Day Three – Australian Open Highlights

Day Three – Australian Open Highlights

Day Three – Australian Open Highlights

There was plenty to talk about on day three of the Australian Open, and it didn’t just concern Tennis. A controversial moment stirred the media into action. Young Canadian female tennis player Eugenie Bouchard was asked to do a twirl for the camera after she beat Netherlands’ Kiki Bertens with a dominant performance. It sparked outrage about whether this request was inappropriate and potentially sexist. Eugenie Bouchard seemed unfazed by it all when she stated, “I don’t know – an old guy asking you to twirl, it was funny.”

Serena Williams also chimed in, recalling her own personal experience, “It was fine,” she said. “I don’t think and look that deep into it. Life is far too short to focus on that. We have so many other problems we want to deal with that we should focus on. Whether I twirl or not, it’s not the end of the world.” Serena had just beaten Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 6-0 to progress to the last 32 of the Australian Open where her sister Venus joined her.

Sexist or not, Tennis is one of the most progressive sports in terms of giving women equal financial prizes and earnings for the Grand Slam tournaments, but in the same vein, there are also tournaments that are held exclusively for men.

On the mens front, Djokovic eased into the last 32 of the Australian Open with a straight sets win, winning the first 9 games of two sets before his challenger Andrey Kuznetsov got on the board. Nadal battled his way through cramp and some sort of injury to progress in a tough five set match the evening before, but Andy Murray stirred the pot when he posted this tweet in response to the media treatment of Nadal, versus the time he suffered similar issues on the court last year.

Back on the court, current mens single champion Stan Wawrinka beat Romanian qualifier, Marius Copil, winning 7-6, 7-6, 6-3, whilst Kei Nishikori battled back from a slow start to beat Ivan Dodig 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, 7-6.

Keep a look out for more tennis highlights and previews from the AccaWhacker team.

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