Seventh seed Italian Sara Errani (pictured above) was upset by Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in a 6-4 6-4 first-round match in which both players had trouble maintaining control, at Australian Open 2013.
The momentum of the match kept switching as neither player had an easy time keeping hold of a lead. The players were constantly breaking each other’s serves – the world No.33 Suarez Navarro taking advantage of eight of 10 break points in the match, while Errani was successful in breaking serve on six of 10 occasions.
Unforced errors prevailed in the one hour and 29-minute encounter. Suarez Navarro posted 31 unforced errors and Errani came close with 30. It was in the winners’ count that Suarez Navarro was more successful with 28 to only 12 for Errani.
Errani held a slim 3-2 advantage in their head-to-head and had won all three of their matches played since 2008.
Suarez Navarro’s best result at the Australian Open was reaching the quarter-finals in 2009, beating Venus Williams in the second round and eventually falling to Elena Dementieva.
The 24-year-old Spaniard from Barcelona concluded 2012 with a third top-50 year-end ranking.
Errani is coming off her best career season where she advanced to her first Grand Slam final, at Roland Garros. She fell to Maria Sharapova, who picked up her French Open title.
The Italian won four singles titles and eight doubles titles, achievements which enabled her to join the elite top 10 ranking for the first time in her career, and also weigh in at No.1 in doubles for a period of five weeks.
Suarez Navarro will face the winner of the match between Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan and Christina McHale of the US in the second round.