Oz Day 14 – results

The final day of the Australian Open kicks off with some Canadian content, as Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and his French partner Kristina Mladenovic won their second major, after last summer’s Wimbledon.

Then, the main event: as Stan Wawrinka tries to win his first major – and beat his opponent, Rafael Nadal, for the very first time.

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Canucks this week – Jan. 20-26

MELBOURNE – Obviously, Genie Bouchard was the star of the week, reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open in singles (and the third round in doubles, too).

Daniel Nestor has quietly done his thing. He and renewed partner Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia lost in the men’s doubles semis. But he and mixed doubles partner Kristina Mladenovic are in the final of the mixed here Sunday against Sania Mirza of India and Horia Tecau of Romania.

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Jiang Shan stress reliever

MELBOURNE – Open Court was out paparazzi’ing the paparazzi the other day, after Li Na of China defeated Canada’s Genie Bouchard in the quarterfinals.

Li’s husband Jiang Shan walked right by the assembled Chinese media, gave them a big smile, and headed down to relieve a little stress.

When you’re always worried about having to sleep in the bathtub, you get a little stressed. 🙂

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Nestor and the Mladinator (pics)

MELBOURNE – Daniel Nestor and mixed doubles partner Kristina Mladenovic made surprisingly short work of Leander Paes and Daniela Hantuchova (one of the most decorated mixed players out there) in the quarter-finals.

Mladenovic, who can bomb serves of her own, had little trouble with Paes’ delivery. In the pic above, she took a first serve and absolutely crushed it down the line.

The pair are playing the mixed semi on Friday, against Jie Zheng and Scott Lipsky.

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