Aussies recorded mixed results on Day Two of the Australian Open.
Veteran Sam Stosur delighted crowds with her 6-7 6-3 6-3 first round win over American Robin Anderson.
Stosur says it’s easier to play this year, as she prepares to end her singles career.
“It’s kind of like, well, this is your last chance – if you’re not going to do it now, you’re never going to have another opportunity to do it,” said Stosur, “it’s kind of like – back’s against the wall so this is it.”
“I’ve been wanting to try and find that in my tennis for a couple of years now.”
Aussie wildcard Maddison Inglis recorded the biggest win of her career, beating US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez in straight sets 6-4 6-2.
The 24-year-old says it was an incredible feeling knowing she’s advancing to the second round.
“This is my first main draw win, and I had thought of that moment for a long time, and it was just… pure happiness – I was so happy,” said Inglis.
In the men’s side, Jordan Thompson is out of the tournament after going down in a five setter to American Steve Johnson 7-6 6-7 4-6 6-3 6-3.
Out on Court 6, another local favourite, Alex Bolt was beaten by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3 6-3 6-4.
In a blockbuster start to his AO campaign, Nick Kyrgios put on a show, defeating Brit Liam Broady in a comfortable three sets 6-4 6-4 6-3.
Kyrgios opened up about his experience with COVID-19, after testing positive and having to isolate prior to the Grand Slam.
“The first couple of days I was bed-ridden… I was sleeping like 17 hours a day – I was obviously concerned that I wasn’t going to be physically ready to play,” said Kyrgios, “you know, I just took it day by day, and you know, just looked at the bright side, like, it took a bit of pressure off – but I was just so excited to be here, first match of the year”.
Kyrgios says he’s excited to face world number two Daniil Medvedev in the second round.
“Those past experiences I’ve had against him – and I’ve had success against him in the past – I know the kind of game style and the way I need to play”.
“He knows how I’m going to play, I think, and I know how he’s going to play, so it’s going to be very contrasting styles”.
Over on Margaret Court Arena, Alex De Minaur fought back from a set down to prevail over Italian Lorenzo Musetti 3-6 6-3 6-0 6-3.
Alexei Popyrin played a tight five setter against in-form Arthur Rinderknech, with the final score going the way of the Frenchman, 7-5 4-6 6-2 3-6 6-3.
In other matches, crowd favourite Andy Murray recorded a nail biting five set victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili, and reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu defeated Sloane Stephens.
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