Until 6: 5 in the second set everything went according to plan for
Julia Görges, but suddenly they left their serve and the forehand in the lurch. It followed the off in round one of the Australian Open. Angelique Kerber did better.
Julia Görges has been eliminated from the tennis tournament at the start of the Australian Open. The German number two and Wimbledon semi-finalist defeated Danielle Collins from the USA 6: 2, 6: 7 (5: 7) and 4: 6. In the second set Görges had already pitched for the match win and was only two balls away from the move to the next round.
A good week after their promising tournament victory in Auckland / New Zealand Görges said goodbye at the Margaret Court Arena of Melbourne after only two hours and 24 minutes from the first Grand Slam tournament of the season. “The disappointment is there, it’s clear that from the first two sets I can say that I played a good match that I unfortunately gave away,” said the 13th in the world ranking list. For the 30-year-old from Bad Oldesloe, it was her first opening defeat at the Australian Open since her Melbourne debut ten years ago. The world ranking-35. Collins, however, had so far not won a single match at one of the four major tennis tournaments.
Also for Andrea Petkovic the Australian Open are already over. The 31-year-old had obviously circulatory problems against the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu and gave up at the score of 7: 6 (7: 3), 3: 4. She lay for several minutes on the square and then could only sit upright on a chair with someone else’s help. When Petkovic could leave, she congratulated Begu and did not continue the game.
Kerber and Nadal will be favorites
Wimbledon’s winner Angelique Kerber, on the other hand, made the leap into the second round with confidence. Second in the tennis world rankings was her opening match against Slovenian Polona Hercog with 6: 2, 6: 2. In the 1:12-hour game on the center court in Melbourne Park, the 30-year-old allowed only four breakballs, which she defended confidently. “Overall, it was a good, consistent match,” said Kerber. “It took me a bit to find my rhythm in the beginning, the first laps are always difficult for me and in the second set I felt a bit liberated.” Next opponent of Germany’s athlete of the year is the Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Also no problems had the former Melbourne winner Maria Sharapova. The Russian gave the British Harriet Dart with 6-0, 6-0 even the maximum tennis penalty. In the men’s race, Rafael Nadal became the first favorite in the next round. The Spaniard prevailed at the opening 6: 4, 6: 3, 7: 5 against the Australian James Duckworth.
Three out of seven German gentlemen out already
For Peter Gojowczyk, Rudolf Molleker and Jan Lennard Struff, the first round was already the final stop. Gojowczyk lost to the number ten seeded Russian Karen Khachanov with 6: 3, 3: 6, 4: 6, 3: 6. The only 18-year-old Molleker had in his first main round match at a Grand Slam tournament the world ranking 16. Diego Schwartzman from Argentina beaten 1: 6, 3: 6, 6: 4, 0: 6. Struff lost to Australian Matthew Ebden 6: 1, 4: 6, 3: 6, 4: 6.