Aussie Open Notes: Women Marathons, Roddick and Clijsters Undefeated
by Staff | January 18th, 2010, 9:19 am

Only 25 of 64 matches were completed due to the Day One rains in Melbourne…

It didn’t help that several women’s matches went long. It took 3-hours, 22-minutes for Maria Kirilenko to beat Maria Sharapova. Yanina Wickmayer needed 3-hours, 20-minutes to finally put away Alexandra Dulgheru. And the match between Barbara Zahlovova Strycova and Regina Kulikova was suspended at 4-3 in the third at the 4-hour, 15-minute mark…

Serena Williams is a perfect 40-0 in Slam first-round matches…

Ivo Karlovic served 34 aces in his win over Radek Stepanek. Karlovic hit a record 78 in his loss to the Czech back in September…

Juan Martin Del Potro and Kim Clijsters are both on eight-match Slam win streaks…

Roger Federer has never lost first round at the Australian Open…

Sam Querrey is the No. 3-ranked American now…

Why are Andy Roddick and Terrell Owens friends? Anyone?…

Justin Henin played her first Slam match since the 2008 Australian Open…

Rafael Nadal has not won a title since May…

Roger Federer has reached seven straight Slam finals and 22 straight Slam semifinals…

Olivier Rochus turned 29 on Monday, but lost to Fernando Gonzalez…

Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters are undefeated in 2010 (6-0)…

Melbourne temperatures are expected to rise on Tuesday, with very little rain chance…
WHEN I SAY IT, IT BECOMES REAL — Serena Williams — “ know what, I never want to make excuses.” — Since what lifetime? We guess ‘I didn’t play my best, when I play my best no one can beat me’ said 1,000+ times doesn’t count. And from Serena “No Excuses” Williams later in the same conference on if the injury against Elena Dementieva in the Sydney final was felt during the match: “Yeah, just a little bit. Really from the beginning. But, again, I could have still won had I played better, had I made more shots.”

Serena Williams pre-Aussie Open media conference:
JOURNALIST: Last time we saw you in a Grand Slam, there was that little incident in New York. How is your anger management coming along?
SERENA: Was it anger management, do you think? How is your writing coming along?
JOURNALIST: Just fine, thank you.
SERENA: Great. Ditto, kiddo.

YOU PUNCH ME I’LL PUNCH YOU BACK — Andy Murray says he likes being a counter-punching player, thank you: “No, I like it. I like being a counter-puncher. I never said that. Just everyone tells me I shouldn’t play like that so (smiling). I always played that way since I was growing up. It’s a little bit different than a way a lot of the other guys at the top of the game play. You know, it’s given me a lot of success. But there’s obviously things I still need to work on, practice, keep adding to my game.”

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2 Comments for Aussie Open Notes: Women Marathons, Roddick and Clijsters Undefeated

Andrew Miller Says:

Day one convinced me of nothing, other than Justin Henin’s backhand is still as beautiful as Maria Kirilenko. This tournament remains wide open.

Rick Says:

It is very likely that Roddick would gets beaten by Cilic!

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