Australian Open 2013: Day 1 in Pics
The opening day of the 2013 edition of the Australian Open saw the top seeds make their mark as the Grand Slam season began.
The opening day of the 2013 edition of the Australian Open saw the top seeds make their mark as the Grand Slam season began. (AP & AFP Photos)
Novak Djokovic started his title defense in grand style packing off Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 to cruise into the second round.
Maria Sharapova did not allow her opponent even the slightest breathing space beating Olga Puchkova 6-0, 6-0.
Galina Voskoboeva could not match up to the speed of Venus Williams with the latter winning the match 6-1, 6-0.
Somdev Devvarman proved a point after having been left out of the Davis Cup team as he overcame Bjorn Phau in four sets to take the match 7-8, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
Agnieszka Radwanska had a tough fight in the first set against Bojana Bobusic but rallied back to win it and take the second set with relative ease winnning 7-5, 6-0.
Tomas Berdych had a fight on his hands in his second set with Michael Russell. However he finished the game in three sets taking the honours 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.
Li Na's dreams to win the Australian Open started on the right note with her beating Sesil Karatantcheva 6-1, 6-3.
Samantha Stosur dispatched Kai-Chen Chang in straight sets to take the match 7-6, 6-3.
Angelique Kerber made short work of Elina Svitolina beat her 6-2, 6-4 and book her place in the second round.
Janko Tipsarevic was tested by Lleyton Hewitt in all the three sets but after winning the first set via a tie-breaker there was no stopping him as he took the match 7-6, 7-5 6-3.