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.
MELBOURNE – Well, it was a good attempt, in the middle of her practice session Wednesday to prepare for the big semifinal match with Li Na of China Thursday afternoon.
“Tweener”, of course, wouldn’t rhyme. And we like to think she tried to execute this with the grace of former player Gabriela Sabatini, who mastered the “SabaTweenie”.
So, we now dub this the “Genie Tweenie”. Continue reading
MELBOURNE – It’s been going on for over a week now, but the sight of Stefan Edberg hitting with Roger Federer still gives goosebumps every time.
Maybe it’s a generational thing. Or a serve-and-volley thing. Or maybe even a Swedish thing. But Lendl, Becker, Chang, Ivanisevic, none of them have nearly the same effect, as cool as it is.
The two headed to closed-up Hisense Arena, with the Rafael Nadal – Grigor Dimitrov match going long on Rod Laver Arena, to warmup for the big quarterfinal encounter against Andy Murray.
Do you love it? Here are some pics. You won’t find these anywhere else on the tennis planet.
MELBOURNE – Back in 1991, Stefan Edberg met Ivan Lendl (and his legionnaire hat) in the semifinals here.
The hatted man prevailed.
So far in this quarter-final between their charges, 23 years later, Edberg has the edge.
For readers who haven’t yet seen any of these, we took some pics of a very young Grigor Dimitrov with a very young Vasek Pospisil at the 2007 U.S. Open, where they reached the doubles final together.
Pospisil had just turned 17; Dimitrov had turned 16 in May. But he was the hotter prospect; to go with the ITF rules about doubles teams being essentially matchy-matchy, he had to lend Pospisil some of his adidas shirts.
Here are some pics of that final. All together how: Awwwwwwwww.