Top Seeds Cruise at Australian Open

By Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
Journalist
January 16, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Swiss Roger Federer returns the ball to
Federer is looking for his fifth Australian Open title after winning his opening match. (Miguel Medina/AFP)

The first Grand Slam of the year, The Australian Open, got underway in Melbourne Australia on Monday.

Roger Federer started off slow against qualifier Alexander Kudryavtsev, nearly dropping the first set before returning to his championship form. The four-time Australian Open winner cruised the final two sets winning the match 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.

Rafael Nadal disposed of American Alex Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-1, 6-1, despite his heavily wrapped knee. After the match, the Spaniard told reporters he felt the worst of the pain was behind him and he should be able to play with no problems.

On the women’s side, Kim Clijsters, the defending Australian Open Champion won her first round match against Maria Joao Koehler 7-5, 6-1. The unseeded 19-year-old, gave Clijsters fits early, but Clijsters was able to pull off the straight-sets victory.

Caroline Wozniacki, the top-seed, defeated Anastasia Rodionova in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.

Kristen Meriwether