One of the biggest favorites for the Australian Open crown, fourth seed Elena Dementieva, didn’t advance into the second round of the tournament unchallenged. The Russian’s first-round opponent was world No.88 Kristina Barrois of Germany.
Barrois was leading 5-2 in the first set and even had a set point. Dementieva came back, winning four consecutive games for a 6-5 lead and her own serve followed. She was broken in the 12th game, but eventually won the set in a tiebreak.
In the second set Dementieva was trailing 5-2 again, but this time she surrendered and Barrois won the set. Still, the world No.4 cruised through the deciding set and won the first career meeting with Barrois 7-6(4) 2-6 6-1.
Other notable results so far on the second day of the Australian Open: No.9 seed Agnieszka Radwanska was upset by Kateryna Bondarenko 7-6(7) 4-6 6-1. Seed No.13 Victoria Azarenka advanced to the second round with a 6-2 6-1 win over Petra Kvitova, while No.28 seed Francesca Schiavone lost to Shuai Peng 7-6(4) 6-1.