MELBOURNE – Genie Bouchard warmed up on Court 9 (no Genie’s Army in sight) at about 4:30 p.m., in preparation for her fourth-round match against Casey Dellacqua tonight.
Meanwhile, the draw opened up even a little more…
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
Check this kit out.
Okay, early-bird Canadians, set your alarms for 3 a.m. Montreal time to MAKE SOME NOISE during Bouchard’s match against the homey Dellacqua, who will have all but Genie’s Army on her side.
From Jan. 11, 2014 – Kids’ Day at the Australian Open.
Maria Sharapova practices on Show Court 2 with young German Annika Beck.
And she VOLLEYS! For REALZIES! Not SWINGING, but for TRUE!
MELBOURNE – A slideshow of moments around the grounds at Melbourne Park Jan. 10.
On this day, there was qualifying, and a lot of practicing.
MELBOURNE – That’s a lovely shot of 16-year-old Françoise Abanda above – without a doubt Canada’s finest junior prospect.
She’s not here in Australia, though; her junior ranking is non-existent after missing most of 2013 because of a shoulder injury. And her WTA ranking isn’t quite high enough to get into junior events on that basis (you have to be in the top 350).
So she’s playing $25,000 professional tournaments in Florida at the moment (and is in the semifinals this week).
But if Abanda were here, she’d be all by her lonesome. Continue reading