The Briton Johanna Konta has been criticized after her in Melbourne, the late scheduling of their second-round match at the Australian Open. “I don’t think that is healthy –in fact, it is even quite dangerous,” said Konta. The Match against the Spanish Garbine Muguruza (4:6, 7:6, 5:7) had started on Friday morning at 0.30 o’clock local time, and ended only to 3.12 PM.
It was the latest at the beginning of a Grand-Slam Matches in tennis history, however, is not the latest one. In 2008, Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) and Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus) had also played in the Melbourne Park, and even up to 4.34 o’clock in the Morning. An excuse for the defeat Konta was looking for. “Garbine and I were in the same Situation,” she told the BBC: “in these circumstances, we both have shown a great Match. It is a pity that it could not enjoy more people.“
The Start of the meeting had been delayed because of the Alexander Zverev (Hamburg, Germany) and Frenchman Jeremy had occupied the Margaret Court Arena for almost four hours, Zverev won in five sets. Originally, the women’s match should therefore be moved to square 3, “but there was everywhere gulls dirt,” said Konta. The cleaning of the Courts would have taken too long.
The winner of the previous year is the Australian Open, meanwhile, is excreted out. Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark failed on Friday with 4:6, 6:4, 3:6 the former champion Maria Sharapova. The Russian prevailed in the duel of the former world ranking list after 2:24 hours. “I haven’t had many Matches against Top players in the previous year. It is a reward for the work, to make the last point,“ said the 31-Year-old.
Wozniacki had won last year at the same place, after a long wait, her first Grand Slam tournament. Sharapova, the lock of the four biggest tournaments in front of their doping could all decide for themselves, meets in the second round on Sunday at the Australian Ashleigh Barty. The former US Open champion Sloane Stephens of the United States plays against the Russian Anastasia Pawljutschenkowa. Angelique Kerber takes until later on Friday to their game against the Australian Kimberly Birrell.
In the men’s defending champion Roger Federer came more easily. The long-time world rankings-the First from Switzerland qualified to the 17th. Time for the second round of the Australian Open. The winner of the past two years, won 6:2, 7:5, 6:2 against American Taylor Fritz. The 37-year-old Federer, needed for its success against the 21-year-old world ranked 50. only 1:28 hours. With a seventh Triumph in Melbourne is the sole record would be Federer, winner of the Grand Slam tournament.