The fourth day of play at the 2013 Australian Open will get underway tonight shortly after 7:00 p.m. on the East Coast and the Tennis Channel has you covered for the prime time hours.
With ESPN2 having college basketball doubleheaders the next two nights, Tennis Channel’s live window will be from 7-11 Eastern before shifting over to ESPN2 for the end of the day session in Melbourne and the night session.
ESPN2 will have coverage after basketball is over until play concludes for the day or it is 7 a.m. Thursday—whichever comes later.
With the extra coverage on Tennis Channel, they should be featuring both the major women’s matches at Rod Laver Arena.
Top seed Victoria Azarenka will be on first for her second-round test against Eleni Daniilidou from Greece. The 29-year-old Daniilidou is ranked No. 94 in the world.
Most eyes, however, will be on Serena Williams.
Williams will return from injuring her ankle during her 6-0, 6-0 first-round drubbing of Edina Gallovits-Hall.
How that ankle holds up will be the storyline of the rest of the first week. She will put it to the test against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the second match on Rod Laver.
The main men’s match in the Tennis Channel window will be played at Hisense Arena. Andy Murray will play in the second match on the show court against Joao Sousa of Portugal.
ESPN2 should have a good lineup as well when they take over coverage.
We will know if Serena’s ankle is doing well if she plays her first-round doubles match with her big sister, Venus. They are the last scheduled match on Show Court No. 2 and will be playing against Camila Giorgi and Stefanie Voegele.
The night session will have some star power as well.
Petra Kvitova will close the session against Laura Robson.
The other good night session match will be played at Margaret Court Arena where No. 6 seed Juan Martin Del Potro will take on Benjamin Becker.
When the night ends in Melbourne, so will the second round as the Round of 32 starts Friday.