(January 23, 2016) Nigel Sears, father-in-law to Andy Murray and coach of Ana Ivanovic became ill during Ivanovic’s match against Madison Keys on Saturday. Ivanovic lost to Keys 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, while Murray defeated Joao Sousa 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the fourth round.
The No. 2 seed Murray will play Bernard Tomic in the round of 16.
Ivanovic was leading Keys 6-4, 1-0 when he collapsed and was taken to a nearby hospital. The match was delayed for almost an hour and the players went off court until play resumed.
Keys evened up the match be taking the second set. Ivanovic jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the final set, but Keys rebounded winning six of the next seven games to close out the match.
Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic and Madison Keys in lieu of having news conferences gave statements after their respective matches. There were no on-court interviews:
What would you like to say?
ANA IVANOVIC: Obviously it was a tough match. I played so well. First set, I won it. I felt like I produced some good games, created some opportunities. But she came back strong with a very powerful game.
I thought the third set she served better than me. She could get more on the first shot because of the serve. I felt that was the big difference in the third set.
Obviously the atmosphere and the crowd throughout the whole match was definitely supporting you a lot. Did you feel that?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. As soon as we walked on the court, that was amazing feeling. Yeah, I really wanted to win and have a chance to come back. The crowd was just really amazing don’t.
Despite not winning the match, have you been encouraged by the form you’ve shown here?
ANA IVANOVIC: Definitely it was a good match from the beginning on. It was a high level. Like I said, she came out with some firing strokes towards the end of that match. She stepped it up. It went her way.
Obviously a little bit disappointed but a lot to look forward to.
Great comeback. Talk us through how that match went for you.
MADISON KEYS: Yeah, I had chances in the first set. Wasn’t really able to convert. Had one bad service game. Then kind of just a battle throughout the whole second set. A little bit of slow start in the third.
I managed to kind of get it back and figure it out, fight back and get the win.
What did you tell yourself towards the end of the second set when you were down?
MADISON KEYS: I think it was just, you know, try to get one more ball, one more ball; just stay in it; make her win it and not give it to her.
You love playing in Australia. You did well here last year. Great crowd support. What is it about the Australian Open that makes you perform so well?
MADISON KEYS: You know, I love whenever I come here, every city I visit. It’s one of my favorites. I just think Australians are so welcoming. I think after last year, I kind of created somewhat of a fan base.
Coming back to that is always great. Even tonight, even playing Aussie Ana, I definitely had some of my own fans.
Talk about your potential two opponents, Zhang and Lepchenko.
MADISON KEYS: You know, Lepchenko, I’ve played her a couple of times. We’re both from the States. I know her well. I don’t know if we’ve ever played a match. Yeah, we have. She beat me. She can be tough and crafty.
Zhang, we’re so happy for her now. She’s won not only one, but two main draw matches. That’s great for her. I haven’t played her since three, four years now. Obviously she’s playing well if she’s had the upsets that she’s had, so either match will be tough.
How do you feel the match went?
ANDY MURRAY: I thought I struggled. At the beginning I think he was extremely aggressive, very intense.
You know, so he was getting into position to dictate a lot of points with his forehand. Once I started to hit the ball a little bit cleaner towards the end of the match I was able to get him in his backhand corner and dictate more of the points.
It was tricky. I didn’t feel great. You know, the match against Groth, though I returned well; I didn’t get to hit that many groundstrokes; didn’t feel I was in a great rhythm; wasn’t hitting the ball clean at the start.
He was hitting the ball great, close to the lines, and making me do a lot of running.
Yeah, I just tried to keep fighting. At the end I was actually hitting the ball well and felt better at the end. It was good to get through that one.