Posted by Staff on January 19th, 2018 @ 4:41 pm
The temperature may be cooling but the action is only heating up at the Australian Open. On a packed Saturday night schedule, the tournament will see the premier women’s match between Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova.
Sharapova leads 4-3 over the German in this meeting of former Australian Open champions. Kerber has won the last two but Sharapova won easily in their only Australian Open meeting in 2012.
“It’s another tough match …
Posted by Staff on January 19th, 2018 @ 8:35 am
World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki righted the seeded ship in her quest to re-take the No. 1 ranking during the Australian Open, advancing into the fourth round on a day where the tournament lost the reigning French Open champion.
Wozniacki in the final night match ending after midnight in Melbourne beat No. 30 Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6-3, closing on her fourth match point.
“Right now I’m playing with house money, nothing to …
Posted by Staff on January 19th, 2018 @ 7:39 am
A week ago there were doubts about Rafael Nadal. Not anymore. Through three matches at the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal has looked dominant, especially so after crushing No. 28 seed Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-3, 6-1.
“When you win 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 in the third round, is always a great result, no? Without playing well, is impossible to have these kind of results. So happy for that. Happy to be through, yeah, …
Posted by Staff on January 18th, 2018 @ 4:51 pm
Round three at the Australian Open begins with a blockbuster Friday and the thermometer soars and the seeds finally clash.
Headling are two very intriguing men’s matches. During the day Grigor Dimitrov gets a rematch of his US Open conqueror in Andrey Rublev. Then at night, Nick Kyrgios collides with former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
“I liked his aggressive style of tennis,” Kyrgios said of Tsonga. “He had a big serve, big forehand. …
Posted by Staff on January 18th, 2018 @ 7:44 am
In the marque match of the day, Novak Djokovic overcame a nervous, error-filled start to beat Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 to move into the Australian Open third round.
With temperatures near 100F, Djokovic came out sluggish and after a flurry of double faults, it was Monfils who grabbed an early break and then held on for the opening set.
But just over an hour in, the heat got to the …
Posted by Staff on January 18th, 2018 @ 7:43 am
Two Top 10 favorites were upset, while former champions Maria Sharapova and Angie Kerber lined-up a mouth-watering 3rd round match after Thursday play at the Australian Open.
The few top players upholding their favorite status amidst the scorching temperatures in Melbourne on Thursday were No. 1 Simona Halep easily handling former starlet Genie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2, and No. 6 Karolina Pliskova dismissing Brazil’s Beatriz Hadad Maia 6-1, 6-1.
“I still feel pain,” …
Posted by Staff on January 17th, 2018 @ 5:18 pm
It’s another blockbuster day at the Australian Open Thursday with the main attraction seeing Novak Djokovic continue his return against Gael Monfils in the heat of the day on Laver in the afternoon.
Djokovic has won all 14 matches against the Frenchman who is also coming back from injury.
Juan Martin del Potro battles fellow giant Karen Khachanov. The two just met last week in Auckland with the Argentine prevailing.
Under the cooler …
Posted by Staff on January 17th, 2018 @ 8:32 am
All three Top 10 seeds in action struggled into the third round in three sets on Wednesday at the Australian Open where the temperatures started to rise in Melbourne, previewing a Thursday and Friday when the temps will be hovering around 100 degrees.
Through to the third round were No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki defeating unheralded Croat Jana Fett 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, No. 4 Elina Svitolina edging Czech Katerina Siniakova 4-6, 6-2, …
Posted by Staff on January 17th, 2018 @ 8:20 am
The match of the day on paper between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Denis Shapovalov lived up the billing on Wednesday at the Australian Open. The swashbuckling Shapovalov stunned Tsonga in the second round of the US Open, and the Canadian looked on his was to another win after leading by 2 sets to 1, and then in the fifth by 5-2, 30-30.
But Tsonga showed his experience and fitness running the last …
Posted by Staff on January 16th, 2018 @ 5:07 pm
After a very strong start, Rafael Nadal returns to action Wednesday at the Australian Open. The World No. 1 will take on Argentine Leonardo Mayer who took a set off Nadal at the US Open last year.
Nadal’s 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 opening round win over Victor Estrella Burgos was his most dominant win at the event. He is trying to reach the third round at the Australian Open for a 12th …
Posted by Staff on January 16th, 2018 @ 8:52 am
Top-seeded Simona Halep started out her Australian Open campaign and defense of the No. 1 ranking on the right foot, but not necessarily the right ankle, on Tuesday in Melbourne, defeating Aussie wildcard Destanee Aiava 7-6(5), 6-1 to move into the second round.
“I felt a pain on the court, but I didn’t have time to check it,” said Halep after tweaking her ankle during the match. “I feel that nothing …
Posted by Staff on January 16th, 2018 @ 7:24 am
The big story Tuesday on the men’s side of the Australian Open was the health of 6-time champion Novak Djokovic. After not having hit a ball on the pro tour since mid-July due to a right elbow, the Serb didn’t disappoint by hammering American Donald Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
“It felt great to be back on the court and compete again,” said Djokovic. “It’s been a while obviously you don’t know …
Posted by Staff on January 15th, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
A host of former champions lead the way Tuesday at the Australian Open. All eyes will be on Novak Djokovic as he makes his long-awaited comeback to tennis from a 6-month layoff to take on American Donald Young.
Djokovic, who seeks a record seventh Australian Open title, is seeded down to 14, his lowest in 11 years. But with his new coaching team of Radek Stepanek-Andre Agassi, and a new service …
Posted by Staff on January 15th, 2018 @ 8:59 am
Last year’s US Open final was an American dream featuring Serena and Venus Williams. The 2018 Australian Open proved to be an American nightmare on Day 1 as the Top 3 U.S. seeds exited Melbourne, some in ugly fashion.
Serena Williams withdrew from the event due to maternity, but the 2017 finalist Venus was handed a brutal draw that turned deadly when she was upset by the Williams-killer Belinda Bencic 6-3, …
Posted by Staff on January 15th, 2018 @ 7:40 am
Rafael Nadal rolled back the clock and brought back the sleeveless top and also brought back the punishment hammer Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. It was Nadal’s first match of the season after withdrawing from Brisbane and an exo in Abu Dhabi to rest his knee. But Nadal looked in full form against the 37-year-old.
“Happy for the start, of course,” Nadal said. “Is a positive start with a good …