MELBOURNE PARK, Australia - Novak Djokovic, Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova lost a combined total of only five games in first round romps over opponents.
World No. 1 and top seed Novak Djokovic totally dominated his opponent Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 in one hour and thirty-two minutes.
“Obviously I want to get a good start of the year in my first official match in this season,” said Djokoivc. I have decided not to play the opening week of the year in order to get ready well for Melbourne. I’m satisfied with the overall performance today.
No. 2 Petra Kvitova stormed past Vera Dushevina 6-2, 6-0 in Rod Laver Arena knocking 19 winners past her opponent in a 61 minute match.
“Well, after slow beginning it was fine. Yeah, I think that I can improve for sure my serve.
“But, you know, it looks easy, the score, but it wasn’t. The games, some was very close. And, yeah, I’m glad that I’m through.”
“It took me, you know, a couple games to get into the right rhythm. You know, it’s a bit difficult conditions. I think it was really the hottest day since I’ve arrived here, so trying to get used to that.
Sharapova, the world No. 4 needed only 58 minutes to stop Argentina’s Gisela Dulko 6-0, 6-1. The Russian won 30 more total points against Dulko 54-24.
“I had a pretty tough first‑round opponent coming into my first event of the year,” said Sharapova, “someone that’s beaten me the last time we played at a major.”
“She can definitely play some really good tennis. I think I was just mentally prepared for that. I was getting ready, I’ve been practicing here.
“Overall, you know, I think I played pretty good and aggressive, and she’s someone that likes to have time to create her shots. You know, she has great hands. It was just important to try to take that away from her.”
Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News