Li Na, who always enjoys solid support and boasts a decent record at Melbourne Park, couldn't help but smile on her way back to the players' lounge after beating Olga Govortsova of Belarus to reach the third round at the Australian Open.
French Open champion Rafa Nadal will make his long-awaited comeback from injury at next month's Brazil Open, the ATP confirmed on Tuesday.
Australia's Samantha Stosur blew a 5-2 lead in the final set to continue her dismal run in her home grand slam, losing 6-4 1-6 7-5 to China's Zheng Jie on Wednesday.
What happened last week doesn't mean anything today as the Zheng-Stosur battle remains unpredictable, said Aussies coach.
Media have been used to pack the main interview room at the Australian Open for glimpses of either Roger Federer's stylish speech or Novak Djokovic's witty humor after their big winning nights.
China's 21-year-old Wu Di made history by becoming the first Chinese man to have played a Grand Slam match although he was ousted by Ivan Dodig of Croatia in the first round at the Australian Open.
Chinses sports fans's longely accumulated vigor for a national hail were defused as Wu Di,the first man from Chinese mainland in the Open Era qualifying for the main draw of a Grand Slam ,lost his match on Tuesday in the first round of Australian Open.
Wu Di's Australian Open adventure lasted little more than three hours with a first-round exit on Tuesday, but China's first man to play the main draw of a grand slam in the professional era relished every minute of his debut on a windswept minor court.
Having gone through ups and downs of professional tennis for 12 years, Peng Shuai, China's youngest star on the WTA Tour, remains fresh and positive about the game.
Novak Djokovic served up only flashes of his best tennis on the opening day of the Australian Open but took a comfortable first step on the path he hopes will lead to an unprecedented hat-trick of titles at Melbourne Park in two weeks' time.
China's Wu Di faces vastly greater expectations in Melbourne.
Veteran Zheng Jie's opening match was much harder than she expected, but the Chinese world No 40 was happy to be pushed all the way by a teenage compatriot.