The organization of the Australian Open 2021 has long been troubled because of the global COVID-19 pandemic that has plagued the world. In the state of Victoria there have been many protests, related to direct flights to Australia, which have brought new positives to the country and a lot of controversy.
Controversy also for the different quarantine between top-players and other tennis players, in Adelaide and Melbourne. But now it's time to play, now it's time to rewrite history. Meanwhile players are playing tournaments in preparation for the Australian Slam: the ATP Cup, the ATP Great Ocean Road Open, the ATP Murray River Open, the WTA Gippsland Trophy and the WTA Yarra Valley Classic, all in Melbourne.
At the Gippsland Trophy, Simona Halep stumbled into a sensational defeat, indeed a sensational tennis lesson, against the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, who defeated the Romanian for 6-2 6-1. Below you can watch the highlights of the match.