I can’t believe we are five days into the Australian Open already… Slams go so quick! The fourth round matches from the top half of the women’s draw are all set and on the whole, there’s plenty to get excited for the second week. Here are ten things that struck a chord with me from day 5 of the 2016 Australian Open.
The match that stood out on the list of completed results was Daria Gavrilova’s extra-time, 6-4 4-6 11-9 win over Kristina Mladenovic. Dasha is into the second week of a Slam for the first time and gets Carla Suárez Navarro in the fourth round. I’m gutted to have missed what sounded like the women’s match of the tournament… hopefully I can find some decent highlights later. Thanks to Mel (@GrandSlamGal on Twitter) for capturing the fantastic atmosphere at the end of the match.
And i’m still laughing at Dasha’s reaction to what she said in her post-match interview with Rennae Stubbs.
I’ve never seen this happen before…
Belinda Bencic is into the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time and unsurprisingly, she was happy about this!
Bencic plays Maria Sharapova in the fourth round… All in for that one! Sharapova needed three sets to get past Lauren Davis. The talking point from that match was a video clip of Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov watching the second set tiebreak… this is hysterical! I’ve linked the funny bit and the whole video too. The crazy point in the tiebreak can be found in the article linked below by The Tennis Island.
I may have watched the Gasparyan-Putitnseva handslap on a continuous loop for about five minutes…
Serena was on it today, smashing past Daria Kasatkina in 44 minutes. I love how respectful she is at the net these days and this little exchange with Daria was very nice to see.
There were some crazy good points in the Goffin-Thiem match which saw the Belgian player advance to the fourth round.
I enjoyed today’s Kia Motors Open Drive with Timea Bacsinszky.
And finally, wow!