- Australian Open, Day Two
Murray left redfaced as Hewitt gets tied up in knots
Come on Judy: Slip, Slop, Slap
Andy Murray, as per normal, put his supporters through the wringer before beating Ryan Harrison in four sets. The British No. 1 felt the heat, and his hamstring, and it all left his mum Judy a little red faced. Either that or Judy failed to ramp up on the Factor 50+ suncream.
Hot Dogs Down Under
In what is sure to be one of the first in many, many displays of hot dogs during the tournament, Novak Djokovic put in a contender for best in show on day two. At 3-0 up in the third set, the world No. 1 raced to recover a lob and hit a perfectly-weighted between-the-legs shot to win the point and break Paolo Lorenzi's serve.
Tied up in knots
At points former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt had opponent Cedrik-Marcel Stebe tied in knots as he claimed a four set victory, but the Australian had to call for assistance to help tie his laces. After taking the first set, Hewitt had the chance to grab an early break in the second, but had to trot back to his chair when his lace snapped. Clearly a job too menial for a two-time grand slam champion, Hewitt signalled to the ball boy to remove his lace, before replacing it with a new one. Can we suggest Velcro, LLeyton?
Don't bug me
With Hewitt going a break down in the third set, the crowd were easily distracted and were amused by a ball girl who had a rendezvous with a cockroach. When the bug appeared on court, the girl was forced to remove the offending bug from the ground, prompting laughter from the crowd when she dropped it. The poor girl was nearly as red as Judy Murray, and hid her face under her baseball cap.
Sam Stosur's woeful form since winning the US Open last September continued as she lost in straight sets to Sorana Cirstea of Romania. The first-round loss made all the more difficult for Stosur to swallow given the grand slam is in her home country. In fact, the Australian Open has never been a happy place for Stosur, who has now entered the main draw 10 times for 14 wins and has only twice progressed beyond round three.
Public enemy No. 1
Cirstea's victory was not a popular one on Rod Laver Arena as the Romanian dumped out the Australian No. 1, and the host nation's biggest chance of victory in Melbourne. Cirstea had never beaten Stosur, but despite dumping out the US Open champion in straight sets on her own stomping ground, Cirstea was muted in her celebrations. "I'm not sure if it's one of my biggest matches, but it feels like that now," she said. "Probably the whole country hates me now."
After winning their maiden slams in 2011, Li Na and Petra Kvitova both suffered major hangovers...both crashed out of the first round of the US Open against Romanian pair Simona Halep and Alexandra Dulgheru respectively. US Open champion Sam Stosur was the major first-round casualty in Melbourne on Tuesday, falling to...yep you guessed it, a Romanian.
Gael Monfils is never slow in playing to the crowd and it could be argued his penchant for the extravagant has cost him some winning opportunities. He was at it again during his win over Marinko Matosevic. After taking control, he turned on the style and left the crowd in raptures when flicking a glorious, sliding forehand for a winner. He was left flat on his back pointing to the sky in delight and the fans lapped it up.
Maria in a hurry
Maria Sharapova was in no mood to hang around in the midday heat as she motored past Gisela Dulko 6-0 6-1 in under an hour. With the temperature soaring, Sharapova ensured she wasted minimum energy as she powered past the Argentine in just 58 minutes. "I've been here for 14 days getting used to the conditions," Sharapova said. "Back in the heat now, but it was like winter before. Different preparation, but sometimes it's just the way it goes."