Israel's Shahar Pe'er has won her first round match at the Australian Open among an enormous outpouring of support from the tennis public for the 22 year old seeded 29th in the championship. She defeated Czech player Lucie Hradecka 6-7, 6-2, 6-1.
Pe'er was a crowd favourite and it was encouraging to see her play unconcerned by the security going on around her:
“I’m just focusing on playing tennis and I’m not here to focus on my security or what’s going on outside the court.”
Fortunately, not much was going on outside the court apart from a little freak show that barely raised ten souls.