Tuesday at the 2015 Brisbane International was all about Maria Sharapova as the top seed entered Pat Rafter Arena for the very first time to complete her first match of the brand new season.
Following early exits of several star players, including last year’s finalist Victoria Azarenka, the pressure was on the Russian to avoid a similar fate and Sharapova delivered in an impressive fashion.
Facing Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova, who already had four matches in Brisbane under her belt after completing the qualifying rounds, Sharapova started her 2015 season in a frantic fashion, needing a mere 63 minutes to get past Shvedova 6-0 6-1.
Sharapova will be joined in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Brisbane International by Angelique Kerber, following the German’s 6-3 7-5 win over Daria Gavrilova, as well as by Varvara Lepchenko & Elina Svitolina.
While Lepchenko decided the all-American clash with Madison Keys in her favour, the young Ukranian successfully defeated the the soon-to-be Aussi Ajla Tomljanovic. Following Sam Stosur’s early exit, the losses of Gavrilova & Tomljanovic have eliminated the last of the local favorites from the main draw.
Tuesday also saw the successful reunification of a very popular doubles team, as Sabine Lisicki & WTA legend Martina Hingis successfully completed their first doubles match in months. The popular German had stopped playing doubles with the five-time Grand Slam champion ever since dropping Hingis as her coach last summer. The Swiss tennis legend had been successfully teaming up with Flavia Pennetta since then, but the Italian is now busy with her Hopman Cup duty in Perth, and Hingis and Lisicki seem to be very happy to team up again, not only winning their match but also visibly enjoying each other’s company on court.
Wednesday at the 2015 Brisbane International will complete the second round of the tournament, as #2 seed Ana Ivanovic is scheduled to play her first match in Australia. The Serbian Grand Slam winner is the last of the players in Brisbane to start her 2015 season.