20/04/2024

Maddison Inglis celebrates her upset victory over Leylah Fernandez. (Photo: Tennis Australia)

Maddison Inglis secured the upset of the tournament so far, while Samantha Stosur's fairytale ending is not finished yet.

Samantha Stosur was the talk of Melbourne Park on Tuesday as she came from behind to win in front of a packed Kia Arena. Elsewhere, Maddison Inglis was sensational as she upset last year’s US Open finalist and Nick Kyrgios was at his entertaining best.

Kyrgios steamrolled British left-hander Liam Broady in an entertaining clash on Tuesday night, 6-4 6-4 6-3.

A young Nick Kyrgios fan. (Photo: Australian Open)

The Canberran had it all. Unnecessary, yet so necessary, between the leg shots and multiple variations of his famous underarm serve were on show. Broady even pretended to throw an underarm serve, much to the crowd’s delight.

Despite the antics, the most important thing was this: Nick Kyrgios is in serious form. Incredible winners, consistent aces and impressive court coverage were all part of tonight’s package.

Playing to his crowd, who were constantly yelling the Cristiano Ronaldo-famous ‘siuuuu’, Kyrgios was smiling, laughing and joking around with all who came to watch him on his favourite court in the world – John Cain Arena.

Packing an added layer of muscle and looking fit, even with last week’s COVID-19 diagnosis, Kyrgios will mount a genuine test of world No. 2 and Australian Open favourite Daniil Medvedev on Thursday. The Aussie leads their head-to-head two-nil.

That match is likely to be played at 7:00pm on Thursday night on Rod Laver Arena.

Stosur came up against American qualifier Robin Anderson, in her first match since announcing her singles retirement.

Anderson took the first set, before the crowd rallied and the 37-year-old Australian responded. It took Stosur seven deuces and five set points with the score at 5-3 in the second set, before she eventually served an ace to clinch it.

Stosur was fired up on Tuesday. (Photo: Tennis Australia)

The former US Open champion then dominated the final set, ensuring her singles career lasts at least one more match. The final score was 6-7(5) 6-3 6-3.

Stosur will face tenth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Wednesday.

Following a successful fortnight in Adelaide, Inglis secured a remarkable upset over 23rd seed Leylah Fernandez.

It was Inglis’ first top-50 win and first ever Grand Slam win, made even more remarkable by the fact her opponent played in the 2021 US Open Final.

Inglis was dominant throughout, dropping zero games on her serve as she thrashed the Canadian, 6-4 6-2.

Australia men’s number one Alex de Minaur was sluggish early and dropped the first set against 60th ranked Lorenzo Musetti.

With Lleyton Hewitt in his coaches box, the 32nd seed fought back and controlled the remainder of the match, winning 3-6 6-3 6-0 6-3.

‘Demon’ will face world No. 107 Kamil Majchrzak in the second round, after the Pole dominated Italian veteran Andreas Seppi.

The Australian world No. 139 will face American qualifier Hailey Baptiste in the second round on Wednesday.

Australian wildcard Chris O’Connell was sensational on Court 8, defeating 67th-ranked Frenchman Hugo Gaston.

The 27-year-old hit 43 winners on his way to a 7-6(4) 6-0 4-6 6-1 win in 155 minutes.

O’Connell will face 13th seed Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the second round.

Chris O’Connell moved into the second round. (Photo: Tennis Australia)

After an impressive run to the Adelaide International Final, Arthur Rinderknech found himself against another loud and one-sided Australian crowd as he came up against Alexei Popyrin on Court 3.

The match was a see-sawing encounter, with both players trading sets as the match headed to a decider.

The Frenchman took a break early in the fifth set, but the 22-year-old Aussie would break back instantly, setting up a classic finish.

Separated by one ranking in the ATP standings, the crowd would cheer every time Popyrin won a point, jeering his opponent. An impromptu Mexican wave occurred as Popyrin called for a medical timeout, as the queue to get into the court extended throughout Melbourne Park as all fans in the precinct wanted a piece of the action.

Rinderknech was able to silence the crowd, and took out an impressive win, 7-5 4-6 6-3 3-6 6-3.

Storm Sanders came oh-so-close to defeating world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka, in what would’ve been the biggest upset in Australian Open history.

Sanders, the world No. 128, took the first set over Sabalenka and led by a break in the second set but was unable to capitalise as the Belarusian worked her way back into the match.

Sabalenka dominated the later stages and took the match, 5-7 6-3 6-2.

As gritty as ever, Jordan Thompson took American Steve Johnson to five sets in a marathon match on Court 3.

The 84th-ranked Johnson took a first set tiebreaker, before Thompson returned the favour in the second set.

Thompson won the second set, looking to exploit Johnson who was playing with a visible injury. Frustration got the better of the Australian world No. 73, often throwing his racquet throughout the fourth set.

Hampered by the injury, Johnson began playing his shots without fear in an attempt to keep the rallies short, hitting 54 winners as he silenced the Australian crowd, winning 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 4-6 6-3 6-3.

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Daria Saville was unable to continue her good Australian summer form, going down to Swedish star Rebecca Peterson, 6-2 6-3 in 81 minutes.

Wildcard Priscilla Hon also crashed out, losing to Marketa Vondrousova, 6-2 6-3. Astra Sharma had her Australian Open ended by teenage sensation Clara Tauson, 6-3 6-4.

Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina knocked out South Australian Alex Bolt in straight sets, 6-3 6-3 6-4.

Highlight of the Day

Today’s highlight of the day is not a highlight, it’s a moment. A comeback. A popular comeback.

Sir Andy Murray returned to Melbourne Park today, defeating 21st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili, 6-1 3-6 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4 on John Cain Arena in an epic.

It was Murray’s first win at the Australian Open since 2017.

Since then, Murray has endured seemingly career-ending hip surgeries, but the Scot defied the medical experts and is back to his brilliant best. He looks like the Andy Murray that has reached five Australian Open finals.

The sky is the limit for a fit Andy Murray at the 2022 Australian Open.

Sir Andy Murray is back. (Photo: Australian Open)

Aussies in Action on Day Three

11:00am: Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares [8] vs James Duckworth/Marc Polmans Court 13

1:00pm: Ash Barty [1] vs Lucia Bronzetti Rod Laver Arena

1:00pm: Greet Minnen/Ellen Perez vs Jaimee Fourlis/Maddison Inglis [WC] Court 13

1:00pm: Leylah Fernandez/Erin Routliffe vs Lizette Cabrera/Priscilla Hon [WC] Court 16

1:00pm: Seone Mendez/Taylah Preston [WC] vs Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic Court 5

3:00pm: Matt Reid/Jordan Thompson vs Rinky Hinjikata/Tristan Schoolkate [WC] Court 6

3:00pm: Jason Kubler/Christopher O’Connell [WC] vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina/Jaume Munar Court 13

3:00pm: Miyu Kato/Sabrina Santamaria vs Samantha Stosur/Shuai Zhang [4] Court 14

3:30pm: Alex Bolt/James McCabe vs Thanasi Kokkinakis/Nick Kyrgios Court 3

5:00pm: Lloyd Harris/Alexei Popyrin vs Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah [4] Court 6

5:00pm: Caroline Dolehide/Storm Sanders [9] vs Astra Sharma/Ajla Tomljanovic Court 7

5:30pm: Radu Albot [Q] vs Aleksandar Vukic [WC] Court 3

9:00pm: Alexander Zverev [3] vs John Millman Rod Laver Arena

Times are subject to change at the discretion of the Australian Open.

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