After going out to Sofia Arvidsson in the first round in Brisbane, Sam Stosur continued her poor start of the 2013 season by making an exit in the first round in Sydney. Zheng Jie defeated the Australian star 6-3, 6-7, 6-4. Zheng, to be sure, is a tough opponent, but the reality is that Stosur goes to Melbourne with practically no warmup at all.
Among those joining Zheng in winning their first rounds were Roberta Vinci (def. Nadia Petrova), Jelena Jankovic (def. Tamira Paszek), Li Na (def. Christina McHale), and Svetlana Kuznetsova (def. Julia Goerges). Of note: Madison Keys beat Lucie Safarova 6-2, 6-1.