)Marion Bartoli (FRA) - lost to China's Jie Zheng, her 2nd straight upset win over a seed.
(12)Gael Monfils (FRA) - lost to 6'9'' American John Isner.
(24)Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) - lost to 6'10'' Croat Ivo Karlovic.

and the biggest upset of all...
(15)Kim Clijsters (BEL) - lost to Russian Nadia Petrova. The big shock here wasn't that Kim lost. It was that she lost badly. And when I say badly, I mean 6-0, 6-1. Brutal loss.

(There were several other seeds who lost, but they lost to higher ranked players, so that's not really an upset.)

The second week of the Aussie Open is where it gets serious, where the title contenders face each other (and when I say title contenders, I mean the Federers and Nadals and Henins and Williamseseses.)

Go blonde Europeans!

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