Australian Open: Murray, Ivanovic, Muguruza, Azarenka, Monfils In, Verdasco Out

Australian Open

Day 4 has seen no major upsets so far, except for maybe the defeat of Jelena Jankovic and Fernando Verdasco being out of the tournament. Let’s talk about Jankovic first. Given that the form she is in currently, we may not call that a major upset. Also, it was not that she has completely thrown the match away. She fought her way against Laura Seigemund, but was unsuccessful. The score line 6-3 6-7(5-7) 4-6 says it all.

Verdasco showed some nerve and hope when he sent Nadal home in the first round. Somehow, the Spaniard seemed to lose his grip during the second round against Israel’s Dudi Sela. Sela showed some good tennis, and got around after losing the first set to Verdasco. He eventually ended the match 4-6 6-3 6-3 7-6(7-4).

Apart from Verdasco and Jankovic losing out, the morning sessions saw the rest of the favourites cruising through the third round in ease. Ivanovic, and Muguruza did not take much time to finish off their games. Ivanovic defeated Sevastova by 6-3 6-3. While the world number 3, Muguruza ended the game at 6-4 6-2 by defeating Flipkens.

Victoria Azarenka showed the world why she is still a strong contender for the title. Azarenka just lost 3 games to score 6-1 6-2 and took a little over an hour to thrash Kovonic out of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray’s matches seem that he is in a hurry. Best guess is that he is eagerly waiting for any news from his soon-to-be-mommy wife. Mrs. Murray will notify him as soon as she goes into labour. And that can be any day now. And so, he is just ending his matches as soon as possible too, so that he doesn’t have to leave the court in the middle of a match. Makes sense?

As for Monfils, he, too, seemed to be in a hurry. He defeated his friend, and countryman, Mahut, by 7-5 6-4 6-1. Well, that was definitely not a considerate birthday gift for the birthday boy, Monfils!

As for the latest update, Hewitt is down one set. He has still four or five more to go. We hope.

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