Day 3 at the 2016 Australian Open saw another top eight seed depart the tournament in Petra Kvitova. Her second round match against Daria Gavrilova was largely anticipated to be a tough one and proved to be just that with the Aussie player prevailing, 6-4 6-4. The only other seeded upset saw the in-form, Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated by a terrific, Kateryna Bondarenko. Here’s ten things that stood out on day 3…
For more on Shuai Zhang’s victory over Halep, have a listen to what she had to say in her press conference on the NCR Podcast… it’s an amazing story. You can listen at the link HERE from 21:13 or in the tweet below.
The only match I got to watch this morning was the one between Maria Sakkari and Carla Suárez Navarro. The Greek player acquitted herself well, giving absolutely everything to the encounter but the Spaniard’s quality was just too much in the end.
Belinda Bencic continues to ease her way through the draw, defeating Timea Babos in straight sets, 6-3 6-3. BB wasn’t broken once during the 65 minute contest and now doesn’t have to contend with Kuznetsova in the third round… an in-form Bondarenko won’t be a walk in the park though…
Here’s Bondarenko’s on-court interview after reaching the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time since Wimbledon in 2011.
What a start to the year for Monica Puig… she saved match points in her 9-7 third set win over a record-breaking, Kristyna Pliskova to reach the third round of the Australian Open for the first time in her career.
This was a fun GIF from the Petra-Dasha match… ouch Petra!
Serena’s eighth of the draw has lost all of its seeds but still looks super interesting. I’m liking how some of the younger players are having a decent tournament so far.
This made me laugh.
Pleased to share an article from one of my most loyal readers, Margaret McAleer. Margaret interviewed the chair umpire, Bjorn Wettstein, for Tennis Now during the Sydney Apia International. You can check it out HERE.
And let’s end with Poots…