April 9, 2024

Open Court

MORE TENNIS THAN YOU'LL EVER NEED

MELBOURNE, Australia – The doubles began on Tuesday, with some matches.

A few more first-rounders on Wednesday – with a lot of seeded teams on the men’s side although delayed some because of the early day rain.

Gabriela Dabrowski and Erin Routliffe, the Cana-Kiwi US Open champions, were to start their quest to win a second major title. But ended up being postponed.

They were to play Nadia Podoroska and Mayar Sherif. But Sherif clearly arrived not ready physically, and retired in her first-round singles match.

On Thursday, they will play a potentially trickier, hard-hitting pair of alternates in Linda Fruhvirtova and Ashlyn Krueger instead.

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Australian Open
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Category: Grand Slam
Surface: Outdoor Hard
Dates: Jan. 14 – 28, 2024
Prize money: $86.5 million AUD
Draws: S128 / D64

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024
Final results

Women’s doubles, first round

Upsets

Sara Errani / Jasmine Paolini (ITA) def [15] Ingrid Martins (BRA) / Monica Niculescu (ROU) 63 61

Seeds advancing

[11] Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) / Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) def [ALT] Emina Bektas / Kayla Day (USA) 64 76 (3)

Wild cards rule

[WC] Daria Saville / Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) def Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) / Maia Lumsden (GBR) 64 63
[WC] Destanee Aiava / Maddison Inglis (AUS) def Elisabetta Cocciaretto / Martina Trevisan (ITA) 16 61 62
[WC] Kimberly Birrell / Olivia Gadecki (AUS)
def Varvara Gracheva (FRA) / Sabrina Santamaria (USA) 60 63
[WC] Wang Yafan / Yuan Yue (CHN) def Lucia Bronzetti (ITA) / Heather Watson (GBR) 63 63

Other results

Emma Navarro (USA) / Diana Shnaider (RUS) def Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) / Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 75 60
Linda Noskova (CZE) / Wang Wiyu (CHN) def. [WC] Talia Gibson / Priscilla Hon (AUS) 36 63 64
Anna Blinkova (RUS) / Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)
def Mirra Andreeva (RUS) / Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) 64 60

Postponed

[4] Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) / Erin Routliffe (NZL) vs. [ALT] Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE) / Ashlyn Krueger (USA) 
[9] Demi Schuurs (NED) / Luisa Stefani (BRA) vs. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) / Donna Vekic (CRO)
[12] Marie Bouzkova (CZE) / Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) vs. Cristina Bucsa (ESP) / Alexandra Panova (RUS)

Men’s doubles, first round

Seeded teams advancing

[1] Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Austin Krajicek (GBR) def Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) / Roman Safiullin (RUS) 36 61 62
[3] Rajeev Ram (USA) / Joe Salisbury (GBR)
def. Marcelo Melo (BRA) / Matwe Middelkoop (NED) 76 (4) 75
[4] Marcel Granollers (ESP) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) def Evan King / Reese Stalder (USA) 63 76 (3)
[5] Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) / Neil Skupski (GBR) def Mackenzie McDonald (USA) / Botic Van de Zandschulp (NED)76 (6) 61
[7] Hugo Nys (MON) / Jan Zielinski (POL) def [WC] James McCabe / Dane Sweeny (AUS) 67 (5) 75 62
[8] Kevin Krawietz / Tim Puetz (GER) def. Marcos Giron (USA) / Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) 62 60
[11] Lloyd Glasspool (GBR) / Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) def. Tallon Griekspoor / Bart Stevens (NED) 76 (2) 62
[12] Nathaniel Lammons / Jackson Withrow (USA) def Jiri Lehecka / Petr Nouza (CZE) 36 75 64

Harri Heliovaara (FIN) / John Peers (AUS) vs. [WC] Alex Bolt / Luke Saville (AUS)
 Francisco Cabral (POR) / Henry Patten (GBR) vs. [WC] Tristan Schoolkate / Adam Walton (AUS)
[14] Wesley Koolhof (NED) / Nikola Mektic (CRO) vs. Sadio Doumbia / Fabien Reboul (FRA)
Ben McLachlan / Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) vs. Nikola Cacic (SRB) / Denys Molchanov (UKR)

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