MELBOURNE, Australia – The following are results from the Australian Open 2017 Women’s Singles Round 1 matches that took place in Melbourne, on Monday.
No. 1 and defending champion Angelique Kerber of Germany, Spains No. 7 Garbine Muguruza Blanco and the eighth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia were among the winners.
However, No. 4 Simona Halep of Romania, 15th seed Roberta Vinci (Italy) and 19th seed Kiki Bertens from the Netherlands were among the highlighted top seeds crashing out in round 1.
Kerber began the defense of her Australian Open title with a battling 6-2 5-7 6-2 victory over Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine.
The German held the advantage for the most part but after blowing a match point in the second set, she managed to hold her nerves to advance to the second round of the tournament.
Other women’s Top 10 seeds securing victories on day 1 at Australian Open 2017 were No. 7 Blanco, who beat Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, 7-5 6-4, No. 8 Kuznetsova, who beat Mariana Duque of Colombia, 6-0 6-1 and Spain’s No. 10 seed Carla Suarez Navarro, who defeated Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova, 6-2 6-2.
Other highlighted winners in Australian Open 2017 women’s singles Round 1 matches on Monday were American veteran and 13th seed Venus Williams, who beat Kateryna Kozlova (Ukraine), 7-6(5) 7-5, as well as Ukraine’s No. 11 Elina Svitolina over Galina Voskoboeva (Kazakhstan), 6-0 6-2.
In the upsets on the women’s side in round 1 matches, No. 4 Halep was dumped out of the tournament for the second successive year in the opening round after losing to USA’s Shelby Rogers, 6-3 6-1
Also falling on the day were 15th seed Vinci, No. 19 Bertens, No. 23 Darya Kasatkina (Russia) and No. 26 Laura Siegemund of Germany.
Australian Open 2017 Women’s Singles Round 1 matches
1-Angelique Kerber (Germany) beat Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) 6-2 5-7 6-2
Shelby Rogers (U.S.) beat 4-Simona Halep (Romania) 6-3 6-1
7-Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) 7-5 6-4
8-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) beat Mariana Duque (Colombia) 6-0 6-1
10-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) 6-2 6-2
11-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Galina Voskoboeva (Kazakhstan) 6-0 6-2
13-Venus Williams (U.S.) beat Kateryna Kozlova (Ukraine) 7-6(5) 7-5
CoCo Vandeweghe (U.S.) beat 15-Roberta Vinci (Italy) 6-1 7-6(3)
Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) beat 19-Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 7-5 7-6(5)
20-Zhang Shuai (China) beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) 6-0 6-3
Peng Shuai (China) beat 23-Darya Kasatkina (Russia) 6-0 7-6(5)
24-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) beat Evgeniya Rodina (Russia) 6-1 7-6(2)
Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) beat 26-Laura Siegemund (Germany) 6-1 1-6 6-4
27-Irina Begu (Romania) beat Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) 5-7 6-3 6-4
29-Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) beat Patricia Tig (Romania) 6-0 6-1
32-Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) beat Nao Hibino (Japan) 6-4 0-0 (Hibino retired)
Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) beat Louisa Chirico (U.S.) 6-0 6-4
Julia Boserup (U.S.) beat Francesca Schiavone (Italy) 6-2 6-4
Ashleigh Barty (Australia) beat Annika Beck (Germany) 6-4 7-5
Pauline Parmentier (France) beat Misaki Doi (Japan) 7-5 7-5
Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Viktorija Golubic (Switzerland) 6-3 2-6 6-4
Sorana Cirstea (Romania) beat Irina Khromacheva (Russia) 6-2 6-1
Natalia Vikhlyantseva (Russia) beat Vania King (U.S.) 6-3 6-2
Jaimee Fourlis (Australia) beat Anna Tatishvili (U.S.) 6-4 6-3
Carina Witthoeft (Germany) beat Eri Hozumi (Japan) 7-5 7-6(6)
Kristina Kucova (Slovakia) beat Christina McHale (U.S.) 6-4 6-0
Alison Riske (U.S.) beat Madison Brengle (U.S.) 7-5 6-3
Julia Goerges (Germany) beat Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic) 3-6 6-3 6-4
Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland) beat Kurumi Nara (Japan) 2-6 6-2 6-3
Samantha Crawford (U.S.) beat Lauren Davis (U.S.) 4-6 6-3 6-0
Mona Barthel (Germany) beat Destanee Aiava (Australia) 6-3 7-6(4)
Duan Yingying (China) beat Rebecca Sramkova (Slovakia) 6-3 6-4