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Good win for Kiri. She could use a bit more work on her serve. Did anyone get to see the post match interview? the camera pulled away right as they started the interview.
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She said that she is very happy about the win and then they talked about her making the AO quarters before. She hopes to play well the next rounds. Then she said it was very hot and that she started feeling that more during the second set. So she told herself to get some more free points of her serve which furtunately worked.
She was really happy and relieved about the win, I think.

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Tuesday, 17 January, 2012
By Matt Trollope


It was a high-quality match, with some intense rallies and flashes of brilliance from local hope Jarmila Gajdosova. But, the Aussie was unable to score the first round win she so desperately craved.

No.27 seed Maria Kirilenko, rock-solid from the back of the court, recorded a 6-4, 6-2 victory on Hisense Arena in one hour and 34 minutes, sealing an impressive performance with an ace.

A quarterfinalist here in 2010, Kirilenko said she was pleased to have come through a first round match played in extremely hot conditions.

“It was a very difficult match ... in the middle of the second set I was starting to feel not very well,” she admitted.

“Every year I come here I remember that year (2010), and I hope to keep playing like that.”

The tale of the match becomes instantly clear by glancing over the statistics sheet. Gajdosova struck a whopping 42 errors compared to the Russian’s 14 and landed just 43 per cent of her first serves, an unfortunate outcome given her tactics coming in were to serve big and get the first strike of the rally in.

Looking to break her first round hoodoo – Gajdosova has never won a main draw match at Melbourne Park since her first appearance in 2006 – things did not begin well.

She dished up two double faults to surrender her serve in the opening game, and sent a backhand wildly long allowing Kirilenko to move ahead 2-0. Gajdosova didn’t panic, settling into the contest with three winners in the next game to get on the board.

But the damage had already been done. Kirilenko was able to maintain her service break buffer for the rest of the set, helped by the local’s mystifying inability to find the court on several of her returns.

Gajdosova had her chances in the 10th game when Kirilenko brought up two set points and double-faulted them both away. But errors again came back to haunt her, handing Kirilenko the first set on her third opportunity after 47 minutes.

The second set was a repeat of the first – Gajdosova was immediately broken and soon fell behind 2-0.

Down 0-30 in the third game, she broke a run of nine consecutive losing points with a big serve down the 'T', and eventually hit her way out of trouble to hold for 1-2.

Gajdosova had chances to get proceedings back on serve, but failed to convert a number of break points, and another pair of errors after an epic-deuce battle allowed Kirilenko to maintain her advantage with a 3-1 lead.

From there, Gajdosova’s resistance crumbled. Increasingly despondant, the errors flowed from her racquet, and soon the Russian had built a 5-2 lead and was serving for the match.

There was a brief rally from the world No.39 when her strong returning helped her to 0-40. But as had been the case all match, errors again proved her undoing. Kirilenko rattled off five straight points to book her place in the second round.

The story was a lot different in the pair’s previous match, when Gajdosova defeated Kirilenko in three tough sets on the clay of Madrid in May 2011. But Kirilenko said a new day brought new possibilities.

“She’s playing in front of her crowd and she’s a tough player,” she said, “(and) it was tough match on clay (last time) but this is another surface.”

Kirilenko will next face Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, a straight-set winner over China’s Shuai Zhang.
Good job, Maria.
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I left at 6-4 2-1, glad to see she closed it in straight sets

She seemed to play quite well and focused (better than expected after Sydney...), but it's hard to tell as Jarka was quite awful, so much UE

Good luck against Wozniak, it's a winable match if Maria stays focused and doesn't struggle on 2nd serve.

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Re: Maria and the Koalas - AO 2012

Maria and Nadia won the doubles match, but in 3 sets.

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Maria plays the third match on court 18 tomorrow. It's televised, right?

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Maria plays the third match on court 18 tomorrow. It's televised, right?
I'm not very optimistic about this match being on TV (It's Kiri, she's boycotted), but I'm not sure

I think only Rod Laver, Hisense, Margaret Court, 2 ,3 ,6 and 8 are streamed

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She won.

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Re: Maria and the Koalas - AO 2012

Maria's match has begun.

Wozniak held for 1-0 1st set at 40-30.
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Re: Maria and the Koalas - AO 2012

Kiri got a break! up 3-2.
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Maria holds for 4-2 1st set. Break Maria.
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Kiri held to go up 4-2.
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Re: Maria and the Koalas - AO 2012

I hope she gets this done quickly, I need to go to bed. lol
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I hope she gets this done quickly, I need to go to bed. lol


Here it's morning but the match is not streamed

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