It’s searing hot at Rod Laver Arena and Cornet is melting with it. The Frenchwoman’s aggression helped her take the first set but her form has since fallen off a cliff, and the second set with it. Long rallies in the heat can’t be helping either player. Cornet has been plonking an ice pack on her head during changes of ends and Halep is repeatedly leaning on her racket for support. The Romanian leads 1-0 in the decider.
G’day, racket freaks. It’s time for another day of highly strung action at Melbourne Park, as the tournament gets serious. The day is hot and sweaty, as are the players. Mid-30s on the temperature gauge and plenty of humidity with the sunshine. Electrolytes in the daytime, electric lights in the evening.
Only one result so far today, which is that American Danielle Collins (seeded 27th) has knocked out the wily Belgian Elise Mertens (seeded 19th) for a place in the women’s singles quarters.