Poland’s Lukasz Kubot caused the big surprise of the day on Tuesday in Brisbane leaving out of the race to Kevin Anderson (5) and filtering through the classified to the second stage as the Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, American Steve Johnson, Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen, Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin, Slovak Martin Klizan and Australian Sam Groth who eliminated defending champion Lleyton Hewitt.
In the women’s top ranked quarterfinals are Germany’s Angelique Kerber (3), the Ukrainian Elena Svitolina, American Varvara Lepchenko and former world number one Russian Maria Sharapova – top seed – which lost only one game against Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova.
In Brisbane the first round matches were completed in the men’s. Roger Federer already known rival, will be the local John Millman he received an invitation from his hometown tournament and took to beat the American Rhyne Williams 6-3 6-1 in 64 minutes.
Another American in that sector, Denis Kudla , fell to the Finn Jarkko Nieminen 4-6 6-1 6-4. Other classifieds to eighth in the upper area of the table are the Slovakian Martin Klizan and Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov (7). The first won in three sets veteran Austrian Jurgen Melzer 6-7 (5) 7-6 (6) 6-1 and the second end to ease the journey of Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-2 6-3.
In the lower part the Polish Lukasz Kubot surprised fifth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson 7-6 (3) 6-4 and advanced to the second round. Meanwhile the Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin got out in three sets 6-4 4-6 6-4 to Romanian Marius Copil . It will rival the Canadian Milos Raonic. Finally the American Steve Johnson measured forces with the second-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori after defeating the Australian Marinko Matosevic 2-6 7-6 (0) 7-5. The last match of the day was won by Sam Groth former world number one Lleyton Hewitt 6-3 comfortably 6-2. This Hewitt will not defend point’s champion.
Among women Angelique Kerber confirmed as one of the strong candidates to stay with chances for the title. The Teutonic beat young and small Russian Daria Gavrilova – which however gave fight – 6-3 7-5 in almost half an hour litigation. In the quarterfinals shall be measured with another young, upward Elena Svitolina 20 year old rookie also outperformed the Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3 6-2.
The American duel between Varvara Lepchenko and Madison Keys won the first 6-4 6-4 closed the day the resounding victory of the Russian Maria Sharapova against Yaroslava Shvedova 6-0 6-1 in 62 minutes.