MELBOURNE – On a small back court, battling her service toss in the gusty winds, Li Na went through her final paces before the Australian Open final against Dominika Cibulkova, one in which she is the heavy favorite.
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. 🙂
MELBOURNE – Chapter 33 of the Roger Federer – Rafael Nadal novella followed a formula that has become far too familiar over the last dozen chapters or so.
First, comes the hope.
MELBOURNE – Rafael Nadal warmed up on one of the outside courts in the late afternoon, and the bandage around his blistered racquet hand was much diminished.
It was difficult to get a shot of it, because he’s always got SOMETHING in his hand (usually his sticks). But we did get a glimpse.
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.
MELBOURNE – As much as Genie Bouchard tried to maintain her court position as well as she had throughout the tournament, the power and depth of shot from China’s Li Na made that a difficult talk.
So much stretching and reaching. Bouchard was never in control of the proceedings.
Canadian Genie Bouchard (and the Genie Army) get ready for what turned out to be her final match at the Australian Open, the semifinal against Li Na of China.
Canada’s Genie Bouchard is first up of the two women’s semi-finals today, against No. 4 seed Na Li of China.
Countryman Daniel Nestor warms up Rod Laver Arena in his men’s doubles semifinal.