- Associated Press - Friday, January 17, 2014

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - A look at the fifth day of the Australian Open tennis championships on Friday:

WEATHER: High of 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) although a late-afternoon change dropped temperatures significantly, followed by evening rain showers which caused some delays to the schedule.

ATTENDANCE: Day session: 31,644; Night: 25.530; TOTAL: 57,174.

SEEDED WINNERS: Men: No. 2 Novak Djokovic, No. 3 David Ferrer, No. 7 Tomas Berdych, No. 8 Stanislaw Wawrinka (injury walkover), No. 15 Fabio Fognini, No. 17 Tommy Robredo, No. 19 Kevin Anderson.

Women: No. 1 Serena Williams, No. 4 Li Na, No. 9 Angelique Kerber, No. 14 Ana Ivanovic, No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova, No. 28 Flavia Pennetta, No. 30 Eugenie Bouchard.

SEEDED LOSERS: Men: No. 9 Richard Gasquet, No. 20 Jerzy Janowicz, No. 28 Vasek Pospisil (injury walkover), No. 29 Jeremy Chardy. Women: No. 17 Sam Stosur, No. 26 Lucie Safarova, No. 31 Daniela Hantuchova.

STAT OF THE DAY: 61 - record number of matches won by Serena Williams at the Australian Open, beating Margaret Court’s mark with her win Friday over Hantuchova.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Today I was completely kaput” - Janowicz after his straight-sets loss to Florian Mayer in the heat at Melbourne Park.

PLAYING SATURDAY: 3rd Round: No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 25 Gael Monfils, No. 4 Andy Murray vs. No. 26 Feliciano Lopez, No. 6 Roger Federer vs. Teymuraz Gabashvili; No. 2 Victoria Azarenka vs. Yvonne Meusburger, No. 3 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 25 Alize Cornet, No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

FORECAST SATURDAY: Cooler, finally, high of 23 C (73 F).



Click to Read More

Click to Hide