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Sunday, 30 December 2018

Aussie bolters pull off 'shock' upsets in Brisbane


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Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell has toppled world No.10 Daria Kasatkina in a three-hour test of nerves in the first round of the Brisbane International.

The 20-year-old daughter of a Gold Coast tennis coach rallied from 3-5 down in the fifth set to win 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-3) on Monday.

"I was just telling myself to just keep fighting and keep asking the questions, because I knew she was going to ask the question every single point," Birrell said.

"I was just telling myself 'it's not over, it's not over' - and it wasn't."

Birrell 'in shock' after huge upset victory

She will be joined in the second round by Melbourne qualifier Destanee Aiaiva, who dominated proceedings against Kristina Mladenovic to win 6-3 7-6 (7-2) and complete a perfect start for the Australian contingent.

Birrell had won the Australian Open wildcard playoff final earlier this month to secure a spot at January's grand slam and maintained that form against the highly-fancied Russian on Monday.

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Dropping an early break in the third set and then losing her serve at 3-4 wasn't enough to deter the Queenslander, who unleashed a series of crushing backhands to break twice herself and serve for the match at 6-5.

Birrell was broken again, but played a fearless tie-breaker to claim the biggest scalp of her career in a battle that lasted three hours and eight minutes.

Birrell was born in Germany to Australian-born, tennis-playing parents who now run a club on the Gold Coast.

"We (Birrell and her brother) both fell in love with tennis and I'm very lucky to share a passion with my parents and we have an awesome relationship," she said.

"We dream about moments like this."

https://twitter.com/BrisbaneTennis/status/1079618468222164992?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Dimtrov takes care of business

Smooth-serving Grigor Dimitrov says he needs more time to hit his straps but concedes the same rules may not apply for the like of Rafael Nadal.

The Bulgarian progressed to the second round of the Brisbane International with a comfortable 6-3 6-4 defeat of Yoshihito Nishioka on Monday, a performance he rated highly given the rustiness of his game.

Dimitrov takes care of business

Tournament top seed and world No.2 Nadal was on court training shortly after Dimitrov's win, having touched down in Brisbane on Sunday night with question marks over his fitness still lingering.

"I wish I knew (what to expect from Nadal)," Dimitrov said after his win.

"But one thing is for sure with the top top guys, whether it's Rafa, Roger, Novak, Andy, you know, the capability of not playing for months and all of a sudden show up at a slam and produce some of their best tennis is out there."

Milos Raonic will join him in the second round after he dispatched Aljaz Bedene 6-0 6-3, while Dimitrov awaits the victor of Monday night's clash between local favourite John Millman and Tennys Sandgren.

Reigning champion overcomes scare

Czech Karolina Pliskova rallied from a set and a break down to topple Yulia Putintseva.

After dropping the first set, the fifth seed and 2017 champion looked in strife when she lost a long service game to begin the second set on Pat Rafter Arena on Monday.

But the world No.8, watched on by Australian coach Rennae Stubbs, held her nerve to break back and then cruise to a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win in two hours and 18 minutes.

https://twitter.com/wwos/status/1079580190257205249?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko had an easier time of it in her first-round clash with Mihaela Buzarnescu, prevailing 6-0 6-2.

She will play Birrell in the second round, while Aiava meets US Open champion and second see Naomi Osaka.

- wtih AAP

Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell has toppled world No.10 Daria Kasatkina in a three-hour test of nerves in the first round of the Brisbane International.

The 20-year-old daughter of a Gold Coast tennis coach rallied from 3-5 down in the fifth set to win 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-3) on Monday.

"I was just telling myself to just keep fighting and keep asking the questions, because I knew she was going to ask the question every single point," Birrell said.

"I was just telling myself 'it's not over, it's not over' - and it wasn't."

Birrell 'in shock' after huge upset victory

She will be joined in the second round by Melbourne qualifier Destanee Aiaiva, who dominated proceedings against Kristina Mladenovic to win 6-3 7-6 (7-2) and complete a perfect start for the Australian contingent.

Birrell had won the Australian Open wildcard playoff final earlier this month to secure a spot at January's grand slam and maintained that form against the highly-fancied Russian on Monday.

https://twitter.com/wwos/status/1079591214335193091?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Dropping an early break in the third set and then losing her serve at 3-4 wasn't enough to deter the Queenslander, who unleashed a series of crushing backhands to break twice herself and serve for the match at 6-5.

Birrell was broken again, but played a fearless tie-breaker to claim the biggest scalp of her career in a battle that lasted three hours and eight minutes.

Birrell was born in Germany to Australian-born, tennis-playing parents who now run a club on the Gold Coast.

"We (Birrell and her brother) both fell in love with tennis and I'm very lucky to share a passion with my parents and we have an awesome relationship," she said.

"We dream about moments like this."

https://twitter.com/BrisbaneTennis/status/1079618468222164992?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Dimtrov takes care of business

Smooth-serving Grigor Dimitrov says he needs more time to hit his straps but concedes the same rules may not apply for the like of Rafael Nadal.

The Bulgarian progressed to the second round of the Brisbane International with a comfortable 6-3 6-4 defeat of Yoshihito Nishioka on Monday, a performance he rated highly given the rustiness of his game.

Dimitrov takes care of business

Tournament top seed and world No.2 Nadal was on court training shortly after Dimitrov's win, having touched down in Brisbane on Sunday night with question marks over his fitness still lingering.

"I wish I knew (what to expect from Nadal)," Dimitrov said after his win.

"But one thing is for sure with the top top guys, whether it's Rafa, Roger, Novak, Andy, you know, the capability of not playing for months and all of a sudden show up at a slam and produce some of their best tennis is out there."

Milos Raonic will join him in the second round after he dispatched Aljaz Bedene 6-0 6-3, while Dimitrov awaits the victor of Monday night's clash between local favourite John Millman and Tennys Sandgren.

Reigning champion overcomes scare

Czech Karolina Pliskova rallied from a set and a break down to topple Yulia Putintseva.

After dropping the first set, the fifth seed and 2017 champion looked in strife when she lost a long service game to begin the second set on Pat Rafter Arena on Monday.

But the world No.8, watched on by Australian coach Rennae Stubbs, held her nerve to break back and then cruise to a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win in two hours and 18 minutes.

https://twitter.com/wwos/status/1079580190257205249?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko had an easier time of it in her first-round clash with Mihaela Buzarnescu, prevailing 6-0 6-2.

She will play Birrell in the second round, while Aiava meets US Open champion and second see Naomi Osaka.

- wtih AAP

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