Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli and Hungarian sensation Agnes Szavay lost in the first round of the Australian Open. I didn’t expect these two members of the top 20 to leave Melbourne so early.
No.10 seed Marion Bartoli, France’s best-ranked WTA player, lost to world No.80 Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.
As for Agnes Szavay, the 2008 Australian Open was her first, but no one expected her to say goodbye so early. She started the last year ranked 185th and by the end of it she was in the top 20 with two titles and a quarterfinal appearance at the US Open. Still, the Fila-clad Hungarian, seeded 20th at the Aussie Open, lost to world No.110 Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Other seeds to fall on day 2 were No.16 Dinara Safina and No.22 Lucie Safarova.