16 January 2012

Day 1 at the 2012 Australian Open

Ah Melbourne you never disappoint. Day 1 at the tennis world's first slam was full on - huge crowds, scorching weather and some amazing first round matches.

The practice courts at the Australian Open are the best of any slam - very easy to see players quite close up. I saw Juan Monaco, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Dokic hitting with Shahar Peer, Petra Kvitova hitting with Zheng Jie, Marcos Bagdatis, Milos Raonic and Juan Carlos Ferrero - so many. That's the beauty of the first few days of a grand slam - everyone is around and pretty accessible.

I started day 1 with an Aussie - and what a great vibe on Margaret Court Arena for Casey Dellacqua and Bojana Jovanovski. The crowd was so pumped up and the stadium nearly full - I love hearing tennis fans cheering for one of their own.

Personally, I find it hard to commit to a match during the early days of a slam - there is so much to see and I truly bounced around from one match to another:

  1. Agnieska Radwanska vs Bethanie Mattek-Sands (saw the TB - crazy stuff. Bethanie was drop shotting Aga repeatedly and blasted so many winners).
  2. Julia Goerges vs Polona Hercog - Gools looked pretty good after illness affected her in Auckland.
  3. Sam Querrey vs Kenny De Schepper - had to go cheer on Sam as the stands were pretty empty. Good to see him get a win.
  4. Alexandr Dolgopolov vs Greg Jones - when I went into this match Dolgo was down two sets to love. He won in five sets - you're welcome.
  5. Roger Federer vs Alexandre Kurdryavtsev - Roger served big - Alex cracks the ball. Was some entertaining tennis for the most part.
  6. Caroline Wozniacki vs Anastasia Rodionova - Rodio had a few break points early on and from then it was some ugly tennis. Had to leave after 20 minutes.
Took a fair few photos:

Hi Pico

Shahar and Dokic practiced together

Jelena Dokic

Pironkova
Dellacqua


Bojana

Masha Masha Masha!


Vera - in Fila!


Kvitova

Zheng Jie aka Jay Z


Aga

Bethanie

Kei Nishikori

Gools

She looks a bit hot...

Querrery

Dolgo

Fed

Fed
It's time to head off for day two - the temps are meant to hit 36C today so water and sunscreen will be my best friends. 

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