18.3.2020 03:55 pm
Organisers said strict confinement measures imposed by the French government to tackle Covid-19 had made it impossible to continue with preparations.
The global tennis calendar has been thrown into further chaos after a decision by French Open organisers to postpone the Grand Slam, with players and rival tournaments critical of the apparently unilateral move.
There certainly wasn’t a lack of interesting incidents at the first Grand Slam of the year.
But it took a mid-match re-think for the Serbian to subdue Dominic Thiem and claim a record-extending eighth title.
After struggling in the first set, the passionate American clicks into gear to lift her first Glam Slam title.
The enigmatic Serb has distinguished himself with his willingness to turn to the unusual.
He becomes the first Austrian ever to reach the showpiece game in Melbourne.
The Serb recovers from a tentative start to ease to victory.
The Romanian fourth seed had not dropped a set in reaching the last four, but she lost her cool.
Kenin will play either Romania’s fourth seed Simona Halep or unseeded Garbine Muguruza in Saturday’s final.
Thiem added that he was ecstatic at beating “a great champion” and “really proud how I stayed in the match”, which he called “an epic”.
The pair enjoy one of world sport’s greatest rivalries and will be facing each other on Thursday for a 50th time stretching back to 2006.
The Serbian legend win his Aussie Open quarterfinal.
It’s not like it’s the biggest tennis match ever on South African soil…