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.
Better late than never – computer willing, we’ll have more from Bouchard’s win over Lauren Davis today up a little later.
The match featured … Genie’s Army, in their second appearance.
MELBOURNE – The Australian Open finally invoked the extreme heat rule shortly after 2 p.m. today.
It was pretty clear walking around the grounds that this day was a fair bit worse than the previous two 40-degrees-plus days the tournament has experienced.
So the roof in Hisense Arena was closed after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the first set over Thomaz Bellucci in a tiebreak. Continue reading
The bottom-half days on the men’s side are going to be packed for awhile, as Nadal, Federer, Murray, Tsonga and del Potro are all in this half. Am embarrassment of riches today – plus Milos Raonic.
Lots of doubles on the schedule. Turns out a lot of it was cancelled as singles got priority after the heat rule came into effect, and then a rain delay stopped things even longer.
A major blonde brigade on the schedule today: Sharapova, Azarenka, Wozniacki, and former-honourary blonde Radwanska.
MELBOURNE – The Genie Army rolled into Show Court 2 late Wednesday afternoon to support their lady fair.
And with the Aussie Canadians on hand, Genie Bouchard is 2-for-2.
Bouchard defeated Virginie Razzano of France 6-2, 7-6 (10) to reach the Australian Open’s third round.
MELBOURNE – Hisense Arena, Jan. 10.
Roger Federer needed two Swiss players to keep up with him, as he practiced ahead of the Australian Open.
And – Lordy, Lordy – he pulled out the two-hander again!
MELBOURNE – It was a rough day for Canadian Frank Dancevic, who was overcome by the heat during a match against enigmatic Frenchman Benoit Paire in a match that held so much funky promise had it been played under normal conditions.
Here’s how some of it unfolded.