Australian Open 2017: Week 1 Upsets

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Day 1: First Round

Men:

Alexander Bublik (RUS) def (16) Lucas Pouille 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Diego Schwartzman (ARG) def (22) Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-3, 6-3, 6-0

Lukâš Lacko (SVK) def (26) Albert Ramos-Viñolas (ESP) 4-6, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3

Women:

Shelby Rogers (USA) def (4) Simona Halep (ROU) 6-3, 6-1

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) def (15) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 6-1, 7-6(3)

Varvara  Lepchenko (USA) def (19) Kiki Bertens (NED) 7-5, 7-6(5)

Shuai Peng (CHN) def (23) Daria Kasatkina (RUS) 6-0, 7-6(5)

Jelena Jankovic (SRB) def (26) Laura Sigemund (GER) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4

Day 2: First Round

Men:

Fabio Fognini (ITA) def (28) Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 7-5, 6-3, 7-5

Women:

Heather Watson (GBR) def (18) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0

Nicole Gibbs (USA) def (25) Timea Babos (HUN) 7-6(3), 6-4

Day 3: Second Round

Men:

Daniel Evans (GBR) def (7) Marin Cilic (CRO) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3

Andreas Seppi (ITA) def (14) Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 1-6, 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-2, 10-8

Mischa Zverev (GER) def (19) John Isner (USA) 6-7(4), 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(7), 9-7

Women:

Sorana Cirstea (ROU) def (10) Carla Suarez-Navarro (ESP) 7-6(1), 6-3

Alison Riske (USA) def (20) Shuai Zhang (CHN) 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-1

Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) def (27) Irini-Camelia Begu (ROU) 6-4 ,7-6(8)

Mona Barthel (GER) def (29) Monica Puig (PUR) 6-4, 6-4

Day 4: Second Round

Men:

Denis Istomin (UZB) def (2) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 7-6(8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4

Women:

Mirjana Lučič-Baroni (CRO) def (3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 6-3, 6-2

Maria Sakkari (GRE) def (28) Alize Cornet (FRA) 7-5, 4-6, 6-1

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) def (31) Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 6-3, 6-1

Day 5: Third Round

Men:

(17) Roger Federer (SUI) def (10) Tomas Berdych (CZE) 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

Daniel Evans (GBR) def (27) Bernard Tomic (AUS) 7-5, 7-6(2), 7-6(3)

Women:

(24) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) def (11) Elina Svitolina (UKR)  7-5, 4-6, 6-3

Day 6: Third Round

Men:

Denis Istomin (UZB) def (30) Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

Women:

(30) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) def (6) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-3

(22) Daria Gavrilova (AUS) def (12) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

Jennifer Brady (USA) def (14) Elena Vesnina (RUS) 7-6(4), 6-2

Other Noteworthy News

Novak Djokovic’s second round loss to Denis Istomin marks his earliest loss at a Grand Slam in almost 10 years since his second round loss to Marat Safin at Wimbledon in 2008.

Kristyna Pliskova (CZE), twin sister of current world #5 Karolina Pliskova, is gaining ground. Despite her third round loss to defending champion and world #1 Angelique Kerber, Pliskova didn’t leave Australia empty-handed. In addition to her $130,000 in prize money, renowned actor Russell Crowe voiced his admiration for Kristyna.

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Of the 20 Americans left in the men’s and women’s singles draw on Tuesday, only five remained by Friday. Venus Williams, the oldest player in the women’s draw, is the only player left in the top half of the draw, male or female.

18-year old American sensation Francis Tiafoe won his first main draw match at a Grand Slam after beating journeyman Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) in four sets. His run ended in the very next round, succumbing to fellow teen-phenom Alexander Zverev Jr. (GER) in straight sets

Before her three and a half hour win over former world number 1 Jelena Jankovic (SRB), 8th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) made 93% of her returns, missing only 7 out 97 according to WTA Insider

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World #4 Simona Halep (ROU) has now lost in the first of the Australian Open for the second consecutive year. This is also the fourth consecutive Grand Slam in which world #3 Agnieszka Radwanska has failed to reach at least the quarter-finals

Top 10 Seeds 

Men:

  1. Andy Murray (GBR)
  2. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
  3. Milos Raonic (CAN)
  4. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
  5. Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  6. Gael Monfils (FRA)
  7. Marin Cilic (CRO)
  8. Dominic Thiem  (AUT)
  9. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
  10. Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Women:

  1. Angelique Kerber (GER)
  2. Serena Williams (USA)
  3. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
  4. Simona Halep (ROU)
  5. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
  6. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
  7. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)
  8. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
  9. Johanna Konta (GBR)
  10. Carla Suarez-Navarro (ESP) 

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