Australian Open Matches Overshadowed by Medical Emergency

Australian Open

In Melbourne, Australia, it was a medical emergency that dominated the matches on adjoining courts at the Australian Tennis Open. Murray’s father in law, who is also Ivanovic’s coach was rushed to a hospital nearby while their matches were still in progress.

Murray beat Joao Sousa ranked number 32 and skipped the on-court interviews after signing some autographs to check on the welfare of his father in law. Ivanovic playing Madison Keys in her third round game was in the lead when her match was stopped. In only three days, this was the second time that her progress was interrupted, today it was Sears her coach who needed medical attention, the previous interruption was a spectator who fell on the stairs and the second round match had a half-hour delay.

While 2008 finalist Ivanovic was leading before the game was stopped she lost six of the last seven games to number 15 seeded Madison Keys. Murray’s game was not stopped but the news filtered through as he finished and his brother was keeping track on Sears’s health. Only Sousa was available to comment on the episode as tournament organizers said Ivanovic, Murray and Keys would not be available for interviews. Murray’s next match is against Bernard Tomic currently ranked number 16, their match is scheduled for Monday.

In other matches played earlier Victoria Azarenka dropped her opening game without winning a point but recovered to beat Naomi Osaka. Azarenka is now emerging as a favourite in the lower half of the draw after number 3 Garbine Muguruza, lost in the third round and Simona Halep currently ranked as the number 2 went out in her first round.

Milos Raonic dedicated his victory in the third round over Troicki to victims of a shooting in Saskatchewan, Canada, which left four victims dead and at least two mor
e injured.