Set Points: Highlights from Day 8 at the 2016 Australian Open

The quarter-finals of the 2016 Australian Open are all set after a pretty dramatic day of WTA tennis. The first two quarters went as most expected, but the last two featured upsets with the unseeded players both prevailing. Day 8 was a tough one for me to follow so i’ve probably missed lots of good stuff out… anyway, here’s what stood out for me!

Set PointsSoooo Shuai Zhang reached the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, defeating an injured and teary, Madison Keys in three sets. The photos of Keys are horrible to see but at the same time, it’s nice to see the Zhang fairytale story continues…

This was a tough one for Keys who had a real chance with this draw to at least defend her semi-final points from last year. Still, I think her start, considering she played no warm-up tournaments, was very encouraging.

I’m hugely impressed by Johanna Konta who held it together to beat Ekaterina Makarova, 8-6 in the third set. Jo should be super proud of her efforts this week. It was clear from watching the first set that this was going to be a close call with so many deuce games. On a slightly more negative note, it was a shame to see such a poor attendance for the match.

Victoria Azarenka keeps on rolling and defeated Barbora Strycova, 6-2 6-4, in what sounded like a very fun match. I’m all for Babs keeping up this form…

After all her woes in the Grand Slams last year, i’m chuffed to see Angelique Kerber start the year with a first Australian Open quarter-final. Here’s her post-match interview after defeating Annika Beck in straight sets.

GAEL MONFILS

This made me laugh haha!

This photo freaks me out part 1

Thus photo freaks me out part 2

And finally… not really an AO highlight but I am REALLY shocked to hear that Petra Kvitova has split with long-term coach, David Kotzya.

7 thoughts on “Set Points: Highlights from Day 8 at the 2016 Australian Open

  1. Great result for Konta,even though she was born in Australia:) another player we could have had:) watched most of the match,liked the way she didn’t go away in that 3rd set.

    Sad for Madison Keys,abductor injury is painful,I have suffered one in the past,also it was very hard for Zhang on the other side of the net to concentrate knowing her opponent was injured.

    Vika continues to impress me at the AO,she is still on track to make the final hopefully:)

    James,I too was shocked with Petra’s announcement regarding her coach,as yet no word on his replacement.

    BTW Halep to have nose surgery,will be out of action for over 1 month,hopes to be playing at IW to defend her title.

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  2. Just seen the highlights of Madison Keys vs. Zhang Shuai and it was nice to see Zhang’s subdued celebrations at the end, clearly out of respect for Maddi.

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    • Yes I saw some negative tweets about Zhang but having watched the very end, I thought she was respectful of Keys at the end. It was a tough situation, biggest moment of Zhang’s career.

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      • Agree. She was not disrespectful at all. She had to pump herself up and she didn’t celebrate in Madison’s direction – so all fine for me. I thought she was very respectful at the net and afterwards given that this was a HUGE HUGE moment for her. Would love to see her in the semis 🙂 (against Angie of course 😛 )

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      • I’d be happy with either Konta or Zhang. I like the almost fairytale story for Zhang but Konta would deserve it also. I admired her fighting spirit against Makarova and she gave a great interview afterwards.

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  3. FINALLY: Petra makes a change many have wished for! she needs to strike out into new territory to advance…this means letting Dave go

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