| Bethanie Mattek-Sands, in Sydney, on Tuesday. (AP) |
Sydney: The presence of his father, who has been banned, watching from courtside boosted Bernard Tomic’s game as he opened the defence of his Sydney International title with a 6-3, 6-0 demolition of eighth seed Marcel Granollers on Tuesday.
“Having my dad there is a very good feeling,” Tomic said. “I know his ban will finish very soon, in a few months, and he’ll be back to helping me. I’m happy. I played very good… Felt very good. I’m happy to be back playing like this.”
A taxi driver in the past, John Tomic has not watched his son play since he was banned last May from all ATP events, which includes next week’s Australian Open, after he was charged with head-butting his son’s former training partner Frenchman Thomas Drouet and breaking his nose.
In women’s section, top seed Agnieszka Radwanska and former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki lost in the second round, on Tuesday. While Radwanska’s title defence lasted just 92 minutes when she was dumped out 5-7, 2-6 by American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Wozniacki was beaten 4-6, 6-7 (7-9) by Czech Lucie Safarova.
World No. 5 Radwanska, who had won the Sydney title last year as part of a 13-match unbeaten streak that ended in the Australian Open quarter finals, said she was not very concerned with her early loss.
Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will play Safarova in the quarter finals after the second seed smashed American qualifier Christina McHale 6-1 6-0 in a little over an hour.
Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi recorded their first win after rejoining forces as they overcame Jean-Julien Roger and Horia Tecau in the first round. The third-seeded Indo-Pak pair recorded a hard-fought 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 10-3 win over the unseeded Dutch-Romanian team in an hour and 41 minutes.
They next face Treat Huey from Philippines and Briton Dominic Inglot.