The Australian Open 2014 live stream and televised coverage schedule brings tennis action to sports fans on Wednesday, Jan. 15 as some of the game's top stars on the men's and women's sides look to advance to the next round. A few of them already have, as of the latest updated scores, but there's plenty more tennis to be played. The latest televised and live stream Australian Open coverage will arrive from ESPN, Tennis Channel and other sources on Wednesday.
According to Washington Times on Jan. 15, several of the game’s top women’s and men’s stars have both advanced as of the second round of the tournament. Serena Williams was able to complete a rout with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Vesna Dolonc, while Novak Djokovic won despite a brief injury scare. The No. 2 seed won 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 over Leonardo Mayer of Argentina. However, there was one point in their match when Djokovic “turned over on his left ankle, tumbling to the court.” He said of the near tournament-ending injury for him:
"It was just I slipped a little bit. It was an instant discomfort, but it was OK after."
One of the big stories so far at the tournament has been the sweltering and at times, unhealthy, heat with temperatures topping 108 degrees on Tuesday. A Grand Slam record of nine retirements was set for the first round, and even Serena Williams was worried about how the heat might affect her game, telling the media:
“I kept waking up in the middle of the night last night just paranoid. I just wanted to stay hydrated. The last thing I want to do is to cramp in this weather. It can happen so easy.”
Next up, Serena Williams will play No. 31-seed Daniela Hantuchova who survived over 3 hours on the court to win her match. Also winning in the second round were No. 3 David Ferrer, No. 7 Tomas Berdych and No. 9 Richard Gasquet, among others from the top 25 seeds.
On Wednesday, there will be live and replay action shown from several of the courts including Day 4 coverage of Margaret Court Arena, Hisense Arena and Rod Laver Arena with Court 6 and 8, as well as Show Court 2 and 3 all on display through ESPN3’s live streaming feeds. Start time for the various live online video coverage is 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. ESPN2 will have live coverage on television from the Australian Open from 9 p.m. EST through 7 a.m. EST, while the Tennis Channel is advertising live second round coverage from 7 to 9 p.m. EST.
Some of the major stars in action for Wednesday’s Day 4 or Second Round coverage (Thursday in Australia) will include the No. 6 seed Roger Federer who will play against Slovakia’s Blaz Kavcic at Hisense Arena. The No. 4 seed Andy Murray takes on Vincent Millot of France, while No. 3 women’s seed Maria Sharapova will play Karin Knapp of Italy. The No. 1 men’s seed Rafael Nadal takes the court at Rod Laver Arena to play Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia earlier in the day.
As of this report it is unknown which matchups will be displayed on ESPN3's various live video feeds, but with the option to switch between them, tennis fans may be able to enjoy some of their favorite men's and/or women's stars in action on the court. The latest Australian Open schedule can be viewed here.