Auckland champ dumped out of Aussie Open

Julia Goerges of Germany leaves the court following defeat in her first round match against Danielle Collins. Photo: Getty Images
Julia Goerges of Germany leaves the court following defeat in her first round match against Danielle Collins. Photo: Getty Images
Germany's Julia Goerges became the first seeded player knocked out of the Australian Open when American Danielle Collins came from a set down to record a 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4 victory in the first match on Margaret Court Arena.

The 14th-seeded Goerges had come into the tournament in strong form having successfully defended her Auckland Classic title but looked uncomfortable against the power-hitting 25-year-old, who went for her shots during the second set.

The tactic paid off for Collins, who sealed the win in two hours, 25 minutes when her winner smacked into the net and the ball flopped into Goerges' side of the court.

"The first set didn't go my way but I had a clear mindset about what I needed to do," said Collins, who was making her main draw debut at Melbourne Park.

"I decided today that I had to earn it the hard way, no easy jobs for me and I just out went there with no fear."

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