Fans of Petra Kvitova need no longer worry about how far she'll go in the Australian Open. Luksika Kumkhum has kindly removed that anxiety for you. The 20-year-old from Thailand, who hits double-handed on both sides, defeated the 6th seed 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in the first round. Kumkhum took over Kvitova's mastery of the crosscourt angle and flummoxed the Czech player repeatedly on both sides. Kvitova made 40 unforced errors.
Sam Stosur fans--your anxiety will continue a while. Stosur beat Klara Zakopalova, who had just beaten her last week in the Hobart semifinals.
Both Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci also went out in the opening round. Errani met up with Julia Goerges on one of those days when the forehand could do no wrong. Goerges' forehand can betray her, but when it's doing what it's supposed to do--watch out. The Frenchwoman hit 27 forehand winners and 12 backhand winners. As for Vinci, she lost to the speedy and often dangerous Zheng Jie.
The recently injured Elena Vesnina, not surprisingly, lost her match to Alison Riske. Sydney champion Tsvetana Pironkova advanced, as did top seed Serena Williams.
So the 6th, 7th and 12th seeds are already out, before the brutal weather even begins. Get ready.