Archive for January, 2013

 

Djokovic & Murray Look Set To Dominate Hard Courts In 2013

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Although the 2013 Australian Open men’s singles final was nowhere near a classic, I can’t help thinking that we are about to see Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray dominate the hard court season on the ATP World Tour in 2013, both players have similar styles of play which are ideally suited to the rigours of hard court tennis, only an injury or major loss of form and/or confidence appears likely to stop their charge this season, therefore, I believe, tennis fans can expect the duo to continue being the main contenders throughout the hard court season this year.

The final at Melbourne Park never really reached any great heights although there were some breathtaking rallies from time to time, Djokovic secured his place in history by defeating Murray in four sets and becoming the first man in the Open era to win three consecutive Australian Open titles, the 25 year old Serb has now accumulated six Grand Slam titles in his career with four of those coming on his favourite hard court inside Rod Laver Arena, for a while it seemed that Andy might create a piece of history himself by becoming the first man to win his maiden Grand Slam title and then follow it up with another straight after but it was not to be for the Dunblane native.

The speed and power both men possess from the baseline will be difficult for opponents to match on hard courts this year especially in the bigger events, it will be interesting to see which players rise to the challenge and take the hard hitting more »

 

Worthy Finalist’s But Not The Women’s Final Most Predicted

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The 2013 Australian Open women’s champion will be crowned tonight on Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park with world No.1 Victoria Azarenka and China’s Li Na vying for the honour of holding up the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy, for most fans and pundits of the game this is not the final most of us predicted prior to the tournament, Serena Williams was the hot favourite coming in and it was widely expected that her opponent in the women’s final would be either Maria Sharapova or Agnieszka Radwanska, although none of that trio even made the big dance the two finalists in Azarenka and Li Na are worth contenders, Vika is the defending champion while Madame Li will attempt to go one better after reaching the final in 2011.

It will be an interesting match up between two players at different points in their respective careers, Azarenka is currently ranked the best women’s player in the world and at the age of 23 she is currently in her prime, Vika will be keen to repeat her victory of twelve months ago in Melbourne while Li Na is in the latter stages of her career at age 30 and will be attempting to add to her 2011 triumph at Roland Garros, it should end up being a good tussle between exuberant youth and a battle hardened and experienced campaigner, hopefully it provide’s all tennis fans with a fitting finale to the women’s singles championship at Melbourne Park in 2013.

Azarenka will probably go into the match a slight favourite but I have a feeling that Li Na will have the more »

 

Fantastic Finish To Week One In Melbourne

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

After seven days of exciting tennis action at Melbourne Park, the first week of the 2013 Australian Open couldn’t have been capped off any better than by the fantastic fourth round night match between world No.1 Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland, both men battled each other for just over five hours which in itself is remarkable considering the first set won by Wawrinka was over in twenty five minutes, Djokovic found a way to edge Wawrinka in a classic five setter, 12-10 in the fifth, and it was clearly the match of the tournament so far and one that will have the Australian Open fans thirsting for more as the second week gets underway later today.

With the Grand Slam tournaments now allotting thirty two seeded players at the big events, we often don’t get to see too many significant upsets in the first week of a major event anymore, sure there will always be some of the top thirty two seeds in both the men’s and women’s draw who fall early and create a good storyline for the press but more often than not we see a procession of the top seeds, especially the men, making it through to the round of sixteen where the real action usually begins, Sara Errani (7th seed) and Petra Kvitova (8th seed) both fell early in the women’s draw but neither player was considered a major threat before the tournament begun, sixth seeded man Juan Martin Del Potro’s five set third round loss to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy was the biggest upset in week one of the 2013 Aussie Open more »

 

Serena’s Ankle The Main Discussion Point After Day Two

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Although we have already seen several seeded players beaten in both the men’s and women’s singles draw at the 2013 Australian Open, the main discussion point after two days of competition is surely the state and condition of Serena Williams right ankle, the five time Australian Open champion was the warm favourite in the women’s singles heading into the first major event of the year but her ankle injury will now have the other main contenders in the women’s draw keeping one eye on her progress with plenty of interest, even after she rolled her ankle and had it strapped Williams was still far too good for Edina Gallovits-Hall in round one with the hapless Romanian being double bageled 6-0, 6-0.

The main question now is whether or not Serena’s ankle will allow her to be fit enough to go all the way and claim a record 6th Australian Open championship, the third seeded American rolled her right ankle at 4-0 up in the first set against Gallovits-Hall, but after a delay, assessment and some strapping she raced through the match without dropping a single game, it will be interesting to see how the 31 year old performs in her second round match on day four against relative unknown Garbine Muguruza, even with an injured ankle Williams would be expected to comfortably account for the 112th ranked Spaniard.

What will be of greater interest to tennis fans and media alike is how Serena fares once she faces a more experienced and potentially tougher opponent deeper in the more »

 

Novak & Serena Will Start As Favourites At Melbourne Park

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

With the 2013 Australian Open now only a few days away the debate and discussion will soon intensify on who is likely to be crowned the respective men’s and women’s singles champion at Melbourne Park in late January, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will start the first Grand Slam of the new season as the respective men’s and women’s favourite and justifiably so as both players were the dominant force on their respective tours in 2012, the heatwave in Australia has continued this week and I’m sure the tennis action, starting next Monday at Melbourne Park on 14 January 2013, will also be sizzling.

Djokovic will enter the tournament as the defending men’s singles champion and with Rafael Nadal not making the trip to Melbourne this year the Serb’s chance of grabbing a third consecutive AO title and his fourth overall looks a distinct possibility, the biggest challenge for the world No.1 on Rod Laver Arena throughout the fortnight is likely to come from his two closest ranked rivals, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, Federer last won the title back in 2010 while Murray, a two-time finalist, pushed Nole all the way before succumbing in a thrilling five set semifinal last year, throw in the likes of former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, the consistent Spaniard David Ferrer, the talented Czech Tomas Berdych and the popular Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and we have a recipe for a brillant fortnight of men’s Grand Slam action.

Serena will be looking to complete her third more »