There was more drama on day four of the 2014 Australian Open on Thursday in Melbourne, with the conditions taking centre stage once more.
Play was actually called off this time when the elements conspired to produce the required conditions for the ‘extreme heat policy’ to finally kick in – but perplexingly not on all of the courts.
Maria Sharapova was made to play on until 10-8 in the third in sweltering heat as other courts stopped, leading the Russian to quite rightly call for clarity on what the policy actually entails.
Meanwhile it was a perfect day for my bets, as Christina McHale took the required set from Caroline Wozniacki and Ajla Tomljanovic did more than enough to cover the handicap against Sloane Stephens. Indeed, Ajla served for the match at one stage before losing 7-5 in the decider.
Friday’s play in Melbourne features the start of the third round and there’s no respite for the players, as its set to be sunny and 40 degrees Celsius again.