Sania Crashes Out, Federer Survives Scare

Putting up a brave fight against eighth seeded Venus Williams, Sania Mirza crashed out of the Australian Open. Venus defeated her 7-6 6-4, in a match that lasted for more than one and a half hours. Thirty first seeded Sania gave a tough fight to the 2003 Australian Open Champion before going down 7-6 in the tie breaker. Sania’s 20 unforced errors in the first set and 16 in the second set made it easier for Venus to surge ahead and end the second set in style. The match showed how much Sania’s game has improved consistently with time. But the Indian has been plagued with controversies ever since her debut, be it regarding her short skirt or the questioned loyalty of her being an Indian. All these factors and lack of love and support from the country, I feel, have affected her game drastically and have prevented her from improving and thereby reaching her potential. Meanwhile Federer endured a five set thriller against gritty Serbian Janko Tipsarevic as the world No. 1 struggled to find form in the match which lasted four hours and twenty seven minutes. Federer seemed all ready for an early exit as he had a hard time tackling the Serb 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) 5-7 6-1 10-8 in an extraordinary match which set the pulse racing till the very last minute. There had been doubts on Federer’s fitness as the tennis champion. He had been suffering from serious stomach flu and had to miss on his warm up matches before the tournament started.Lleyton Hewitt also had the hopes of his Australian fans running high as he defeated Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 4-6 7-5 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-3. The Australian gave a disappointing start to the match but he soon gained momentum and furthermore, the resurfacing of Baghdatis’ right ankle injury helped him take the lead.Leander Paes of India and Agnes Szavay of Hungary defeated Renata Voracova and David Skoch of Czech Republic 2-6 6-2 10-6 to surge ahead to the second round of the Australian Open.Prakash Amritraj bowed out of the Men’s qualifier singles third round as he was beaten by German Denis Gremelmayr.Federer’s ‘surprise victory’ match was the most exciting and astonishing matches of the Australian open till now. He has survived this initial scare, but can he go on to win the title? The Grand Slam has this and a lot more in store. Don’t miss the excitement!Surbhi Bhatia