Canadian Daniel Nestor will be the second Canadian on Rod Laver Arena today. Hopefully, for the dubs guys, the potential for Djokovic and Wawrinka to go five hours remains just that, potential.
MELBOURNE – In theory, there would be four matches involving Canadians on the schedule at the Australian Open Monday.
In reality, there ended up being only three as Genie Bouchard pulled out of the mixed doubles before her first-rounder with partner Sam Groth.
MELBOURNE – Two days before the tournament even began, Rafael Nadal was at an intensity level far beyond your average practice set hitabout, as he took to Margaret Court Arena with Richard Gasquet.
The knicker-picking and locks adjustments were in full match mode. And Gasquet’s shirt was soaked, soaked, soaked.
MELBOURNE – Upsets all over the place. And with every one, Azarenka (who is still in) looks better and better to win another Australian Open.
MELBOURNE – Less than a day after making the quarterfinals in singles, Genie Bouchard was to be back on court today – twice – in the third round of the women’s doubles and the first round of the mixed with Aussie Sam Groth. She and partner Vera Dushevina lost the doubles. And she pulled out of the mixed.
Daniel Nestor also had a doubleheader, in men’s doubles and in mixed with Kristina Mladenovic. And he was 2-for-2.
MELBOURNE – We’ll call it the Betty vs. Veronica Australian Open quarterfinal.
And for the second match in a row, Canadian Genie Bouchard will be on Rod Laver Arena facing an opponent who is hugely popular in this country.
Sunday night, she battled conditions, nerves and a stadium full of Aussie supporters to defeat Casey Dellacqua 6-7 (5) 6-2, 6-0 and set a date with Ana Ivanovic on Tuesday.
MELBOURNE – They might not be in Australia this week, but 16-year-old Françoise Abanda and veteran Heidi el Tabakh aren’t just sitting around.
The two Canadians have reached the final of a $25,000 pro event in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (spring-training home of the New York Mets, as its claim to fame). Continue reading
In the clash between two of the so-called “next generation” of players on the ATP Tour – their first at a Grand Slam and with a path to the quarterfinals such a big possibility for the winner, Grigor Dimitrov ended Milos Raonic’s hopes with a four-set victory.
MELBOURNE – While you’re waiting for that 3 a.m. wakeup call for Genie Bouchard’s fourth-round match against Aussie wild card Casey Dellacqua on Rod Laver Arena, here are some shots of her, and doubles partner Vera Dushevina (formerly spelled “Douchevina” but rarely now, because of, um, obvious reasons).
They crushed their first-round opponents here, and upset the No. 11 seeds Groenefeld and Lucic in the second round.
Ergo, “Bouch and the Douch” are born. Continue reading
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