MELBOURNE – For the final time this year, Rafael Nadal hits the practice court.
MELBOURNE – It was a short practice for Genie Bouchard.
MELBOURNE – Game face squarely ON for Rafael Nadal in the late afternoon Thursday, as he warmed up with coach Carlos Moyá for his second-round night match against veteran Marcos Baghdatis.
MELBOURNE – Genie Bouchard may not be seeded here, but she’s enjoying all the perks.
MELBOURNE – It didn’t escape Genie Bouchard’s notice that she’s undefeated on Margaret Court Arena.
MELBOURNE – As any tennis player knows, there’s ALWAYS something you can do on a court, even when it’s rainy and slippery.
MELBOURNE – The US Open finalist has a tidy section of the draw at her disposal as she makes a run at the Australian Open.
MELBOURNE – Game face, already on.
MELBOURNE – Taylor Townsend didn’t play as though she merited being in the qualifying Friday.
MELBOURNE – At some point, the good karma is going to come Aleksandra Wozniak’s way.
MELBOURNE – After a slow start, 19-year-old Montrealer Françoise Abanda revved up the machine and took care of Storm Sanders in the first round of the Aussie Open qualifying.
MELBOURNE – The last time Vasek Pospisil found himself in the qualifying at a Grand Slam was more than 3 1/2 years ago, at the 2013 French Open.