Little light here for Vesnina, who has never beat Azarenka in three meetings, losing all of them in straight sets including this past October in Beijing 6-3 6-3.
So where will Wozniacki drop in the rankings? Came in No.10 and had QF points to defend. 12 to 15???
On Hisense: Chardy up 4-2 in the second set after dropping the first to Andreas Seppi, 7-5. Pretty much a dead heat in that one. This is their first meeting.
Vesnina hankering to win a game here. Azarenka up 4-0 in just 17 minutes. Elena beat Caroline Garcia, Varvara Lepchenko and Roberta Vinci to equal her best effort at the Australian Open.
Challenge a no go for Vesnina, who loses the opening set to Azarenka 6-1 in 29 minutes. Any let down for Vika on court like against Hampton? Doesn't look like it'll happen today.
Chardy now a break up on Seppi on Hisense in the third. They split the first two sets.
From game point Azarenka double faults twice and then sprays a backhand wide to give Vesnina her first break of the match and a 1-0 lead in the second set.
"Yeah, it was small things that made a difference. I think maybe if I'd have gotten just one of the breakpoints obviously you can say if and if, but, you know, maybe just have gone a bit more for it at the time." - Wozniacki in press following her three-set loss to Kuznetsova.
Fergus Murphy to man in audience: "Sir, may we have our ball back please? [Man throws ball back to court.] ... Thank you."
While the Wozniacki-Kuznetsova match couldn't have been closer, the Vesnina-Azarenka match is anything but. Vika putting her stamp on it and looking to seal soon, up 6-1 3-1 in 47 minutes.
Chardy has taken the second and third sets by 6-2 and 6-3 over Seppi. A second-straight upset for the Frenchman on Hisense? Fourth underway.
Next up on Rod Laver Arena? The Frenchmen take over! Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Richard Gasquet. Should we grab some bread and cheese to go along with our popcorn? Yum!
Kuznetsova in press: "I don't remember when I have this tattoo [on her arm]. I don't keep a tattoo diary."
Chardy and Seppi at 2-all in the fourth set with the Frenchman leading by two sets to one against the seed.
Tsonga breaks AT LOVE for 1-0 in the first against Gasquet.
See you later, Poppers! Off to cover Tsonga-Gasquet :)
Hey popcorners! Signing on as Mr McCarvel turns his attention to the all-French battle on RLA, after which he shall wow you with a scintillating feature.