The Latest: Muguruza wins match after 3 a.m. in Australia



Jan 30, 2018

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The Latest on Thursday at the Australian Open (all times local):

3:12 a.m.

An Australian Open match that began after midnight is finally over - and didn't end until past 3 a.m.

In what is believed to be the latest start in tournament history, Garbine Muguruza and Johanna Konta got going at 12:30 a.m. because of lengthy matches earlier. They then played three sets across more than 2+ hours, concluding at 3:12 a.m.

Muguruza, a two-time major champion, broke in the last game to win 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-5 and reach the third round.

There were only a few hundred fans in the seats at Margaret Court Arena, which has a seating capacity of 7,500.


2:20 a.m.

Garbine Muguruza and Johanna Konta are working overtime at the Australian Open - heading to a third set in a match believed to have the latest starting time in tournament history.

Because of rain delays and lengthy matches earlier in the day, their second-round match did not begin until 12:30 a.m.

Muguruza took the first set 6-4, and Konta responded by taking the second 7-6 (3) as the clock hit 2:20 a.m.

The tournament says it believes the previous record for latest start in Melbourne was 11:59 p.m. for a women's match between Elise Mertens and Daria Gavrilova a year ago.

The record for latest finish? That's 4:34 a.m., for a 2008 match between Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis.