The year’s first Slam has reached the second week and it is the perfect time to have a look back at the 2015 Australian Open so far. While the major title contenders such as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray still remain in contention, the tournament saw Roger Federer getting upset in the third round. Amongst the women, while it was heartening to see both the Williams sisters in the second week, the resurgent Ana Ivanovic, had a premature exit in the first round.
Amongst the Indian stars, Yuki Bhambri delighted Indian tennis fans by qualifying for the main draw of the Australian Open singles for the first time. However, Men’s doubles and Women’s doubles competitions saw the top Indian players make an early exit. But Leander Paes and Sania Mirza are still in the hunt for the mixed doubles crown with their respective partners.
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Recap of the first week
Day 1 – Yuki Bhambri bowed out after losing to sixth seed and former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray in the first round. Check our report here.
Day 2 – As the exodus of seeds continued, former top-ranked players Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka set up a second round showdown. Check our report here.
Day 3 – While the Indian stars had an easy ride, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova both survived scares to reach Round 3. Check our report here.
Day 4 – India had mixed fortunes as Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor won their opener but Mahesh Bhupathi and his partner succumbed in the first round of men’s doubles. In singles, all the biggest title contenders safely made it through to the third round. Check our report here.
Day 5 – Tennis fans were left stunned after World No. 46 Andreas Seppi sent Roger Federer packing out of the Australian Open. It was not a day to remember for the Indian tennis stars as well. It was the end of the road for the Men’s doubles campaigns of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopannna. Sania Mirza, meanwhile, had mixed fortunes as she won her mixed doubles opener but lost in the Women’s doubles second round. Check our report here.
Day 6 – Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova’s quest for the year’s first Grand Slam came to an end. Amongst the top Indian stars, Mahesh Bhupathi’s campaign ended at Melbourne Park. Meanwhile, Indian juniors made up for some of the disappointment as Sumit Nagal and Pranjala Yadlapalli won their first round matches. Check our report here.
Day 7 – In singles, all the favorites in the men’s and women’s draw advanced to the quarter-finals. In the mixed doubles, Leander Paes and Martina Hingis made a winning start to their campaign. Check our report here.
Top Indian performances – A trip down memory lane
In addition you can also check out our article on ‘5 Great Indian Performances At The Australian Open.’