Finally after many expectations, fears, controversies, controversies and hopes, the Australian Open 2021 has begun, the first Grand Slam of the season that will be played at Melbourne Park from 8 to 21 February, with the presence of a part of the crowd in the stands.
All the greatest tennis players on the planet have therefore made an appointment in Melbourne to play one of the most fascinating and important sporting events of the sporting season, the first real appointment with great tennis after the appetizer of the ATP and WTA events in Melbourne the week before the Australian Open.
There is no Roger Federer, who will return on the court in the next ATP Doha event. The number one of the seeding Ashleigh Barty, from 6-1 2-1, loses the support and can not even find real countermeasures on serve. With the Czech Karolina Muchova - more aggressive and above all less foul - who wins five of the following six games and forces the matter to the third with ringworm.
After the decisive break, at least apparently, the fear for the Czech takes the form of a 15-40. Having overcome the obstacle, Muchova strengthens his advantage near the finish line and just near the finish line contains the last attempt to recover.
She finishes 1-6 6-3 6-2 after just under two hours of play.