Set Points: Highlights from Day 5 at the 2016 Australian Open

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.

Set Points

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!

My body clock is completely set now at waking up at 4.30am…

10 thoughts on “Set Points: Highlights from Day 5 at the 2016 Australian Open

  1. Serena has been into these post match exchanges ever since she started working with Patrick, its nice I agree. I loved her exchange with Jankovic a few years ago after the ‘Im not the one’ match haha.

    Gutted for Mladenovic but I really fancy Dasha against CSN if shes physically up for it.


  2. Babs! When you need her to win, she’s a comedy of errors and drama. When you least expect her to, she shows up swash buckling virtually laying down too much suppression fire. The word that come to mind is enigma.

    Garbine, she seemed shell-shocked, never got into gear. To be fair Barbara never gave her too much room to operate. Kudos to Babs, and best wishes to Garbine for future tournaments.


  3. Babs played a great tactical game against Garbine who appeared all out of sorts,to me her movement was slow? the conditions were heavy with the roof closed at RLA.Babs served to the body of Garbine and also her hip area,not allowing Garbine first strike on the return,Babs played great angles as well.Disappointing results for Garbine,I will be interested to read her presser,even her coach had a clueless look on his face in this match.Well Done Babs!


    • Muguruza said in her press conference about not moving well. Surprised by the scoreline and loss but I hadn’t felt too positive about her chances. A bit sad we won’t see Vika-Garbi but Vika-Babs should be good, their match last year was a little wild but very entertaining.


  4. Azarenka d Osaka 61 61,Azarenka lost her opening service game to love,then WOW,bad luck to Osaka,who picked up a ab injury in her previous match,her serve not as good,which is understandable due to the ab problem.Vika continues to impress me,.she is my Dark Horse to win the AO.


    • I realised Osaka was simply playing tennis without much tactical application. That must have been the reason why. Like Serena you need a good strategy against Victoria, you have to let her work and second guess herself. No Contest really for Azarenka. With Murguruza’s demise, I’m hoping Kerber will be the one to test her before the final. I can’t see past her not making the final though.

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  5. Well done to BZS(-Z). Always a riot to watch her. This is her deepest run in Aus despite winning it twice as a junior (and twice in junior doubles also)


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