Eight years after his remarkable run to the 2006 men’s final, Marcos Baghdatis bowed out of the Australian Open with barely a whimper on Monday night.
Powerful German shows no mercy to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, losing just three games to emphatically advance to the second round.
Jerzy Janowicz came back from a two-set deficit to shake off the rust and power past gallant Aussie Jordan Thompson on Monday.
Former Wimbledon champ and sixth seed Petra Kvitova was expected to advance comfortably into the second round – but nobody told the fearless Luksika Kumkhum.
Julia Goerges overwhelmed seventh seed Sara Errani on Monday afternoon, advancing to the second round of AO2014 with a 6-3 6-2 victory.
In their third Australian Open meeting in seven years, Sam Stosur overcame a second-set blip to storm home against Klara Zakopalova.
Aussie Matt Ebden called on all of his reserves to come back to oust Nicolas Mahut in five sets on Monday.
Tomas Berdych made a comfortable start to his Australian Open 2014 campaign with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Aleksandr Nedovyesov on Monday.
Battling a game opponent and her own nerves, Ana Ivanovic has secured safe passage through to the second round at Australian Open 2014.
World No.3 David Ferrer has made light work of his first round match at AO2014, beating Colombia's Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Li Na may not have done much research about her first round AO2014 opponent, but she didn't need it as she cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Croatia's Ana Konjuh.
Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova overcame battling Briton Heather Watson 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to advance to the second round of Australian Open 2014.
World No.22 Ekaterina Makarova proved too strong for seven-time Grand Slam tournament winner Venus Williams, edging her 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to progress to the second round.
An injury-forced retirement for Andrey Golubev gifted world No.8 Stanislas Wawrinka an easy progression through to the second round of Australian Open 2014.
Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens kept her time in the scorching Melbourne heat to a minimum on Monday with a dominant first round performance against British No.1 Laura Robson.