Kim Clijsters displayed yet more of the ominous form that
has made her one of the favourites to triumph here in Melbourne with a
double-quick demolition of Carla Suarez Navarro in the second round.
Clijsters's comeback since giving birth has been nothing
short of spectacular but she is the first to admit that should another bambino
come bouncing along, that would be that for her career.
The good news for tennis fans is that she isn't going down
that road just yet. How do we know? Todd Woodbridge, that's how.
The former doubles ace and now broadcaster is as unlikely a
source of this kind of news as possible but he displayed all of his newfound journalistic
nous to somehow elicit from Clijsters details of her future family planning,
albeit totally unwittingly.
In a nutshell, Woodbridge had sent a text message to former
world number one doubles player Rennae Stubbs highlighting Kim's "grumpy
face and big boobs" in Sydney last week. He made the 'obvious' (for a man)
deduction that the Belgian must be pregnant again.
She is not. And understandably she was a little put out at
the observation. So she decided to get her own back - in the most public of
ways. She challenged Woodbridge over the text as he was interviewing her on
court at the end of her game.
Watch what happened next here:
It was of course all good fun, much in keeping with the rest
of post-match interviews at the tournament, which seem now to represent a great
opportunity for players to prove to their adoring public just how normal they
Tennis players can have a laugh too, you know. Further proof
provided below by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
You wouldn't think Australia's cricketers would be able to
have a laugh at the moment, what with their Ashes humiliation and all, but Peter
Siddle showed he's slowly getting over that particular disappointment with a
net session at the MCG, just over the road from Melbourne Park.
His student of the day? A certain Caroline Wozniacki. The women's
world number one, fresh from her trip to the zoo earlier in the week, took time
out to learn how to play the gentleman's game, with Siddle and fellow Victoria
Bushranger Aaron Finch showing her the ropes.
Word has it - and to be fair the photo backs this view up - that
Caroline wasn't really all that much cop with the bat and struggled to even
make contact, spoiling any potential jokes about her being able to teach the comprehensively
beaten Aussies a thing or two.
FIGURE OF THE DAY:
64,263. The total number of spectators at Melbourne Park on a gloriously sunny day
four. And they stayed in their droves for the evening session too, when queues
were 20-deep at every entrance to Margaret Court Arena, where Andy Murray was
the star attraction in his straight sets win over Illya Marchenko of Ukraine.
POTENTIAL UPSET OF
DAY FIVE: Tramlines somehow managed to redeem itself with last night's
clairvoyance (but won't brag about it), so it will have another go today: Andrea
Petkovic to beat Venus Williams. Why? Simply because Venus is carrying an
injury and who knows how long her groin will hold up? Or her dress, for that
It's back after a brief absence, so let us know what's going on in this photo
of Rafa Nadal, which is actually a day old, but nevertheless still worthy of inclusion.