Mid-Australian Open Check-In: It’s Like BBQ Chicken

20Jan

We're checking in midway through this Australian Open, marked by a few welcome breakouts but high quality match-ups on the horizon. This episode's title borrows from Frances Tiafoe's impromptu description of Amanda Anisimova's decimation of Aryna Sabalenka. We recap the matches, the controversies, the fashion, and the issue that won't die: mid-match coaching.   

 

1:00 Andy Murray says goodbye ... for now ... maybe

5:30 Tsitsipas takes down 2-time defending champ Federer
8:40 Frances Tiafoe, an American many forgot
15:00 5 US women in the 4th round, and not who we thought
20:25 #HatchingandSnatching: Anisimova snatches the wig snatcher
25:45 Danielle Collins, a curious but certainly not boring figure
31:10 Serena storms through first few rounds
35:45 What's left in this draw: who is going to be the women's number one? Is RBA the real deal?
48:45 Walk walk fashion baby: Serena's romper; Rafa's sleeveless; and Nike rocks the classic black & white but misses with bunchy, ill-fitting skirts and shorts
54:00 Vika's revealing press conference
55:45 The "rules are rules" brigade created a monster: the double standard detectives
1:04:50 Get your G.E.M.S. life