Day Two of the 2012 Australian Open finished with all the seeds on both the men's and women's sides of the draw advancing with the exception of hometown favorite Samantha Stosur, the number six-ranked and 2011 U.S. Open Champion. Stosur was ousted in straight sets on Tuesday, 7-6 (2), 6-3, to the 59th-ranked Sorana Cirstea of Romania. Stosur has had one win in three tournaments on home soil in 2012. Cirstea advances to face
“I’m not sure if it’s one of my biggest matches, but it feels like that now,” said Cirstea, who had lost both her previous matches against Stosur. “Probably the whole country hates me now.”
Also advancing into the second round on the women's side was world number two-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. After surrendering her opening service game with a double-fault, Kvitova won 12 consecutive games in her 6-2, 6-0 win over Russia’s Vera Dushevina. Kvitova reached the quarterfinals of the 2011 Australian Open at the start of a season in which she surged up the rankings. Last week, she missed a chance to overhaul Caroline Wozniacki’s world number one ranking when she lost in the Sydney International semifinals. She needed to win the Sydney tournament to take over the top spot. Kvitova will face 58th-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in the second round.
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic, a 2008 Australian Open finalist, advanced into the second round with a decisive 6-0, 6-3 win over Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain. Ivanovic will face Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands in her next match.
Also advancing was world number four-ranked Maria Sharapova of Russia, who won the first eight games of a 6-0, 6-1 win over Gisela Dulko of Argentina.
“I’ve been here for 14 days getting used to the conditions,” Sharapova said. “Back in the heat now, but it was like winter before. Different preparation, but sometimes it’s just the way it goes.”
Sharapova's second round opponent will be American Jamie Hampton, currently ranked 144th in the world.
American Serena Williams was victorious in her opening round match as well, a 6-3, 6-2 win over Austrian Tamira Paszek. Serena advances to next face Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic in the second round. Her opening round match at the Open was her first real test after twisting her ankle in a match against Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski nearly two weeks ago at the Brisbane International.
Others advancing on the women's side of the draw were number 14 Sabine Lisicki of Germany, 17th-ranked Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, 27th-ranked Maria Kirilenko of Russia, Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak, Shahar Peer of Israel and 2000 Wimbledon semifinalist Jelena Dokic of Austria.
Click here for full results of Day Two action on the women's side of the draw from the 2012 Australian Open.
On the men's side of the draw, top-ranked Serbian Novak Djokovic began his quest for 2012 Grand Slam domination, cruising to a 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 win over Paolo Lorenzi of Italy.
“It was a great performance for (my) first official match of the 2012 season,” said Djokovic, who will meet Colombian Santiago Giraldo in second round action.. "Nowadays, I am more of a complete player. I feel physically I’m stronger, I move better. I serve better, especially having 2011 the way I had, this gives me more confidence.”
The number four seed, Great Britain's Andy Murray, was tested by young American Ryan Harrison, but pulled off a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win to advance to round two to face world 101st-ranked Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France.
France's Gael Monfils defeated Australian wild card entry Marinko Matosevic, 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-3. Monfils lost in the third round of last year's Australian Open, losing to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka. Monfils will face Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci in the second round after Bellucci's 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Israel's Dudi Sela.
Wild card entry and hometown favorite, 30-year-old Lleyton Hewitt is advancing as well after his 7-5 6-4 3-6 7-5 first-round victory against little-known Cedrik-Marcel Stebe of Germany on Tuesday night. Hewitt, a former U.S. Open in 2001 and Wimbledon champ in 2002, is playing in a record 16th consecutive Australian Open. His ranking has plummeted to No.181 after a left ankle injury, followed by a chronic foot injury, kept him to a light schedule of 11 events in 2011. He meets American Andy Roddick, ranked 15th in the world in round two action after Roddick's 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 win over Robin Haase of the Netherlands.
Others advancing on the men's side include the number five seed David Ferrer of Spain, 17th-ranked Richard Gasquet, number 23 Milos Raonic of Canada, number 24 Kei Nishikori of Japan and number 32 Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia.
Click here for full results of Day Two action on the men's side of the draw from the 2012 Australian Open.