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Day of fallen seeds for women in Australian Open

The 2015 Australian Open kicked off on Monday and an entertaining day of enthralling tennis saw four seeded women get ousted in the first round itself. With regular top class players in both men's and women's draw advancing to the next round, the taste of success for these seeded players ended on a bitter note.

Day of fallen seeds for women in Australian Open

New Delhi: The 2015 Australian Open kicked off on Monday and an entertaining day of enthralling tennis saw four seeded women get ousted in the first round itself. With regular top class players in both men's and women's draw advancing to the next round, the taste of success for these seeded players ended on a bitter note.

The highlight of falls were pretty engrossing as rookie players saw their fortunes shine to grab headlines in the year's first Grand Slam.

It was indeed a day of some big misses for the fallen seeds as it showed that big players' tumble in the early round of Grand Slams in recent years took some further depth.

All four seeded players lost in three-set games.

WTA 42nd ranked Irina-Camelia Begu downed ninth seed Angelique Kerber in a three-set battle. Kerber lost 4-6, 6-0, 1-6 to see her name in the high profile player exit.

There was also Russia's 23rd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova who lost to world number 72 Yanina Wickmayer in a three-set tussle. Pavlyuchenkova who won the first set, lost her way in the middle after going down 6-4, 3-6, 3-6.

Germany's 28th seed Sabine Lisicki who was expected to show her prowess in going far in the Australian Open this time, was another player that got ousted.

The 25-year-old player faced the jinx against world number 67 Kristina Mladenovic from France. The 21-year-old Mladenovic got the better of Lisicki winning the tie 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

The major shocker of the day came when fifth seed Ana Ivanovic from Serbia lost to world number 142, Lucie Hradecka. Ivanovic who was bidding to win her second career Grand Slam after her 2008 French Open title victory lost her way out after winning the first set.

Ivanovic lost the match 6-1, 3-6, 2-6 to hand qualifier Hradecka a lot of joy.

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