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19th January - 1st February 2015
Melbourne Park, Australia
Last updated: 15/01/2013
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Andy Murray began his Australian Open campaign with a straight sets win over Robin Haase in Melbourne Park.
The British world No.3 overcame the Dutchman 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in just over one and a half hours.
“It was a good start,” said Murray after the match. “It was very different conditions to what it's been the last four, five days. So the court was playing much different. Bouncing a lot higher. It's much livelier. I thought I did a pretty good job from the start of dictating the points and not giving him too many freebies.”
Murray, the 2012 US Open champion, plays Joao Sousa of Portugal in the second round.
Laura Robson opened her 2012 Australian Open with an impressive 6-2, 6-3 win over American Melanie Oudin.
Oudin, the 2012 Aegon Classic champion, struggled against the British No.2, who kept the rallies short with some hard hitting groundstrokes.
Robson, goes on to face former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.
The left hander, who turns 19 later this month, was twice a junior finalist in Melbourne and last year came through qualifying before missing out to former World No.1 Jelena Jankovic in round one.
Jamie Baker missed out on progressing further in Melbourne Park after a 7-6(5), 7-5, 6-2 defeat at the hands of Czech Lukas Rosol.
Baker who came through three round of qualifying, had the opportunity to serve for the first two sets but could not close them out.
Five-time champion Serena Williams suffered a major injury scare as she rolled her right ankle before completing a 6-0, 6-0 first round win. Reigning champion Victoria Azarenka and seeds Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki also came through some tough moments to reach round two.
Second seed Roger Federer eased through his first round match losing just seven games to Benoit Paire. There were also straightforward wins for both Juan Martin Del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The biggest seed so far to fall in either draw is No.7 Sara Errani who was knocked out 6-4, 6-4 by Carla Suarez Navarro. Seeds Alexandr Dolgopolov (18), Tommy Haas (19) and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (24) were also sent packing in round one.
16 year-old UK based Croat Donna Vekic won her first Grand Slam match with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Andrea Hlavackova while at the other end of the age spectrum 42 year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm became the oldest player ever to win a match in Melbourne as she dispatched 12th seed Nadia Petrova 6-2, 6-0.
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