And I missed the whole damn thing due to socialising. So I shall just update you quickly with who won and where they have been placed. And I shall continue to track the qualifiers until they all lose. Let’s see if someone can make it past the second round!
Blaz Kavcic (1) d. Greg Jones, 64 64. No life-and-death three-set epic for the Aussie this time, shown the door pretty quickly by the no. 1 seed. Blaz has a very winnable match against Kevin Anderson in the first round, with their only previous meeting a tight three-setter on clay in 2009. Watch this space ->
Milos Raonic (26) d. Andrej Martin, 46 76(0) 62. Brilliant work from the young Canadian. He’s earned a first round meeting with the experienced and unpredictable Bjorn Phau, a very tough ask – but I think Milos can do it.
Donald Young (15) d. Izak Van Der Merwe, 63 61. Donald Young is a pretty experienced qualifier, but I’ve never been convinced of his talents. On the other hand, he is playing Marin Cilic, so you may well see him in the second round, given Marin’s current form.
Marco Crugnola d. Nicolas Massu, 61 63. Surprised that the Chilean was taking down so easily, but all credit to Crugnola. He’s got the sixth seed Tomas Berdych.
Jan Hernych d. Josselin Ouanna (27), 76(6) 61. A disappointing result for the Frenchman, but hopefully Denis Istomin will be avenging him in the first round. On the other hand, Hernych has won their only meeting so far (Cincinnati 2009), so maybe not.
Flavio Cipolla d. Rogerio Dutra Da Silva (29), 46 75 63. I’m not going to lie, I was looking forward to typing ‘Rogerio Dutra Da Silva’ at least a couple more times, but Flavs here is an old hand at this qualifying game. He’s also quite an old hand at first round losses, but this time has a nice draw against wildcard Benoit Paire. Will it be goodbye Mr Chips?
Stephane Robert (12) d. Bobby Reynolds, 64 61. Nice to see Reynolds really capitalising on knocking out my favourite Pole. He’ll play fourteenth seed Nicolas Almagro in the first round.
Frank Dancevic d. Alex Bogomolov Jr., 64 75. The Canadian gets perennial flake Richard Gasquet in the first round. Potential upset?
Grigor Dimitrov (3) d. Thomas Schoorel, 67(5) 63 61. An excellent win for Grigor against the talented man from the Nether regions. He’ll face Andrey Golubev in the first round. Golubev has won their only meeting so far, but that was three years ago on clay. Grisha can do it!
Sania Mirza (24) d. Stephanie Dubois, 63 62. Perhaps I’ve done a disserve to the erratic Indian, as I really wasn’t sure she’d get this far. She’s likely to be far more tested against Justine Henin in the first round – but Henin is just returning from an extended injury lay-off and is most probably rusty, so perhaps a chance for Sania if she can get that famed forehand firing quickly enough.
Jamie Hampton (14) d. Corinna Dentoni, 64 62. It pains me to say it, but the enigmatic American has a very winnable match against Great Britain’s Elena Baltacha . . .
Anne Kremer d. Anastasia Pivovarova (7), 76(3) 63. And so the only prediction I was confident of bites the dust. Well done to Luxembourg’s finest, though. I’ll confirm who she’s going to play once the Australian Open website does …
Arantxa Rus (18) d. Kurumi Nara (10), 64 61. Another player I underestimated. We’ll see what she can do against Bethanie Mattek-Sands, a strong player who’s looking confident at the moment.
Coco Vandeweghe (1) d. Sesil Karatantcheva, 64 62. Nice to see Coco living up to her no. 1 seeding and achieving the first part of her 2011 goals.
Anne Keothavong (2) d. Irina-Carmelia Begu, 63 64. Keo sails through in style and will meet fellow qualifier Arina Rodionova later tonight. I’m optimistic.
Lesya Tsurenko d. Mariya Korrytseva, 75 64. Another unexpected name; I hope to get to see the young Ukrainian soon so I can find out what she’s doing right.
Kathrin Woerle d. Madalina Gojnea, 63 64. Woerle’s sterling efforts are rewarded by a first-round meeting with Victoria Azarenka, the eighth seed. Considering that Vika beat her back in 2005 when she must have been barely more than a foetus, I don’t see a lot of hope for Woerle.
Vesna Manasieva d. Yung-Jan Chan (3), 60 62. Another dominant performance by Manasieva, who has a lucky draw against Spain’s Laura Pous-Tio. I’d expect to see Vesna in the second round.
Irina Falconi d. Zarina Diyas, 76(6) 63. A really excellent result for Falconi.
Petra Martic (19) d. Nuria Llagostera Vives (9), 62 62. I knew Petra would win this one, and we all know how I love to be right. Unfortunately I’m not sure who she’ll be playing. Fingers crossed for a nice draw.
Arina Rodionova d. Zuzana Kucova (4), 63 46 63. Rodionova completes an excellent week by knocking out the fourth seed. Unfortunately she’s up against Great Britain’s Anne Keothavong. This is a clash to watch (except you can’t).
I’ll be back tomorrow to let you know who survived the night …