It’s blazing hot at Rod Laver Arena and Cornet is melting with it. The Frenchwoman’s aggression helped her take the first set, but since then her form has fallen off a cliff, and the second set with it. Long rallies in the heat can’t help either player. Cornet has been putting an ice pack on her head during changes of ends and Halep repeatedly leans on her racket for support. The Romanian leads 1-0 in the decider.
Good morning, racket fans. It’s time for another day of highly tense action at Melbourne Park as the tournament turns serious. The day is hot and sweaty, as are the players. Mid 30’s on the temp gauge and high humidity with the sun. Electrolytes during the day, electric lights at night.
Only one result so far today, which is that American Danielle Collins (seeded 27) has eliminated cunning Belgian Elise Mertens (seeded 19) for a place in the women’s singles quarters.