Showing frustration on the court is pretty standard for tennis players, but it ended badly for 17-year-old Italian player Maria Vittoria Viviani. Viviani was disqualified from the junior girls tournament at the Australian Open after she hit a ball kid with a ball in frustration on Sunday. Viviani had just lost a point from an unforced error against her Chinese opponent Xin Yu Wang in the first set.
He was queried about the impromptu concert by Jim Courier during a light-hearted, on-court interview Sunday. "I think I found a weakness in you," the retired four-time grand slam winner began. "I thought it was terrible acoustics in that room," Federer countered, drawing laughs from his adoring public at Rod Laver Arena. "I thought Tommy saved us. He sang the song many, many times. "And Grigor, I think he just looks good. His voice is terrible," smiled Federer, referring to his pal, the former boyfriend of Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams. Federer's vocal skills may be up for debate but nothing's wrong with his tennis at the midway point of the Australian Open. Indeed many could pose the question:
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni could barely contain her joy after continuing her remarkable run at the Australian Open to reach her first grand slam quarter-final since the 1999 Wimbledon championships on Monday. The 34-year-old, who won the Australian Open doubles with Martina Hingis in 1998 at the age of 15, bounced up and down with fists clenched in triumph after dispatching American Jennifer Brady 6-4 6-2 in little over an hour. Personal problems, including alleged abuse at the hands of her father, cut the heart out of her career but Lucic-Baroni has battled her way back from the very bottom of the game after returning to tennis in 2008.