Another incredible day of tennis down at Melbourne Park saw some exciting tennis and memorable moments made in the Melbourne sun as round one came to a close
The Barty Party is in full swing!
After winning then first 16 points of the match and leading 4-0 it did look like being a long bit short evening for Danka Kovinic and it turned out to be that.
Ash Barty put on a performance of a world number one and made her mark in Melbourne. It was by far not a good afternoon for Danka who barely won a point and was dropped out of the competition 0-6 0-6 which no one wants.
Having not played for a year and then winning the warm-up event, Ash Barty has made a mark already! Next up for her is the returning Daria Gavrilova.
Over before it began…
As the Ash Barty Party got under way, many campaigns came to an end before they had really begun…
Surprising defeats for Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sakkari, Roberto Bautista Agut and a tired looking Dan Evans were a bit of a shock in round one as was the defeat of David Goffin by Alexei Popyrin.
Heather and Cam still standing!
Only a couple of British players are still standing following the competition of round one at the Australian Open.
Cam Norrie’s win over Dan Evans meant he was the guaranteed British participant in round two. Another into the next round is also Heather Watson, Heather won a close match 7-6 7-6 against Krystina Pliskova.
The day also saw Jo Konta retire from a set up but a break down with an abdominal injury which she described as a shock and round one defeats for Katie Boulter and Francesca Jones on Monday and Tuesday respectively ended their campaigns.
Popyrin and Kokkinakis steal the show!
One of my highlights of the Australian Open is seeing the atmosphere created around home players. To be there in 2019 to experience it was a dream come true.
The crowd are the best in the world and the connection from them to the players is phenomenal.
The noise propels players and it certainly made a massive difference to Alexei Popyrin who saved match points against David Goffin to win and Thanasi Kokkinakis’ return to Melbourne Park.
Thanasi winning was a special moment and one of the best which will come from the Australian. The illness and injury problems he has had have been hard and the emotion of winning that match and winning at the Australian Open and completing for the first time since 2015 was a wonderful sight to see!