Australian Open: The Barty continues

January 19, 2022
The GIST: With the No-vax Djokovic saga (mostly) behind us, there’s been no shortage of on-court drama from the opening rounds of the Australian Open.
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The GIST: With the No-vax Djokovic saga (mostly) behind us, there’s been no shortage of on-court drama from the opening rounds of the Australian Open.

Women’s: While Canada’s Leylah Fernandez and U.S. star Coco Gauff were upset and ousted in the first round, reigning U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu held it down for the teens, eliminating American Sloane Stephens.

  • Meanwhile, No. 1 seed Ash Barty and defending Aussie Open champ Naomi Osaka are advancing after their respective second-round wins, keeping the potential of a round four meeting between the two stars alive. RIP nail beds.

Men’s: For the first time since 2017, former world No. 1 and beloved feminist Andy Murray has won in Australia, upsetting No. 21 seed Nikoloz Basilashivili yesterday.

  • Meanwhile, No. 6 seed Rafael Nadal’s run for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title will continue, thanks to a second-round win over Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann. Wonder how Djoker feels about that?

Elsewhere: While the unvaccinated world No. 1 Djokovic isn’t competing in Australia, there’s also a chance he won’t compete at the French Open in May, due to France’s recently imposed vaccine requirement. Sacré bleu.

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