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Croatians Go Perfect 5-0 In Aussie Open 1st Round

January 14, 2019

Marin Cilic

Marin Čilić



The Australian Open is upon us!



Last year’s finalist, Marin Čilić, has big expectations after taking 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer five sets down under in 2018. Čilić is the #6 ranked player at the tournament this year and defeated Australian Bernard Tomic in straight sets Monday night in the first round. Čilić has a favorable draw to the quarterfinals and will play American Mackenzie McDonald in the second round Wednesday.




Borna Ćorić



22 year-old Borna Ćorić has a big year ahead of him. Now with a Croatian Davis Cup championship to his name, Ćorić will begin the 2019 Australian Open ranked #11; the highest he has ever been ranked at a Grand Slam. Ćorić won his first ever Aussie Open match on Tuesday when he defeated Belgian  Steve Darcis 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. Ćorić also has a favorable draw in his section and could potentially play #7 Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals if everything goes according to plan. But his next match will be against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics on Thursday.




Ivo Karlović


At age 39, Dr. Ivo Karlović is entering the twilight of his tennis career and this could very well be his last Australian Open. On Tuesday, Karlović took Polish player Hubert Hurkacz to four straight tiebreaker sets but finally got the job done. Karlović will now play #8 Kei Nishikori in the next round which will be a tough task. Karlović has multiple serving records on the tour and is the oldest man in tennis to ever win an ATP title. He’s anything but a complete tennis player, but when his cannon serve is on point, it’s a sight to see.




Petra Martić



#31 Petra Martić opened her Aussie Open account on Monday with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Britain’s Heather Watson. Petrić will now play 19 year-old Czech Republic Marketa Vondrousova in the second round on Wednesday. In 2018, Martić made it all the way to the final 16 of the tournament.




Donna Vekić



#29 Donna Vekić also made quick work in her opening match as she defeated Kristina Mladenović 6-2, 6-4 in the opening round. The 22 year-old from Osijek will now face Australian wild card Kimberly Birrell in the second round on Wednesday. Vekić has never made it past the second round of the Aussie Open and has been slated as a future top-10 player. With a win over Birrell, Vekić would likely meet world #2 Angelique Kerber in the third round.



Ante Kvartuč
Posted By: Ante Kvartuč 5 comments

  1. Iggy Iggy says:

    Good stuff. Not really expecting much from the women tbh – Vekic hasn’t really shown too much and i thought Ana Konjuh was the one with potential but nfi whatever happened to her?

    But what i’d like to see this time is Coric have a good tourney. It’s about time he starts winning against top 10 guys regularly – he has beaten Nadal and more recently Federer so he’s kinda on the right track but yes i hope he has a big year 2019 and be good to see him make at least a QF.

    It won’t be easy to win the tourney if they cheat to favour Fed like they did last year but u never know. Just like we get cheated in football wc final we get cheated in Aus open final. Goes to show how money talks and the organisers will do all they can to favour the “big” teams or players as it’s in their commercial interest.

  2. anonymous says:

    really is a shame that the handball isn’t being covered. Theyre averaging 6 thousand croat fans per game

  3. Iggy Iggy says:

    Cilic and Petric won today but Vekic lost. Overall 7 wins and 1 loss for our guys in singles. Hopefully Coric wins tomorrow (Karlovic has a tough match against Nishikori)

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