Both the men’s draw and women’s draw continue to open up at the Australian Open with a few more upsets as well as some pretty dominating performances from the usual suspects, emotional moments, record breakers and also an emotional final match for one of Australia’s greatest tennis players on day 3 and 4 in Melbourne.
Lleyton Hewitt has played his final singles match of his career. The Australian and former Grand Slam champion played out his final match in front of a home crowd on Rod Laver Arena against a very tough opponent in David Ferrer in what was a great match between the two with an emotional ending with Hewitt now hanging up his racket. Lleyton still has doubles to play and won’t be away from tennis too long as he is the new Davis Cup captain for Australia and his first test as captain is a tie against the USA! It’s been a great career for Lleyton who has given 100% and his passion is something only a few have!
From one Australian to another! If there were a few players I wouldn’t want to face in the first round of a major one of them would be Daria Gavrilova. The Australian is explosive and dangerous on the court and Petra Kvitova certainly found that out on day 3 as she defeated the two time Grand Slam champion in straight sets to continue her good run of form in 2016 after winning the Hopman Cup with Nick Kyrgios earlier on in the month.
The upsets keep on coming as we continue to lose more top players but who has gone out on day 3 and 4?
With quite a few seeded players going out? Who will follow next on day 4?
Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka, Garbine Muguruza, Kei Nishikori and Andy Murray have been in cruise control so far this tournament. All eight players do look on top form right now and it will be interesting to see how things progress as the tournament progresses. I have no doubts two of these players will win the tournament but I can’t predict who will right now!
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is one of the nicest people on the tour and he showed that in his second round victory after helping a ball kid who was injured receiving a round of applause from the crowd!
Video via YouTube Channel – Australian Open TV
Kristyna Pliskova broke an Australian Open record on day three but was defeated by Monica Puig in three sets losing 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 7-9 against her opponent but hit 31 aces which is a record but not enough to send her into the next round!