The Australian Open 2016 live stream online and TV coverage goes forth from Melbourne Thursday as the second round continues. Among those in action for the men’s side will be No. 8 David Ferrer, No. 16 Bernard Tomic and No. 4 Stan Wawrinka. On the women’s side some of the big name players in action Thursday will include No. 14 Victoria Azarenka, No. 9 Kristyna Pliskova and No. 7 Angelique Kerber. Will any of these players dethrone the reigning champions? The latest Australian Open live streaming and televised matchups arrive through ESPN and Tennis Channel.
According to BBC Sports in a Jan. 20 report, both men’s No. 1 players advanced from their second round matches as Serena Williams took down Hsieh Su-Wei 6-1, 6-2 and Novak Djokovic defeated Quentin Halys of France. Djokovic had to put in a bit more work than Williams to win, with his match going 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3). Other winners included both Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, but a major upset came as two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost 6-4, 6-4 to Australian women’s player Daria Garilova. Men’s No. 2 Andy Murray was set to play at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday night.
Several players will get to work for their second round matchups with live television or online coverage as of early Thursday morning in the states. Among them will be No. 8 David Ferrer who will face Lleyton Hewton of Great Britain and Stan Wawrinka facing Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic. On the women’s side, Victoria Azarenka was set for action late on Wednesday. No. 7 Angelique Kerber is due to take on Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania and Kristyna Pliskova is scheduled to take on Julia Georges of Germany. Pliskova who is the No. 9 for this tournament was among those with big first round wins, as she took down Samantha Stosur.
In terms of these players’ chances to win the Australian Open, Victoria Azarenka is a 4 to 1 favorite on the women’s side, trailing only Serena Williams at 3 to 1. Pliskova is a 33 to 1 favorite, tied with Madison Keys and Caroline Wozniacki, while Kerber is just above them at 27 to 1, tied with American player Sloane Stephens. For the men’s players, Stan Wawrinka has 11 to 1 odds, while Murray is a 5 to 1 favorite, making him second to Djokovic. Berdych has odds of 40 to 1 and David Ferrer has odds of 80 to 1, making him the biggest longshot of the bunch.
Thursday’s Australian Open coverage is available in the early morning hours. Live television viewing is available for United States viewers on ESPN2 or Tennis Channel depending on the times, with 3 a.m. listed for Thursday as the viewing time. Several matches are listed to go earlier than that with Wawrinka playing at 2 a.m. and Madison Keys scheduled for a 12:30 a.m. ET viewing time in her bout with Shvedova. For live streaming online coverage, U.S. cable and satellite viewers can watch free on WatchESPN. Live audio commentary continues for Sirius XM Satellite Radio subscribers on channel 145.