Local hope crashes out of Aus Open in 'all time meltdown'

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Pictured here, Jordan Thompson during his disappointing first round exit at the Australian Open.
Jordan Thompson squandered a two-sets-to-one lead in a disappointing first round exit at the Australian Open. Pic: Getty

Local hope Jordan Thompson's Australian Open campaign has come to a disappointing end after the 27-year-old was bundled out in the first round on Tuesday.

The Aussie failed to capitalise after going two-sets-to-one up against Steve Johnson as the American brushed aside an injury concern to claim a 7-6 6-7 4-6 6-3 6-3 win at Melbourne Park.

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Thompson grabbed what looked to be a crucial break in the fourth game of the deciding set.

However, the Aussie threw his advantage away moments later with a number of unforced errors allowing Johnson to break straight back.

The writing was on the wall for the local hope when his American opponent held serve, before claiming another game off the Aussie's racquet to go 4-3 up.

With the momentum firmly in his corner, Johnson held serve before setting up three break point chances as Thompson served to stay in the tournament.

The American only ended up needing one as a double fault consigned Thompson to a heartbreaking defeat.

Inglis, Stosur through on mixed day for Aussies

Thompson's defeat came after compatriots Maddison Inglis and Sam Stosur gave local fans plenty to cheer about on a mixed day for the Aussies.

Inglis continued the successful run by the local wildcards, sending 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez packing in a major first-round upset

Inglis, a 24-year-old from Perth, needed just 82 minutes on Tuesday to wrap up the 6-4 6-2 victory over No.23 seed Fernandez, who made it all the way to the unlikeliest of title deciders at Flushing Meadows last year against Britain's Emma Raducanu.

Seen here, Australia's Maddison Inglis reacts after beating Canada's Leylah Fernandez at the Australian Open.
Australia's Maddison Inglis was overcome with emotion after beating Canada's Leylah Fernandez in one of the biggest wins of her career. Pic: Getty

Meanwhile, 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur - playing singles for the 20th and final time at the Open - hung tough to beat American wildcard Robin Anderson 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-3.

It was only the 37-year-old Stosur's second victory in her past seven visits to Melbourne Park, a venue where she has never progressed beyond the fourth round.

"That was incredible," said Stosur, who is now ranked 487th in the world and needed a wildcard to enter the 2022 Open.

"That's a match I'm gonna remember forever."

Fellow wildcard Chris O'Connell advanced to round two at the Open for a second successive year by downing Frenchman Hugo Gaston in four sets.

The 27-year-old Sydneysider won 7-6 (7-4) 6-0 4-6 6-1 in two hours and 35 minutes on Tuesday to set up a clash on Thursday with Argentinian No.13 seed Diego Schwartzman, who beat Serb Filip Krajinovic 6-3 6-4 7-5.

Aleksandar Vukic also justified the decision to hand him a wildcard by beating No.30 seed Lloyd Harris on Monday.

Playing in her first major since last year's Australian Open and having recovered from surgery to the Achilles tendon that had troubled her on and off for five years, Daria Saville lost 6-2 6-3 to Swede Rebecca Peterson.

The former top-20 star married fellow Australian player Luke Saville last month.

Czech No.31 seed Marketa Vondrousova proved too good for fellow Australian Priscilla Hon, winning 6-2 6-3.

with AAP

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