Australian Open 2022 Results: Tuesday's Singles Bracket Winners, Scores, StatsJanuary 18, 2022
Australian Open 2022 Results: Tuesday's Singles Bracket Winners, Scores, Stats
Emma Raducanu's first Grand Slam match since her U.S. Open triumph featured some hiccups, but the 19-year-old finished off Sloane Stephens in three sets Tuesday.
Raducanu looked strong in the two sets she won in her Australian Open first-round match. Stephens, a former U.S. Open champion herself, only won seven games against the No. 17 seed, and six of them came in the second set.
The Brit has one of the toughest draws ahead of her just to reach the second week at the Australian Open. Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza reside in her section of the draw. Both of those players turned in straight-sets victories during Tuesday's play in Melbourne.
There were a few more upsets Tuesday than on the opening day of action. Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova fell on the women's side, while John Isner became the third seeded American player to lose in the first round.
Andy Murray was the most notable name to produce an upset Tuesday, as he defeated No. 21 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili. That victory, combined with the sudden withdrawal of No. 8 seed Casper Ruud, opened up Murray's part of the bracket and could see the three-time Grand Slam champion make a run to the fourth round.
Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev opened their title quests with straight-sets wins to join all of the other top men's title contenders in the second round.
Women's Singles Results
No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka def. Storm Sanders, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Garbine Muguruza def. Clara Burel, 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 Anett Kontaveit def. Katerina Siniakova, 6-2, 6-3
No. 7 Iga Swiatek def. Harriet Dart, 6-3, 6-0
No. 10 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Anna Bondar, 6-2, 6-1
No. 12 Elena Rybakina def. Zarina Diyas, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3), 6-1
No. 14 Simona Halep def. Magdalena Frech, 6-4, 6-3
Kaia Kanepi def. No. 16 Angelique Kerber, 6-4, 6-3
No. 17 Emma Raducanu def. Sloane Stephens, 6-0, 2-6, 6-1
No. 19 Elise Mertens def. Vera Zvonareva, 6-4, 7-5
Sorana Cirstea def. No. 20 Petra Kvitova, 6-2, 6-2
Maddison Inglis def. No. 23 Leylah Fernandez, 6-4, 6-2
No. 25 Daria Kasatkina def. Stefanie Vogele, 6-3, 6-1
No. 27 Danielle Collins def. Caroline Dolehide, 6-1, 6-3
No. 29 Tamara Zidansek def. Arantxa Rus, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8)
No. 31 Marketa Vondrousova def. Priscilla Hon, 6-2, 6-3
Emma Raducanu made a statement with the way she started her clash with Sloane Stephens.
The 19-year-old British player shut out the experienced American in the first set. Stephens rallied to take the second set, but Raducanu returned to her dominant form to close out the match with a 6-1 third-set victory.
Raducanu needed to gain some confidence from her first-round match since a tough road is ahead. Simona Halep could face the reigning U.S. Open champion in the third round, and Garbine Muguruza may await in the fourth round.
The Brit must be cleaner on court to deal with some of the veterans of the women's singles game. She had six double faults and 30 unforced errors in the first round. Stephens had 42 unforced errors.
Halep and Muguruza produced two of the easier straight-sets victories among seeded women's players Tuesday. In total, nine seeded women earned straight-sets victories to move into the second round. Aryna Sabalenka was the most notable seeded player pushed to three sets.
The No. 2 seed dropped the first set to Australian Storm Sanders before she fought back to win the next two sets. Sabalenka's section of the draw opened up through the losses suffered by Angelique Kerber and 2021 U.S. Open finalist Leylah Fernandez.
Sabalenka should win her next three matches with relative ease. She could face one seeded player in those contests. The losses suffered by Kerber, Fernandez and Petra Kvitova on Tuesday brought the total of eliminated women's seeds to five.
The second round begins Wednesday, with Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka among those in action.
Men's Singles Results
No. 2 Daniil Medvedev def. Henri Laaksonen, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (3)
No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas def. Mikael Ymer, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 Andrey Rublev def. Gianluca Mager, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
No. 9 Felix Auger Aliassime def. Emil Ruusuvuori, 6-4, 0-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 11 Jannik Sinner def. Joao Sousa, 6-4, 7-5, 6-1
No. 13 Diego Schwartzman def. Filip Krajinovic, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
No. 15 Roberto Batista Agut def. Stefano Travaglia, 7-6 (2), 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
No. 20 Taylor Fritz def. Maximilian Marterer, 7-6 (8), 6-3, 6-2
Andy Murray def. No. 21 Nikoloz Basilashvili, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4
Maxime Cressy def. No. 22 John Isner, 7-6 (2), 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-4
No. 24 Dan Evans def. David Goffin, 6-4, 6-3, 6-0
No. 26 Grigor Dimitrov def. Jiri Lehecka, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
No. 27 Marin Cilic def. Emilio Gomez, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
Richard Gasquet def. No. 29 Ugo Humbert, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-3
No. 32 Alex de Minaur def. Lorenzo Musetti, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-3
Tuesday's most shocking developments in the men's singles draw came from the section that includes Andy Murray.
The three-time Grand Slam champion, who is entered as a wild card, upset No. 21 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in a five-set thriller.
Murray earned the slightest of edges in the fifth set to claim the victory inside John Cain Arena. The Brit held the edge in points won at 164-138. Basilashvili committed 99 unforced errors over five sets.
The withdrawal of No. 8 seed Casper Ruud because of an ankle injury opened up the possibility that Murray could reach the second week of the season's first major.
Jannik Sinner and Alex de Minaur are the only seeded players left in that section. Murray would face a tough third-round battle with the 11th-seeded Sinner, who is one of the top young players on the men's circuit. Murray would have the crowd behind him in that match, which could work wonders for his confidence if he plays well in the second round.
Ruud's departure made life easier for Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is the lone single-digit seed left in the top portion of the bottom half of the bracket.
Tsitsipas will not run into Andrey Rublev or Daniil Medvedev until the semifinals. That significantly bolsters his title-winning stock. The fourth-seeded Greek reached the semifinal stage in Melbourne in two of the past three years. He closed out the men's first-round program with a straight-sets victory over Mikael Ymer.
Medvedev and Rublev also opened their accounts in Melbourne with three-set triumphs.