Okay, early-bird Canadians, set your alarms for 3 a.m. Montreal time to MAKE SOME NOISE during Bouchard’s match against the homey Dellacqua, who will have all but Genie’s Army on her side.
From Jan. 11, 2014 – Kids’ Day at the Australian Open.
Maria Sharapova practices on Show Court 2 with young German Annika Beck.
And she VOLLEYS! For REALZIES! Not SWINGING, but for TRUE!
MELBOURNE – A slideshow of moments around the grounds at Melbourne Park Jan. 10.
On this day, there was qualifying, and a lot of practicing.
MELBOURNE – That’s a lovely shot of 16-year-old Françoise Abanda above – without a doubt Canada’s finest junior prospect.
She’s not here in Australia, though; her junior ranking is non-existent after missing most of 2013 because of a shoulder injury. And her WTA ranking isn’t quite high enough to get into junior events on that basis (you have to be in the top 350).
So she’s playing $25,000 professional tournaments in Florida at the moment (and is in the semifinals this week).
But if Abanda were here, she’d be all by her lonesome. Continue reading
The Canadian Raonic gets Margaret Court Arena for a highly anticipated matchup against fellow young gun Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.
There was a major contrast in style between the stoic Sharapova and the, um, dramatic Alizé Cornet to open things up on Rod Laver. Sharapova won. But displeased with her form, she ran out to the practice court immediately afterwards.
It’s the quieter half of the draw, with David Ferrer and Novak Djokovic headlining.
Genie Bouchard wins – and an early morning (relatively speaking) for Serena as the ladies start the third round.
But no doubles for the Williamses. The official reason is a leg injury to Venus. But she may be taking the fall for it; lots of buzz around the grounds that Serena has a little something-something – especially after her pre-match warmup lasted mere moments.