2021 Australian Open: Ann Li Making Noise

Taylor Fritz and Ann Li win

Melbourne, Australia

Li Amongst American Winners

[10] Serena Williams defeated [99] Nina Stojanovic (SRB) 6-3, 6-0.

[69] Ann Li defeated [54] Alize Cornet (FRA) 6-2, 7-6 (6).

Americans Reilly Opelka and [27] Taylor Fritz also knew that their stay at the Australian Open had the potential to end in a bittersweet manner.  They are good friends and they had to play each other to advance to the third round of this major.  It looked for all the world that Opelka would be the one advancing after his friend almost choked the fourth set away; however, tennis is a matter of inches and mindset.  Fritz won in a grueling five setter 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-2.

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American Losses In Round 2

The minute the men’s draw was revealed, American Frances Tiafoe knew deep inside that his stay at the Australian Open was destined to end early.  Yet, credit the Tiafoe who made the number one seed fight hard to win the match in four sets. Tiafoe lost to [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (2), 3-6.

Maxime Cressy lost to [6] Alexander Zverev (GER) 5-7, 4-6, 3-6.

Venus Williams lost to the qualifier, [134] Sara Errani, 1-6, 0-6.

Bernarda Pera lost a three-setter to [83] Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 4-6, 6-3, 3-6.

Day 3 Surprises Down Under

[8] Bianca Andreescu (CAN) lost to [71] Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 3-6, 2-6.

[9] Petra Kvitova (CZE) lost to [68] Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 4-6, 6-1, 1-6.

[17] Elena Rybakina (KAZ) lost to the fiery French woman, [46] Fiona Ferro 4-6, 4-6.

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Special Mention: Canadian Players

[11] Denis Shapovalov defeated the Australian under-achiever, [233] Bernard Tomic, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.

[14] Milos Raonic defeated [71] Corentin Moutet (FRA) 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-1, 6-4.

[20] Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated [105] James Duckworth (AUS) 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.

Qualifier, [317] Rebecca Marino, is back playing tennis after her battle with “depression”.  Major congratulations to her for showing up and fighting.  She lost to [19] Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 1-6, 5-7.

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