Australian Open

Serena shakes off rust to win

2012-01-17 16:10
Serena Williams (AP)

Melbourne - Five-time champion Serena Williams moved into the second round of the Australian Open in the early hours of Wednesday morning (Australian time) with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Austria's Tamira Paszek.

In a match that didn't start until 11:30 on Tuesday, following Lleyton Hewitt's four-hour win over German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, the 12th-seeded Williams overcame a tenacious Paszek in one hour and 20 minutes.

The 13-time Grand Slam winner has now won 15 consecutive matches at Melbourne Park following her title wins in 2009 and 2010.

She missed the 2011 Open with injury and appeared in doubt for this year's tournament after injuring her ankle in Brisbane two weeks ago.

Williams moved well throughout the match and did not appear hampered by the injury. But the late hour seemed to affect the 30-year-old American, who struggled to subdue the challenge from the unheralded Paszek.

Williams, who has never lost in the first round in her 46 Grand Slams, appeared frustrated at times as she alternated between making scintillating winners and simple errors.

While smashing 34 winners past the Austrian, she also made 26 unforced errors to keep Paszek in touch.

But although Paszek fought hard throughout, the power of Williams proved decisive and the American finished strongly to move into a second round clash against Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Results on Tuesday at the Australian Open on outdoor hardcourts at Melbourne Park (number in parentheses denotes seeding):

Singles

Men

First Round


Philipp Petzschner, Germany, def. Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic, 6-0, 6-0, 6-2.
David Ferrer (5), Spain, def. Rui Machado, Portugal, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.
Santiago Giraldo, Colombia, def. Matteo Viola, Italy, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1.
Kei Nishikori (24), Japan, def. Stephane Robert, France, 6-1, 7-6 (7), 6-0.
Alex Bogomolov Jr. (32), Russia, def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Spain, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
Richard Gasquet (17), France, def. Andreas Seppi, Italy, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Novak Djokovic (1), Serbia, def. Paolo Lorenzi, Italy, 6-2, 6-0, 6-0.
Edouard Roger-Vasselin, France, def. Xavier Malisse, Belgium, 7-6 (6), retired.
Milos Raonic (23), Canada, def. Filippo Volandri, Italy, 6-4, 6-0, 6-2.
James Duckworth, Australia, def. Jurgen Zopp, Estonia, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Michael Llodra, France, def. Ernests Gulbis, Latvia, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.
Tatsuma Ito, Japan, def. Potito Starace, Italy, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Ryan Sweeting, United States, def. Matthias Bachinger, Germany, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
Gael Monfils (14), France, def. Marinko Matosevic, Australia, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-3.
Juan Ignacio Chela (27), Argentina, def. Michael Russell, United States, 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4.
Andrey Golubev, Kazakhstan, def. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Janko Tipsarevic (9), Serbia, def. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia, 5-7, 7-6 (12), 6-3, 6-4.
Pablo Andujar, Spain, def. Igor Kunitsyn, Russia, 6-1, 7-6 (12), 6-0.
Andy Murray (4), Britain, def. Ryan Harrison, United States, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
Ricardo Mello, Brazil, def. Roberto Bautista-Agut, Spain, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.
Marcel Granollers (26), Spain, def. Jesse Levine, United States, 6-0, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 5-7, 6-3.
Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil, def. Dudi Sela, Israel, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3.
Matthew Ebden, Australia, def. Joao Souza, Brazil, 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-2.
Andy Roddick (15), United States, def. Robin Haase, Netherlands, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1.
Frederico Gil, Portugal, def. Ivan Dodig, Croatia, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, 4-1 retired.
Nicolas Mahut, France, def. Radek Stepanek (29), Czech Republic, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3.
Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain, 6-4, 6-3, 6-0.
Gilles Simon (12), France, def. Danai Udomchoke, Thailand, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2.
Julien Benneteau, France, def. Karol Beck, Slovakia, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6), France, def. Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Viktor Troicki (19), Serbia, def. Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spain, 4-6, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
Lleyton Hewitt, Australia, def. Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, Germany, 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Women

First Round


Petra Kvitova (2), Czech Republic, def. Vera Dushevina, Russia, 6-2, 6-0.
Maria Kirilenko (27), Russia, def. Jarmila Gajdosova, Australia, 6-4, 6-2.
Shahar Peer, Israel, def. Isabella Holland, Australia, 6-2, 6-0.
Aleksandra Wozniak, Canada, def. Zhang Shuai, China, 6-3, 6-3.
Lucie Hradecka, Czech Republic, def. Evgeniya Rodina, Russia, 6-3, 6-1.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (15), Russia, def. Klara Zakopalova, Czech Republic, 7-6 (5), 6-1.
Vania King, United States, def. Kateryna Bondarenko, Ukraine, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain, def. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania, 6-1, 7-5.
Sabine Lisicki (14), Germany, def. Stefanie Voegele, Switzerland, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Jelena Dokic, Australia, def. Anna Chakvetadze, Russia, 6-2, 6-1.
Dominika Cibulkova (17), Slovakia, def. Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia, 6-3, 6-1.
Greta Arn, Hungary, def. Rebecca Marino, Canada, 6-4, 6-2.
Maria Sharapova (4), Russia, def. Gisela Dulko, Argentina, 6-1, 6-0.
Jamie Hampton, United States, def. Mandy Minella, Luxembourg, 6-1, 6-1.
Kaia Kanepi (25), Estonia, def. Johanna Larsson, Sweden, 6-2, 6-4.
Sorana Cirstea, Romania, def. Sam Stosur (6), Australia, 7-6 (2), 6-3.
Sloane Stephens, United States, def. Silvia Soler-Espinosa, Spain, 6-4, 6-2.
Roberta Vinci (23), Italy, def. Alexandra Cadantu, Romania, 6-0, 6-1.
Sara Errani, Italy, def. Valeria Savinykh, Russia, 6-2, 6-1.
Marion Bartoli (9), France, def. Virginie Razzano, France, 7-5, 6-0.
Stephanie Dubois, Canada, def. Elena Vesnina, Russia, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.
Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands, def. Kristina Barrois, Germany, 6-3 7-6 (13).
Ekaterina Makarova, Russia, def. Tamarine Tanasugarn, Thailand, 6-0, 2-6, 6-0.
Vera Zvonareva (7), Russia, def. Alexandra Dulgheru, Romania, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-3.
Urszula Radwanska, Poland, def. Alison Riske, United States, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (18), Russia, def. Chanelle Scheepers, South Africa, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.
Nadia Petrova (29), Russia, def. Andrea Hlavackova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.
Angelique Kerber (30), Germany, def. Bojana Bobusic, Australia, 6-1, 6-3.
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Czech Republic, def. Iryna Bremond, France, 6-0, 6-4.
Zheng Jie, China, def. Madison Keys, United States, 6-2, 6-1.
Ana Ivanovic (21), Serbia, def. Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Spain, 6-0, 6-3.
Serena Williams (12), United States, def. Taimira Paszek, Austria, 6-3, 6-2.

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