Thursday, January 17, 2013

Australian Open Day 4: Brands

Curtain Call

Player: Daniel Brands
Age: 25
Nation: Germany
Current Ranking: 120
Notable Conquest: Martin Klizan (24th seed, Slovakia)
Today's Result: loss to Bernard Tomic (Australia) in four sets
Photo via TennisDesire

Brands went through qualifying, then reached the second round of the main draw, the best showing of his career at the Australian.

Catching Up with Old Friends

Camila Giorgi (Curtain Call, Wimbledon Day 7) - Even with her first round loss to Stephanie Foretz Gacon (France), Giorgi's career trajectory is clearly on the way up.  She currently stands at her career-high world ranking at #74.  This was her first Aussie main draw.  She's unranked in doubles at the moment, though that will change, too, as she teamed with Stefanie Voegele (France) for this event.  They served as cannon fodder for the Williams sisters (12th, USA, four-time doubles champs in Melbourne) in round one.

Golden Squid Report

Marina Erakovic (Golden Squid since 1/17/2012) - Erakovic, New Zealand's #1 by a wide margin, put up a good fight in the first round, but ultimately fell to Alize Cornet (France) in three sets.  In doubles, she paired with Heather Watson (UK).  The team lost to Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Germany)/Kveta Peschke (Czech Republic) (9th) in the first round.

Tobias Kamke (Golden Squid since 1/17/2011) - Kamke made the second round in singles, matching his career best at the event.  Once there, he lost to Stanislas Wawrinka (15th, Switzerland) in straight sets.  In September, he won the Challenger tournament in P├ętange, Luxembourg, defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) in the final.

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