Australian Open: The Rising And The Falling Stars


Late Tuesday saw two stars joining Venus Williams in a round of shocking exits. Former world number 1, Rafael Nadal and the current world number 2, Simona Halep.

The Nadal – Verdasco match exhibited one of the most powerful tennis in the open era. Verdasco played his best tennis so far. The proof of his sheer power results in the 20 aces, 10 return winners, 90 winners, and 57 groundstroke winners. Nadal played as powerful as he could, keeping at par with his fellow Spaniard. But the fellow was too good to be true.

“I just started hitting winners, I don’t know how. I was just closing the eyes and everything was going in,” said Verdasco. The overall match lasted for 4 hours and 41 minutes with the result 7-6(6) 4-6 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2.
This loss is Nadal’s second first round exit in his Grand Slam career.

World number 2 was blown away by a super emotional Shuai Zhang. This was Zhang’s first ever Grand Slam victory, what could be better if not done in style? With a score line of 6-4 6-3, Zheng displayed some wonderful tennis that can lead her at least a second round victory against Alize Cornet. Will she be able to get more emotional? We’ll just have to wait and watch!

Meanwhile, Aussies can breathe a sigh of relief to see Lleyton Hewitt advancing to the second round. The 34 years old showed a lot of confidence in his game with a victory of 7-6(5) 6-2 6-4 against fellow countryman James Duckworth. But the second round will be a big test for him as he’ll face David Ferrer next.

Meanwhile, during this ongoing report, Victoria Azarenka just thrashed Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium out of the tournament with a 6-0 6-0 victory. Victory for Victoria.

More to come.

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