Melbourne

Lost, Then Found, Muchova Knocks Out Barty

MELBOURNE/WASHINGTON, February 17, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Everything began sunny at the Australian Open in Melbourne Park on Wednesday. From the bright skies and 25º Celsius conditions that baked Rod Laver Arena in sunshine to World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty‘s […]

Australian Open: Fans Set To Return To Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE/STARNBERG, February 17, 2021 The Australian Open will be able to open its gates to fans for the last four days of the Grand Slam tournament. This was announced by the organizers on Wednesday. “We look forward to welcoming fans […]

For Tyzzer, Coaching Barty Is Not A Chore

MELBOURNE/WASHINGTON, February 16, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Craig Tyzzer began working with Ashleigh Barty on a full-time basis at the start of the 2016 season. He’s guided the affable Aussie from winning her first WTA Tour singles title at Kuala […]

Osaka, Williams Sweep Their Way To Australian Open Semifinals

MELBOURNE/WASHINGTON, February 16, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) After Naomi Osaka secured her berth in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round of the Australian Open, she let out an audible sigh during her post-match interview on Rod Laver Arena when she was told she […]

Simona Versus Serena In Aussie Showcase

MELBOURNE/WASHINGTON, February 15, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) As the Australian Open women’s quarterfinals begin Tuesday at Melbourne Park, one of the showcases of the Aussie fortnight will be a prime-time showdown between World No. 2 Simona Halep of Romania and […]

What A Difference A Year Makes, Ask Pegula

MELBOURNE/WASHINGTON, February 15, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) My, how things can change in a year. Just ask American Jessica Pegula. A year ago, Pegula bowed in the first round of the Australian Open to fellow American Taylor Townsend in straight […]

Trio of Americans Rooting For One Another

MELBOURNE/WASHINGTON, February 14, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Three American women – none of them named Serena Williams – highlight play in the upper half of the women’s singles draw at the Australian Open on Monday. Unseeded Jessica Pegula starts the […]

Osaka, Hsieh Set Up Melbourne Quarterfinal

MELBOURNE/WASHINGTON, February 14, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) As the second week of the Australian Open commenced without fans at Melbourne Park on Sunday, five Grand Slam champions looked to gain passage into the quarterfinal round. Indeed, Day Seven was an […]

Plenty of Star Power As Australian Open Reaches Second Week

MELBOURNE/WASHINGTON, February 13, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) The Australian Open has reached the second week – albeit without fans at least through Wednesday, due to a surge in COVID-19 in Melbourne. With both the men’s and women’s singles draws narrowed […]

Muchova Wins Battle Of Karolinas In Melbourne

MELBOURNE/WASHINGTON, February 13, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Watch World No. 6 Karolina Pliskova and 25th seed Karolina Muchova long enough and you’ll realize this: There are absolutely no secrets between the two Czech players, who faced off at the Australian […]