Perhaps the second best thing to emerge from tonight’s Nadal/Wawrinka showdown (apart from Wawrinka’s surprise win) was the #IdontunderStan hashtag on Twitter. Perfectly encapsulating the sentiment of the crowd and probably Wawrinka himself, the tag referred to Wawrinka’s sudden loss of control after Nadal sought treatment for a back injury.
Thankfully, Wawrinka got his head back in the game and things started to make sense again.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 26, 2014
— ruach (@ruach13) January 26, 2014
Li Na-iled it
Who knew that, as well as being an absolute star tennis player, Chinese world No. 4 and this year’s Australian Open champion Li Na was also a comedian? Following her win last night, she took to the stage and offered up pearls of brilliance such as:
“Max, agent, make me rich, thanks a lot.”
“Now, of course, my husband, you’re famous in China. Thanks him with everything, travelling with me as my hitting partner. Fix the drinks, fix the racquet. He do a good job. So thanks a lot, you’re a nice guy … Also, you’re so lucky. Found me.”
You can read our excusive interview with the champ (who deserves her own talk show) here.
Celebs at the men’s final
That’s a wrap!
After two weeks of on and off court hijinks, the people’s tournament must come to an end, but not without a dramatic, emotionally-charged stand-off between Stanislas Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal. Here’s a look at the highlights, and lowlights, of the past fortnight.
David Ferrer shoving a linesman.
Bernard Tomic pulling out in the first round. And getting booed.
(Depending on how you look at it) Eugenie Bouchard admitting that her celebrity crush was Justin Bieber.
The crowd booing Nadal when he took an injury timeout in the men’s final.
Australian Marinko Matosevic blaming his coach, umpire and pretty much everyone else but himself for his first-round loss to Kei Nishikori.
Stanislas Wawrinka finally defeating Novak Djokovic after last year’s teary defeat and their embrace after the match.
Li Na’s hilarious speech after her finals win.
Dominika Cibulkova’s relentless smile. And the joy on the faces of every single member of her player’s box.
The Genie Army and their soft toy gift to Eugenie Bouchard after every match.
The Special K’s: Kokkinakis and Kyrgios – two future Aussie greats.
Pat Rafter playing doubles with Lleyton Hewitt – two Aussie greats.
Canadian player Frank Dancevic hallucinating and seeing Snoopy in the heat. Terrible occurrence but great choice of cartoon character mirage.
Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt celebrating their men’s doubles win with Linstedt running into the crowd and Kubot doing a little can can dance.
Kubot and Lindstedt, doubles champs (GETTY) pic.twitter.com/VinFanmJW8
— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) January 25, 2014