The first grand slam of the year got off to a fantastic start. It is probably the best Day one of any grand slam in recent memory. There were some gigantic upsets that shocked the pundits. Lets take a look at all the action.
Biggest upsets: The day started with the highly anticipated match in the women’s draw. Number 5 seed Venus Williams was pitted against the Swiss youngster Belinda Bencic. It was an interesting match and was expected to be a tough one for the American. It proved more than tough as Belinda Bencic displayed the best tennis of her career and put and end to the hopes of last year’s runner-up.
The day continued to be bad for the Americans with defending US Open champion Sloane Stephens losing to Zhang Shuai from China and Tenth seed CoCo Vandeweghe losing in straight sets to Babos.
The men’s draw witnessed its first upset as Kyle Edmund beat Number 11 seed Kevin Anderson in five sets. Andrey Rublev sneaked past David Ferrer in another 5 setter. Philip Kohlschreiber succumbed to Nishioka Yoshihito in a five setter too. The misery continued for the American contingent as big serving John Isner lost to local player Matthew Ebden in four sets. The biggest shock of the day though was world number nine Jack Sock losing to the Japanese Yuichi Sugita. A total of 12 American players were eliminated on the first day of the tournament.
Though many seeded players got eliminated, there were also many who made it through to the second round. The 2017 French open champion Jeļena Ostapenko came through a tough opponent in Fransesca Schiavone. World number and tournament favorite Caroline Wozniacki was quick to secure her place in the second round. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga moved ahead without much trouble. Grigor Dimitrov dispatched the challenge of Dennis Novak and cruised to the second round. Marin Cilic beat Canadian Vasek Pospisil in four sets. Local crowd favorite Nick Kyrgios brushed aside Dutra Silva in three quick sets.
World number one Rafael Nadal was at his very best in his opening match against Estrella Burgos, the 37-year-old veteran from Dominican Republic. It seemed as if the Spaniard wanted to take us back in time with his sleeveless outfit. If his form and fitness are anything to go by, we are in for a treat.