Garbiñe Muguruza and Johanna Konta have made for one of the high-class most of the Matches of the second round at this Australian Open, the Spaniard won 6:4 6:7 (3) 7:5 – and the ranks in Melbourne were still almost empty.
The reason for the Spectators: The Match had only begun to 0.30 PM. Never a duel in the history of the Australian was left Open later. In the decisive match ball, the clock showed 3.12, since most of the people had left the Margaret Court Arena already. Pictures show how the remaining spectators sit amongst empty seats, some yawning, others dozing. The news Agency AP writes of a few Hundred of the occupied ranks. The Arena holds 7500 places.
On the square top of tennis, in the stands, taking a NAP
“I can’t believe that this time someone’s watching,” said Muguruza after her success. “We play for you,” said she: “Why else are we here?”
The late start of the match was the result of two previous Five-set duels at the men on the same Court. Kei Nishikori needed for his victory over Ivo Karlovic 3:48 hours, Alexander Zverev beat Jérémy Chardy played almost as long (3:46 hours), in addition, two other games took place on the Court. And the encounter between Muguruza and Konta took with 2:42 hours longer than any other women’s singles of the day.
A Conta Fan, probably
so Far, was the encounter between Daria Gavrilova and Elise Mertens last year, the Australian Open Match with the latest onset (at 23:59).
The record for the latest match the end remains, however. In 2008, defeated Australian Lleyton Hewitt, the Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis. Match Ball: 4:34 PM.