Sania Mirza crashed out of Australian Open in 1st round
MELBOURNE: India''s Sania Mirza crashed out of the Australian Open Tennis after being defeated in the first round here on Tuesday.
Top seeds Roger Federer and Serena Williams lived up to their star billing Tuesday by charging into the Australian Open second round, with Venus Williams and Novak Djokovic hot on their heels.
The Swiss world number one swept home after a sluggish start to eliminate Russian Igor Andreev in four sets while Serena wasted little energy in demolishing Pole Urszula Radwanska 6-2, 6-1.
Also through was in-form Russian Nikolay Davydenko, who laid down the gauntlet by saying the Federer/Nadal dominance was over.
Tenth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga powered on but eighth ranked Swede Robin Soderling was sent packing, the highest seed to fall so far.
World number three Djokovic, the 2008 champion, was tested in the first set by Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver before taking control and racing to a 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 win.
On the women''s side, eighth seed Jelena Jankovic and fellow Serb Ana Ivanovic also made the next round.
Williams, a four-time champion in Melbourne, broke Radwanska twice in the first set and three times in the second on her way to a comfortable victory.
On a blustery but dry day, with organisers trying to clear a backlog of matches unable to finish due to rain on Monday, sister Venus also made short work of her oppenent, crushing Czech Lucie Safarova 6-2, 6-2.
Jankovic also progressed with an easy 6-4, 6-0 win over Romania''s Monica Niculescu, while fellow Serb and 20th seed Ana Ivanovic was another motoring through.
Other women staying alive included Australian 13th seed Samantha Stosur, who struggled past Chinese qualifier Han Xinyun in three sets, French 11th seed Marion Bartoli and 26th seed Aravane Rezai, who beat India''s Sania Mirza.