Animal protagonists in Melbourne: the seagulls stop the game and the Greek helps a terrified ball boy
The photo of the day from Day 8 of the Australian Open perfectly captures the two faces of the sport: victory on one side, defeat on the other, the two sides of the same coin played by Alizé Cornet and Simona Halep. After 63 attempts in her career, the Frenchwoman qualified for the first time in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament and could not hold back her tears after winning 6-4 3-6 6- 4 on the Romanian. The stunt that went around the world contains 17 years of attempts.
Hours after Sinner’s game, visited by a butterfly during the final interview, another insect peeks into Rod Laver Arena. However, the ball boy is too scared to approach, and this time the unwanted guest must necessarily be removed. The problem is solved by the Greek champion Stefanos Tstitsipas, who removes the unwanted guest from the camp and the girl.
From one species to another the step is short. During the daytime match session, it was again the wildlife that imposed its presence on the grounds of Melbourne Park with three gulls which interrupted the mixed doubles between Stosur-Ebden and Fourlis-Kubler. The unexpected invasion of the field on the Kia Arena forced the chair judge to stop the point and restart the players.
Heat stroke of the day
The hot shot of the day is entirely Made in Russia. A sprawling Daniil Medvedev showed all his elasticity and resistance in defense, asserting himself as the man to beat in this edition of the first Grand Slam of the season.
Beaten in a tough round of 16, the Frenchman naturalized American Maxime Cressy with a score of 6-2 7-6 (4) 6-7 (4) 7-5.
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January 24 – 4:35 p.m.
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