Set Points: Highlights from Day 4 at the 2016 Australian Open

Day 4 of the 2016 Australian Open was quite eventful with four more seeds going out. The slate of third round matches contains just two all-seeded match-ups, of which both come in the wide-open fourth quarter. There have been some fantastic storylines already this week and it’s been nice to see some players who produced upsets in the first round back them up in the second round. Here’s my top ten from day 4.

Set Points

Shuai Zhang’s first Grand Slam main draw win against Simona Halep was the story of the week so far and will probably be one of the most endearing of the entire year. She only went and backed it up with another straight sets victory on Thursday, this time against the in-form, Alizé Cornet, 6-3 6-3. Thanks to Jimmie 48 for his awesome pictures of the celebration and a great handshake… kudos to Alizé.

While the credit should go to Zhang, Cornet had a rough day at the office, hitting 7 winners to a whopping 36 unforced errors. As you can imagine, she wasn’t amused about the situation…

One of the seeded casualties on Thursday was Timea Bacsinszky who lost in straight sets to Annika Beck, 2-6 3-6. It wasn’t a huge upset considering Bacsinszky’s struggles with a knee injury but it was still a disappointing result for the Swiss player considering she landed in such a favourable section of the draw. For more about Bacsinsszky and her recent health struggles, check out this excellent piece for the WTA Insider HERE.

Another great storyline from day 4 was Laura Siegemund. The 27-year-old, who has spent much of her career on the ITF tour, had the best win of her career, coming from a set down to beat Jelena Jankovic, 3-6 7-6(5) 6-4. This is the first time Siegemund has ever reached the third round of a Slam and she gets another German player in the third round in Beck. Her celebrations were great…

Azarenka continues to look in sensational form and she even hit an around-the-net-post winner. It was reminiscent of her shot against Tamira Paszek from Wimbledon years back. I can still remember Tracy Austin on the commentary shouting “AROUND THE NET POST!”.

Naomi Osaka had another tremendous win, taking out Elina Svitolina in straight sets. She gets a shot at Azarenka in the third round which should be a fun one. She sounds like a hoot in press…

And I love the bow.

When I read that Jelena Ostapenko and Yulia Putintseva were playing doubles together I assumed it was a joke… NOPE.

Hahahahaha only Jelena…

And finally, yay to Beezus still being in the singles draw…

The working week is nearly over… Hallelujah!

13 thoughts on “Set Points: Highlights from Day 4 at the 2016 Australian Open

  1. Zhang’s win taking out the No 2 seed Halep then backing it up with a win over Cornet has to be the ‘good feel story at the AO in 2016’ when you consider she was thinking of retirement…also a great birthday present

    Well done Zhang!

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  2. Noami Osaka seems alright, She comes across as a determined girl wanting to go places. Will see what challenge she can pose to Azarenka. In comedic circles, her resting face is like a b***h face. I’m glad she found the humour in it. On the plus side I’m enjoying all these younger faces pushing into the slams this time around.

    Understandable with Timea, she tends to take the long term view as well. Hopefully, she heals up as the season progresses, Roland Garros points to defend.

    No one loves the dramatique like Mademoiselle Cornet. It’s both a blessing and a curse.

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  3. Great collection of tweets and gifs 🙂 Thank you once again. was so much looking forward to reading your post after a long and tough working day. Luckily, weeekend is looming 🙂 🙂

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    • Will be intriguing to see how Sharapova reduces her error count for that, else, Belinda can/will upset her simply by being as steady as she does.

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      • Let’s play Bencic still needs to work on her 2nd serve it is soo attackable,Nicole Pratt actually said Sharapova has one of the best serves in tennis? Hello????:))) it will be an interesting match up between Pova v Bencic

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      • Sharapova used to have a terrific serve. Now it’s not her strongest area, though she does set the points up well and her risky second serves pay off more often than not.
        Her real strength is on the return and thats where Bencic could struggle. Belinda has to disrupt Sharapova from her rhythym and push her to overplay.

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  4. @Margaret, Indeed. This what surprises about her ability to get by some pretty good hitters. I’m guessing her retrieving/counter punching game is efficient enough to put opponents off. I think Sharapova will lap up that second serve if she’s alert. All things being sane, Maria shouldn’t lose this. Good win by Ana lena, this aussie open has been good to some players, onwards to week 2. At this rate there will be very few seed vs seed matches in next round.

    Just saw Fed Dimitrov play, and it’s these matches that remind why I enjoy tennis. Fed through in 4.

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