The Bird Mess Creates a New Record at the Australian Open 2019

January 18, 2019 4:32 pm

The two-time Grand Slam champion, Garibine Muguruza and the British Number one Johanna Konta waited for almost three and a half hours to play their second round match in the sporting capital of Australian, Melbourne. They started off with their match at 12.30 am and the match was at first scheduled at 9.00 pm (local time), the delay was all because there wasn’t enough staff to clean all of the bird mess off the court. The tennis officials thought of moving their match to court number 3, and the unavailability of adequate staff at an un-time created the delay in the Australian Open 2019.

Initially, they waited for the epic five-setter match of Alexander Zverev and Jeremey Chardy to get over. And then the bird mess and the shortage of staff in the Melbourne Park held up their encounter. The match between Muguruza and Konta is now the latest ever match to start at the Australian Open which has beaten the record of Daria Gavrilova against Elise Mertens last year, where the match started at 11.59pm. The Spaniard battled against Konta and crashed her out 6-4 6-7 7-5 in the round-of-64 of the Australian Open 2019. They concluded with the match at 3.12 am with Muguruza closing it out with an ace. The latest finish at the Aussie Open still remains the one in the year 2008, when Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis played a five-set match that finished at 4.33am.

Up next, the 18th seed Muguruza will take on the Swiss tennis player, Timea Bacsinszky in the third round of the Australian Open 2019. Venus Williams will be competing against the top-top-seeded Romanian, Simona Halep. While her sister Serena play the 18-year-old Ukrainian, Dayana Yastremska in the third round of the Melbourne major. Maria Sharapova has defeated the third-seeded reigning champion of the Aussie Open, Caroline Wozniacki and reverses a place for herself in the fourth round where she will play the 15th seed Australian, Ashleigh Barty.

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