Musings from Melbourne Day 2: Madison Keys toughs out a win

Tuesday January 19th, 2016

Each day, Musings from Melbourne will feature a series of questions about the 2016 Australian Open and quick thoughts, analysis and news from Sports Illustrated's executive editor Jon Wertheim. 

Were you surprised at Venus Williams’s loss to Johanna Konta?

The one sort of dirty secret of these events is that in the first few days, there are so many matches going on that you sometimes miss the action and just see the result.

Sloane Stephens played yesterday while Serena was in action, so very few people saw that match, but her loss was mystifying. Venus’ result on Tuesday was equally puzzling.

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It’s funny because Nick Kyrgios is a big star of this tournament—there was a huge line of players to watch him play—so you very much have this old star/new star theme. Hewitt, on paper, ought to win his match against his countryman James Duckworth. If he were playing Roger Federer, you’d sort of say this was a nice send-off, but considering the opponent, it would be unfortunate for him to go off on what realistically would be a disappointing defeat.

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