Oh, come one now, kids – get your minds out of the gutter.
And no, we didn’t reverse the pic above.
We are referring, of course, to a little match defending Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka played – left-handed – on the practice court this week. Continue reading
MELBOURNE – Milos Raonic in action on the practice court at the Australian Open, Jan. 9.
Let’s all do our best to ignore the bad golf shirt look, and hope this isn’t a sign of things to come for New Balance.
MELBOURNE – Milos Raonic and coach Ivan Ljubicic (who doesn’t look too far removed from his playing days – which actually, he isn’t) worked out at the Australian Open Thursday.
Raonic was hitting quite a few drop volleys to finish off points; we’ll see if we see any of that in his first-round match against Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain.
The American at work with coach David Adams at the Australian Open, Jan. 9, 2014
Westmount’s Genie Bouchard couldn’t ask for much more in her first Grand Slam tournament as a seeded player.
The No. 30 seed’s first-round opponent will be Tang, the Chinese WC, and winner of the Asian Australian Open playoff.
Her potential second-round match will be either Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium or Virginie Razzano of France. Continue reading
MELBOURNE – Canadians Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil, both seeded at this year’s Australian Open, came out of Friday’s draw relatively unscathed.
Raonic, seeded No. 11, drew Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the first round.
If he wins that, he would face the winner between Victor Hanescu of Romania and a qualifier. Continue reading
MELBOURNE – The final moments of Stéphanie Dubois’s first-round win over Noppawan Lertcheewakarn in the Australian Open qualifying Thursday.
It was always going to be a tough go for Canadian Sharon Fichman who, as the No. 1 seed in qualifying, drew out of the real up-and-comers in the women’s game, 16-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.
You can see it right here – live.
Although it’s not nearly as exciting a thing as people think it is.
Venus probably isn’t watching.
MELBOURNE – It was a victory that did Stéphanie Dubois a lot of good – her first of a 2014 season during which she hopes to make the struggles of 2013 a distant memory.
Dubois defeated Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand 7-6 (1), 6-4, outlasting her on a warm day and overcoming a few shaky moments.
MELBOURNE – Qualifying began at 10 a.m. Thursday morning.
And by 9 p.m., under the lights, these two were still going at it. Continue reading