Maria Sharapova wore an ice vest. A ball girl had to be treated for heat illness. Caroline Wozniacki saw her water bottle melt. Peng Shuai vomited. It became very hot at the Australian Open yesterday--108 degrees Fahrenheit, to be exact. Tournament administrators are said to be discussing possibility to closing all of the courts except those with roofs during the current heat wave. I don't think it will happen because too many days will be lost.
Can you imagine what this would be like if the tournament still had the old rebound ace surface? Most of the players would have ankle injuries because the courts would be such a sticky mess. As it is, ankle injuries occur, anyway. Jelena Jankovic rolled her ankle and hurt her knee in her first round match against Misaki Doi, but prevailed in straight sets.
Defending champion Victoria Azarenka had a difficult time with Johanna Larsson in the first set, but then dominated the second set, winning 7-6, 6-2. Azarenka often looks uncomfortable in early rounds, but she gets through them. Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska (playing three crazy sets and hitting nine aces), Simon Halp, and Sloane Stephens all advanced. 2013 quarterfinalist Svetlana Kuznetsova, however, was beaten in straight sets by Elina Svitolina.
Two recommended second round matches coming up today are Sam Stosur vs. Tsvetana Pironkova, and Zheng Jie vs. Madison Keys. One is the featured night match, and the other comes on very late in the U.S., so I may have to miss both of them.