Day 6 certainly had its moments, headlined by an eventful first night match on the Rod Laver Arena. The match between Madison Keys and Ana Ivanovic was halted early into the second set after Ivanovic’s coach, Nigel Sears collapsed. It was a dreadful situation but thankfully, it sounds like Nigel is doing OK. Ivanovic played some of her best tennis in agesss to lead by a set and a break, and then also 3-0 in the decider. It was a wacky match with so many switch-ups in momentum but in the end, Keys came back for an excellent win, 4-6 6-4 6-4. It was an encouraging performance from Ivanovic considering the circumstances. Here are ten moments from day 6 that stood out…
The biggest upset of the day saw Barbora Strycova defeat Garbiñe Muguruza in straight sets, 6-3 6-2. While i’m sad we won’t get to see Vika-Garbi, Vika-Babs should be a fun one. Here’s an interview with Strycova… I love her reaction when the interviewer brings up that she plays Azarenka in the next round.
To see all the support for Makarova in the comments section of the Makarova-Pliskova preview, it made me think that we may all have underestimated Pliskova… however once again, it was not to be for Pliskova who won just five games. Makarova, aka the Bourne-GOAT, is in full swing again, and looks to be the favourite (in my opinion) to reach the semi-finals.
Shuai Zhang’s run at the AO continues… I think it is a fabulous story and who knows how far she can go?!
Victoria Azarenka’s form in 2016 has been exceptional.
And here are some awesome photos of Vika from Jimmie48.
Angelique Kerber has come up with some awesome shots on match points for her last two matches. I’m thrilled to see her in the second week of the Australian Open.
Another fun Kia Motors Open Drive, this time with Alizé Cornet.
A little bit of ATP… here’s a typically crazy rally including Monfils but what a point from Robert!
This was an incredible shot from Ivan Dodig…
And finally, I love this pic… the Australian summer of tennis is definitely on my bucket list!