The Australian Open favourites take to the court on day two inMelbournewith Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova opening their campaigns on the Rod Laver Arena.
Kvitova is first on court Vera Dushevina in a match that should provide little challenge for the reigningWimbledonchampion. Djokovic follows her on court with the Serbian playing Paolo Lorenzo. The Italian has never won a match at the Grand Slam level and with Djokovic as confident as ever there is little chance of an upset.
The biggest cheer of the day will be reserved for US Open champion Samantha Stosur who opens her home championships against Sorana Cirsea. This match will give the first indication as to whether the pressure of expectation from her compatriots will be an added incentive to Stosur or whether they will overwhelm her.
One of the most anticipated matches of the day will be Maria Kirilenko against Jarrmila Gajdosova. The Russian has been in great form in recent months and she has proved to be a much more aggressive player than in any point in the past. The Russian has attacked the net much more regularly of late and this has seen her become one of the most attacking players in the world. It will be interesting to see if she can continue using this tactic throughout the championships.
The fourth seed, Maria Sharapova, will face a challenging opening match against Gisela Dulko in the second match on Hisense. A year ago the Russian was returning to Grand Slam action after a series of injuries and while she has to be respected by her opponents until she can prove that she has a reliable serve the challenge is immense for her to win another Grand Slam. Sharapova will be eager to show her rivals that she has the serve to compliment what is still one of the most fearsome ground-strokes in the game.
Andy Murray will also get his campaign underway, againstAmerica’s Ryan Harrison. The Scotsman has hired Ivan Lendl as his coach and this will be first chance to see if the new partnership can giveMurraythe added confidence to finally win a Grand Slam title. While 19 year oldHarrisonis seen as the future of American tennis his compatriot Andy Roddick career is now in decline. The one-time Grand Slam winner will play Robin Haase in the final match on Hisense.
The evening session will see Lleyton Hewitt and Serena Williams in action against Cedrik-Marcel Stebe and Tamira Paszek respectively on Rod Laver. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the sixth seed, will play Denis Istomin on the Margaret Court Arena.