Set Points: Highlights from Day 7 at the 2016 Australian Open

The four quarter-finalists are set in the top halves of both draws with a final rematch all set between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova in the women’s draw. I failed in my attempts to stay up for Sharapova-Bencic but did wake up at 3.30am with my body desperate to know the result. It’s been a fun tournament but i’m flagging! Anyway, here are some memorable media moments and thoughts from day 7 at the 2016 Australian Open.

Set PointsI really enjoyed the Radwanska-Friedsam match with Radwanska rallying from 2-5 down in the third set to prevail, 6-7(6) 6-1 7-5. In particular, the first set was super and featured many fun points. It had a rough ending though with Friedsam cramping and in tears.

Full credit to the composure that Carla Suárez Navarro showed in coming back from a bagel first set to defeat Daria Gavrilova in three sets. It all just seemed to get on top of Dasha in that third set who looked a bit overrawed, a bit tired and was too impatient against an opponent barely making any errors. WTA Reactions was certainly kept busy in this one… the third one is my favourite!

Going back a round, here’s some great photos from the Gavrilova-Mladenovic match by Grand Slam Gal.

Sharapova edged Bencic in the first match of the day on Rod Laver Arena. It had a pretty eventful ending with a successful Sharapova challenge on match point and a huge celebration.

Overall, a very good tournament for Belinda… I love this!

And hahaha at Belinda in press.

Serena’s flying through this draw. Here’s a fun interview with Rennae Stubbs after her win over Gasparyan.

@NishikoriGIF on Twitter is a fun follow and this is one of my favourites… random but awesome!

Hahahaha at Boris!

I’m ending with a rant… while it’s great to have all the courts available via the Eurosport Player, the highlights and catch-up functions have been really disappointing this year. I remember being able to watch full matches back last year (granted the streams were very unstable) but there is barely anything this year. Furthermore, i’ve found that most of the highlights on the Australian Open YouTube page are restricted in my country and the ones they do have are NOT GOOD! Aside from Wimbledon when i’m normally lucky enough to be on holiday, Grand Slams are so difficult to follow when i’m asleep or at work.. is it just me who is struggling this week???

5 thoughts on “Set Points: Highlights from Day 7 at the 2016 Australian Open

    • Yes i’ve seen a lot of people complaining about their streams on Eurosport being behind. The quality’s been OK for me, better than previous years actually. Just the highlights and catch-up that has been poor this year IMO.

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  1. Commiserations there James. It seems to me that matches in slam events are much harder to follow in general, or to watch afterwards, than ones in other tournaments.

    A related issue. I’m having problems accessing “Live Scores” on the WTA’s site. It tells you it needs flash, but if you try to access it with a flash-enabled browser you can only get the men’s matches. I missed the last two games of Aga and Anna-Lena’s match because of that (mind you, I hate to see players hurt and crying so maybe it was for the best on that occasion).

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    • Definitely… I’m looking forward to regulation tournaments and being able to watch again on TennisTV. I checked the scoreboard earlier and only mens was coming up also. And you were best off missing the last two games of Aga and Anna-Lena, it wasn’t fun to watch!

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  2. Daria has to learn to keep her emotions in check,yes it is good to showed emotion on court and be passionate,though not when your game ‘implodes’ and you were in a winning position.Daria showed no patience especially in the 3rd set when she had a break.This is a learning curve and I hope she can learn to curb her emotions ‘when it matters’.

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