Finally after many expectations, fears, controversies, controversies and hopes, the Australian Open 2021 has begun, the first Grand Slam of the season that will be played at Melbourne Park from 8 to 21 February, with the presence of a part of the crowd in the stands.
All the greatest tennis players on the planet have therefore made an appointment in Melbourne to play one of the most fascinating and important sporting events of the sporting season, the first real appointment with great tennis after the appetizer of the ATP and WTA events in Melbourne the week before the Australian Open.
There is no Roger Federer, who will return on the court in the next ATP Doha event. For Serena Williams, the problems at the Australian Open 2021 still seem distant, after the 6-3 6-0 victory against Nina Stojanovic. The twenty-three-time Grand Slam champion, who entered the first Grand Slam of the season in an extraordinary way, she will find another player in the third round who is sailing at the foot of the Top 100.
Anastasia Potapova, fresh from the clear success against Timea Babos. Naomi Osaka run fast, who gets rid of Caroline Garcia with a clear 6-2 6-3, while Aryna Sabalenka's suffering against Daria Kasatkina last a set, and Sorana Cirstea's success against Petra Kvitova ends up in the list of surprises .
The Romanian returns to win against a Top 10 exactly nine years after the last time with a fluctuating 6-4 1-6 6-1. No Czech derby with Veronika Kudermetova for the two-time champion of the Chamionships, still looking for certainties after a rather positive final of twenty-twenty.
Su Wei Hsieh's blow against Bianca Andreescu is surprising, but not too much. Practically returning to the WTA Tour after fourteen months of stop and obviously with only one victory in the roadmap. The player from Taipei - who plays a game of quantity and above all of quality - imposes herself with a dry 6-3 6-2 and gets stuck in the third round in Sara Errani's segment of the board.
The one against Venus Williams - ten years after her first, in Australia - is a non-challenge. Conditioned from the very beginning by a rather precarious physical condition and from the end of the first set by an injury to her right knee and left ankle, the American tennis player still drags herself to the finish line dribbling the retirement.
The final 6-1 6-0 that propels the Bolognese player to the third round of the Slam downunder for the first time since 2015 is completely circumstantial. An exceptional result, considering the circumstances. As in the logic of things, Camila Giorgi fails to overcome the Iga Swiatek stumbling block.
The queen of Paris, who starts in a practically perfect way and absorbs the Italian tennis player's attempt to return without particular difficulty, after just under ninety minutes of play, makes the final 6-2 6-4 and gets closer to the best result dated not even to say it 2020: the fourth round. On the road now, the Frenchwoman Fiona Ferro.