Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Champs all win in Brisbane
In fact, the first round of the Brisbane International basically went to script except for 8th seeded Dominika Cibulkova losing to compatriot Daniela Hantuchova in three sets.
Sporting new labels Samantha Stosur and Jelena Jankovic gave their new clothing sponsor something to smile about both kicking off 2012 with relative ease. The pair both prevailed in straight sets 6-2 6-3 and 6-4 6-2 respectively.
The French Open champs kicked off their seasons with different wins but wins none the less, Ana Ivanovic prevailed 6-3 6-3 over Wimbledon quarter finalist Tamira Paszek while Schiavone won when her opponent, Kazakhstan's Xeniya (Kesnina) Pervak double faulted giving Fran the break back to tie at 4-4 in the first set and retired from the match following, citing a migraine.
On debut in Brisbane, 13 time slam winner Serena Williams began her campaign for an astonishing sixth Australian Open crown with a 6-2 6-3 win of South African, Chanelle Scheepers. Williams shook for first serve and forehand rust to prevail in 68 minutes and fire down seven aces.
2010 Brisbane champion, Kim Clijsters won on New Years day against her Romanian opponent Simona Halep. After a comfortable 6-1 opening set the second set was much more a tussle as the pair exchanged breaks, however experience proved stronger on the day with Kim winning 6-1 6-4. Kim's win sets up an enthralling round two match against Ana Ivanovic, the last time the pair played in Miami 2011, the Serb choked away triple match point serving at 5-0 in the third.