photo credit:Bas Van Uyen
Australian Open 2010 Schedule of Play:
Make sure you watch the big matches over the next 4 days the tennis promises to be great and intriguing as some major upsets are very possible including Victoria Azarenka (pictured above), in her quarter final against No.1 seed Serena Williams.
Azarenka is a champion waiting to happen thus far in her career she has been mentally weak and emotionally fragile when playing with a lead on the big occasions. In her 1st semi final of a Grand Slam her improvement is now snow balling. Azarenka made her first Grand Slam quarter final in the last Grand Slam event, the 2009 US Open.
In her comeback victory over No.9 seed Vera Zvonareva the 20 year old Belarusian looks like she may just have found the mental strength and resolve to realise her potentially World No.1 game to where it could be. Her mindset has let her down in the past but she may have turned the corner and be ready to win a Grand Slam title.
When the matches are scheduled for the various semi finals and when the women play and when the men play seems to be a poorly publicised aspect of the Australian Open. In terms of maximising how many people watch the event, this is a large failure by the Australian Open.
The Australian Open, in terms of ticket sales really fails to recognise that people will be motivated to buy more tickets IF they know that they will be able to see their favourite player. For example OCA was contacted to verify when Henin would be playing so that this particular OnCourt Advantage subscriber could buy the correct session tickets to see her favourite player that she was flying to Australia to see.
Let’s clear it up for you! The women’s and men’s semi finals and both singles finals are scheduled to be played on the following days and times.
Thursday 28 January Women’s Singles Semi Finals: In the Day Session and not before 1:30pm Melbourne time (that’s 10:30am in Hong Kong on Channel 671) both women’s semi finals will be played one after the other.
The tournament has the right to choose which match will be played first however according to the order of play throughout the event thus far, the bottom half of the women’s draw has occurred the day before the top half of the draw. By following this order you can pretty much guarantee that Justine Henin versus Zheng Jie will be the first match on court.
Henin and Zheng won their quarter finals on Tuesday 26 January so it wouldn’t be fair to the winners of today’s quarter finals to have such a short rest and play first tomorrow. Therefore, either Azarenka or Serena Williams will play the winner of Li Na and Venus Williams immediately after the Henin/Zheng semi final.
Thursday 28 January Men’s Singles Semi Final at 7:30pm: In the Night Session and not before 7:30pm Melbourne time (that’s 4:30pm in Hong Kong on Channel 671) the bottom of the draw for the men’s draw has also been played a day before the top of the draw so, following that order No.14 seed Marin Cilic will play No.5 seed Andy Murray a day before the top half of the draw’s men’s semi final is played.
Friday 29 January Men’s Singles Semi Final at 7:30pm: In the Night Session and not before 7:30pm Melbourne time (that’s 4:30pm in Hong Kong on Channel 671) the top half of the draw for the men’s event will be played. This is because it has been played a day later than the bottom half of the draw throughout this tournament. This means that the winner of (1) Roger Federer and (6) Nikolay Davydenko will play the winner of (3) Novak Djokovic and (10) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
This a very contentious issue as the bottom half of the draw is favoured with this format used by the Australian Open by providing far more rest to one of the players (either Cilic or Murray), in the final.
Saturday 30 January Women’s Singles Final at 7:30pm: In the Night Session and not before 7:30pm Melbourne time (that’s 4:30pm in Hong Kong on Channel 671) the final of the women’s singles event will be played.
Sunday 31 January Men’s Singles Final at 7:30pm: In the Night Session and not before 7:30pm Melbourne time (that’s 4:30pm in Hong Kong on Channel 671) the final of the women’s singles event will be played.
For more coverage and information about the 2010 Australian Open and click this link -> Australian Open 2010: Jan 13-31.
Today’s POST is dedicated to Marat Safin. Safin was born on this day in 1980. The Russian won 2 Grand Slam singles titles including the 2000 US Open crown and the 2005 Australian Open title. Safin retired on 11 November 2009 at the Paris Masters 1000 event. He first achieved his highest career ranking of World No.1 on 20 November 2000.
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