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!
Soooo 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.
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.