World Tennis News: Australian Open First Week Update

The first week of the first Grand Slam of the 2016 season has finished with not many surprises. British number one and current world number two Andy Murray dropped his first set of this year’s Australian Open in his third round match against beat J Sousa from Portugal  6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. In his first two rounds in Melbourne Murray defeated both opponents in straight sets, Germany’s A Zverev 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in the first round followed by Sam Groth from Australia 6-0, 6-4, 6-1 in round two. Murray will now face another Australian Bernard Tomic in round four tomorrow to book his place in the last eight, also playing at the Rod Laver Arena tomorrow for a place in the quarter-fianals is France’s Gael Monfils versus Andrey Kuznetsov from Russia, Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland is up against Canadian Milos Raonic and Spain’s David Ferrer will compete against American John Isner. Britain’s Kyle Edmund went out in round one after a tough five-set match losing to Damir Dzumhur from Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 and he was joined by teammate Aljaz Bedene who lost to America’s Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).

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World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic was up against it in his fourth round match against France’s Gilles Simon, eventually winning in the five sets in the match that lasted well over four hours 6-3, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 4-6 6-3, he will now face Japan’s Kei Nishikori. Joining Djokovic in the last eight is four-time champion Roger Federer who defeated David Goffin from Belgium 6-2, 6-1, 6-4, he will play Tomas Berdych.

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British number one Johanna Konta, 24 is looking to book her Grand-slam quarter final place after she defeated her tennis heroine Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 in her opening round match last Tuesday and then beat Zheng Saisai 6-2, 6-3 in round two and Czech Republic’s Densia Allertova 6-2, 6-2 in the third round. She will now face twenty-first seed Ekaterina Makarova from Russia. Also looking for a place in the last eight is America’s Madison Keys who faces Shuai Zhang, Victoria Azarenka from Belarus versus Czech Barbora Strycova and the all-German tie of seventh seed Angelique Kerber against Annika Beck. British number two Heather Watson bowed out in the first round after she was beaten by Hungary’s Timea Babos in a close match.7-6 (7-4), 7-5, 7-5

The women’s quarter finals are already shaping up with old rivals Serena Williams (USA) facing Russia’s Maria Sharapova and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska up against Carla Suarez-Navarro from Spain.

In the Men’s doubles seventh seeds Jamie Murray (UK) and Bruno Soares (Brazil) face fellow Brit Dominic Inglot and his Swedish partner Robert Lindstedt in round three. British pairing of Konta and Watson were knocked out by teammates Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith in round two 6-2, 6-3 who were then beaten in round three 6-3, 6-4 by Yuang-Jan and Hao-Ching Chan.

Photo of Andy Murray used courtesy of www.ausopen.com and Johanna Konta used courtesy of www.bbc.com