MELBOURNE – Two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza emerged triumphant in the latest women’s match ever held at the Australian Open after defeating Briton Johanna Konta in the early hours of Friday morning.
Muguruza and Konta’s match on Margaret Court Arena did not start until 12.30am on Friday morning – a record at the season-opening Grand Slam – and finished with a 6-4 6-7 (3/7) 7-5 victory for the Spaniard two hours and 42 minutes later at 3.12am.
The start was delayed when the men’s match between Alexander Zverev and Jeremy Chardy turned into three-hour, 46-minute epic, ending 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 5-7 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 for Germany’s Zverev.
“I’ll go get some breakfast now,” Muguruza joked after wrapping up the win to set up a third-round clash with Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland.
The previous record for the latest start was set last year when a second-round match between Daria Gavrilova and Elise Mertens began at 11.59pm.