Rafael Nadal has become the major casualty from the men’s singles at the Australian Open on day two. On the other hand, Venus Williams and second seed Simona Halep were knocked out from the women’s singles category at the grandslam. Andy Murray registered a victory in the first round.
Nadal knocked out, Murray advances
Rafael Nadal’s form has been going down. At the Australian Open, he was knocked out by fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco in the first round in a thrilling battle lasting over four and a half hours. Nadal lost the first set in a closely fought battle at 7-6 (8-6) and he made a quick recovery after that winning the next two sets 6-4, 6-3 to take advantage. But Verdasco had other plans for the fifth seed as he took the fourth set 7-6 (6-4) and forced a deciding fifth set to be played. Verdasco’s wins in both the sets came after a very hard fight and he pulled the first big upset of the tournament by beating Nadal in the final set in a convincing fashion at 6-2.
Second seed Andy Murray had a comfortable first round outing against Alexander Zverev winning in straight sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-3.
Williams, Halep exit Australian Open
In perhaps the biggest upset in the women’s singles second seed Simona Halep has been shown the exit door by Shuai Zhang of China. The Chinese is ranked at 133rd and this win takes her to the second round of a grandslam tournament, which is now her best performance in women’s singles at any grandslam. The win over Halep will provide her a major boost for her second round match at the tournament. Zhang beat Halep with a score of 6-4, 6-3.
Britain’s Johanna Konta registered another big upset in the women’s singles by defeating Venus Williams in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.