Thursday, January 19, 2012

Australian Open Day 4: Alabama Gal

Curtain Call

Player: Jamie Hampton
Age: 22
Nation: USA
Current Ranking: 144
Today's Result: loss to Maria Sharapova (4th seed, Russia) in straight sets

Photo via Dow Corning Tennis Classic

The Australian has been a great Slam for Hampton. I featured her here last year, too, on Day 1. Even though she was served an egg and bacon by Sharapova today (losing 6-0, 6-1), this is her first time reaching the second round of a Slam. The Alabama native is actually higher ranked in doubles at #90 but is not participating in doubles in Melbourne.

Catching Up with Old Friends

Sloane Stephens (Curtain Call, US Open Day 6) - Stephens is not yet 19 and the future looks bright. She went down in straight sets to Svetlana Kuznetsova (18th, Russia) but made the two-time Slam champion earn it: 7-6, 7-5. Stephens also entered the women's doubles draw, partnering with Ksenia Pervak (Kazakhstan). The pair lost in the first round to Rika Fujiwara/Ayumi Morita (Japan).

Golden Squid Report

Rebecca Marino (Golden Squid since 6/24/2011) - Marino lost in the first round to Greta Arn (Hungary), another Golden Squid, in straight sets. Not only is she currently the highest ranked Canadian woman on tour. She is, in fact, the third ranked North American, behind only Serena Williams and Christina McHale, both of the United States. She teamed with Irina Falconi in doubles. They lost in the first round to the 4th seeded team of Gisela Dulko (Argentina)/Flavia Pennetta (Italy).

Tobias Kamke (Golden Squid since 1/17/2011) - Kamke deserves great praise for the match he turned in against Alexandr Dolgopolov (13th, Ukraine), pushing him to 8-6 in the fifth set. By reaching the second round, he attained his career-best in Melbourne. He played doubles with Frederik Nielsen (Denmark). The pair lost in the first round to the Spanish team of Pablo Andujar/Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

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