The drama down under is well underway at the Australian Open. Through 4 days, here’s what you’ve missed:
– Lleyton Hewitt lost to David Ferrer in the second round, saying goodbye to the fans as he ends his playing career after his 20th Open. He hands off Australian tennis to a group of young and flamboyant top talents including Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.
– Victoria Azarenka is coming off a few down years. Coming into the Open, Azarenka is boasting a renewed passion for the game through a refocus on enjoying the experience instead of fixating on results. It seems to be working. Look for Victoria to log a few more victories as she makes a run towards the end of an event that she’s won twice already.
There have also been a few noteworthy upsets:
– Rafael Nadal fell to fellow Spaniard Fernado Verdasco in the first round.
– Venus Williams went down to Johanna Konta in straight sets.
– Number 2 seed Simon Halep was dismissed Zhang Shuai in two sets.
– Kevin Andreson, seeded 11, caved to the veteran American Rajeev Ram.
The rest of the tournament has a number of intriguing storylines. Here are a few of our favorites:
– Hometown Heroes – Can Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios usher in a new era of success at the Major’s for Australian tennis? Both play for a spot in the round of 16 later today.
– Murray’s Misfortune – Four times, Andy Murray has fought his way to the Australian Open Final. Four times he has lost. Is this the year Andy will add a Major to his record in Australia?
– Return of Azarenka? Azarenka appears to be at the top of her game so far, logging two smooth victories. Don’t be surprised when Azarenka keeps the run going.
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