Australian Open 2013: Showcasing Biggest Disappointments in Melbourne

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2013

While the world fell in love with American teenager Sloane Stephens at this year's Australian Open, it was disappointed by a few others.

Whether they were ousted far too early, or played poorly amid heavy expectations, these players let us down in Melbourne this January.

Here we'll showcase the three biggest disappointments at the 2013 Australian Open.

 

Juan Martin del Potro

A Grand Slam champion and a two-time Australian Open quarterfinalist, 24-year-old Argentine Juan Martin del Potro showed very little fight in Melbourne this January, bowing out in the third round to unseeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

As the sixth seed on the men's side coming into the Aussie Open, many expected Del Potro to cruise into the quarters, but instead he was ousted before the tournament's second week even began.

In his five-set loss to Chardy in the third round, Del Potro found himself down two sets to love before he even knew it, and by the time he recovered his fire it was too late. Chardy played a great match, but Del Potro was a colossal disappointment, starting the new season with very little momentum.

 

Samantha Stosur

Women's champion of the 2011 U.S. Open, Samantha Stosur has never fared well at the Australian Open, but nonetheless, it is her home Slam and she came in as the ninth-seeded woman.

Although she made it out of the first round unlike in 2012, she quickly folded in the second round, falling to Jie Zheng, an unseeded player from China in three sets. Credit Zheng for playing a superb match, but Stosur is a past major champion and should have been a lock to make the second week.

Any time one of the world's Top 10 players fails to get out of the second round at a Slam event it's a disappointment. And when you consider that Stosur fell in front of her home fans, it's even more saddening. 

 

Bernard Tomic

Like Sam Stosur, Bernard Tomic was playing in his home Slam this January, and although he reached the third round and lost to arguably the greatest of all time in Roger Federer, he failed to win a single set.

Tomic had a horrid year in 2012, and many, including himself, were expecting big things to begin 2013. His straight-sets loss to Fed in the third round was one of the tournament's biggest disappointments.

Although he is only 20 years old, the tennis world is still waiting for him to follow up his 2011 Wimbledon quarterfinal berth. Since that run, he hasn't made it past the fourth round of any major, and has been bounced within the first three rounds five out of six times.

 

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