Tennis: Open furnace 'right on the limit' as Djokovic staggers on

Caroline Wozniacki wipes sweat from her face while playing Jana Fett at the Australian Open. – AP

Caroline Wozniacki wipes sweat from her face while playing Jana Fett at the Australian Open. – AP

There's the lure of trophies, endorsement deals and the fatter pay cheques that invariably come with a rise up the rankings.

"Push on, there's too much talk about heat", Kornes said on Sportsday SA on Thursday evening.

The 23-year-old Muguruza broke Ponchet's serve four times and conceded her serve only once during the match, which lasted one hour and 24 minutes.

Roger Federer has weighed in on the ongoing pay row between the players and administrators, saying tournament organisers could "pay more". That being said, I don't think Monfils can force a fifth.

The reigning Wimbledon champion was also forced to withdraw from the Sydney International due to these issues, but on Tuesday appeared to have moved past them.

But what raises eyebrows is that Sharapova perhaps got a lighter sentence compared to other top sportspersons like Lance Armstrong, who after long-term doping offences were uncovered in 2012, had his seven Tour de France wins nullified. There is growth. There is still a lot of work that has to be done.

She said: "I felt like I got a lot of things out of the way physically, emotionally and mentally last year".

Players are urged to keep themselves hydrated and use ice wrapped in towels to cool off at changeovers in the draining weather.

Djokovic and Monfils were both hurting, though anyone who saw the match will know Monfils was doing it worse.

Maria Sharapova was set to take on Anastasija Sevastova at the start of play Thursday on an expected day of scorching temperatures at the Australian Open. "I think you deal with whatever comes", Konta said on whether organizers should close roofs. "At the US Open she was fresher".

Organizers are hoping to ride the groundswell of competition at a local level to build on the sport's broader appeal.

She is now guided by prominent Belgian coach Wim Fissette, who split with Romanian top seed Simona Halep at the end of the 2016 season.

Extreme heat - and the decision to play or not to play - is, indeed, complex and difficult to understand. That's seriously impressive stuff.

"It's been a couple of years since I've been back here - obviously I wanted to enjoy the moment", Sharapova said after closing her win over Maria with an ace, then blowing kisses to the crowd.

At Wimbledon in 2014, the Canadian beat Halep in the semifinals before advancing to the final, where she lost to Petra Kvitova.

American Sam Querrey is out of the Australian Open after losing his second-round match 6-4, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2 to 80th-ranked Marton Fucsovics of Hungary.

"It's just this human factor of the chair umpire really putting an effort to understand what's happening, really understanding the game, the dynamics of the points, the conditions and how that affects it all". Couldn't feel like fresh.

"No, I had a more toughest match under the heat previous years in Australian Open, but today was - it was hot, but I don't think was the hottest day", she said.

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