Excitement Continues to Rise in Australia Grand Slam
Well, we're through two days of qualifying in the first Grand Slam of the year, and as we kick off the 2010 season of professional tennis, we have seen some great matches already and that's just the qualifying. The top seeds in the Australian Open include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Juan Martin del Potro. The defending champion is Nadal, who won his sixth Grand Slam lasat year after beating Roger Federer. Other seeds include Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Roddick and Robin Soderling.
Day one of qualifying was an exciting one to be sure. It was all about the men and the notable matches included Kevin Anderson beating Guillermo Olaso from Spain 6-3, 6-4. Ryan Sweeting from the United States beat Yuichi Sugita and Kevin Kim beat Kaden Hensel 6-4, 6-4. A close match happened between Lars Poerschke from Germany and Inigo Cervantes-Huegun from Spain, which ended in Poerschke's favor after three sets, 7-6, 6-7, and 8-6. A total of 65 matches took place on 12 courts for the men's singles qualifying.
Day two of qualifying saw Yanina Wickmayer in the qualifying rounds because of a ban for what was initially an anti-doping charge, but then was removed. However, it was too late to enter the main draw at that point. She is the top seed in qualifying and is the semi finalist from the 2009 U.S. Open, but she nearly lost to Japan's Yurika Sema, after having her serve broken three times, but eventually cam back to take the second set 6-0. Then she and Sema battled the third set which eventually ended 7-5, just getting Wickmayer into the Grand Slam.
Tags: Australian Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin, Andy Roddick
Posted: 15th January 2010
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