Archive for January, 2017

 

Tennis Greats Turn Back Time In Melbourne

Friday, January 27th, 2017

What an amazing 2017 Australian Open we have witnessed in Melbourne over the past fortnight, who would have predicted two finals from yesteryear with Serena Williams versus Venus Williams up against each other in the women’s singles final and Rafael Nadal versus Roger Federer doing battle once again in the men’s decider, these four greats of the game have certainly turned back time with their impressive performances on Rod Laver Arena and the final chapter of a very memorable Grand Slam tournament will be completed over the next few days.

Serena making the final has certainly been no surprise as the 35 year old American is still at the top of the game, however her older sister Venus making the big showdown is certainly a major surprise as it has been almost 8 years since she was last in a major singles final, although Rafa and Roger have still been playing quality tennis at a very high level as they age, not many tennis fans and experts really thought they would ever meet again in a major singles final, it has been eight years since we saw the Williams sisters and Federer v Nadal in the final of a Grand Slam singles tournament, Serena and Venus squared off in the 2009 Wimbledon final and Roger and Rafa clashed in the final of the 2009 Australian Open, it has certainly been back to the future at the start of the 2017 tennis season.

Serena will be gunning for a record 23rd Grand Slam singles title while older sister Venus (36) will become the oldest women’s singles playe more »

 

Defending Champs Bundled Out Before The Quarter-Finals

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

What an amazing first week of Grand Slam tennis we have witnessed in Melbourne, Australia over the past seven days, who would have picked the respective men’s and women’s champions Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber would be beaten and bundled out of the tournament before the quarter-finals, I tend to think not many, add to that the shocking upset of the men’s top seed Andy Murray in the round of sixteen along with a second round loss for the 7th seed Marin Cilic, a first round exit for women’s fourth seed Simona Halep and a second round loss for the 3rd seed Agnieszka Radwanska, it certainly has been an unexpected first week of tennis at the first major of the 2017 season.

Shelby Rogers dismantling of Halep on day one and the second round Djokovic loss to Uzbek Denis Istomin set the tone for an amazing week of upsets on the blue courts at Melbourne Park, the Djokovic loss would have certainly given hope to all those lesser ranked players in the men’s draw and that quickly showed with the unseeded Brit Dan Evans taking out Cilic and then German Mischa Zverev causing another boilover by toppling Murray in four sets in the 4th round, Halep losing to Rogers wasn’t as seismic a shock as Djokovic going down to Istomin but the second round Radwanska loss to veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni started greater rumblings among the women’s draw with the biggest of those so far being Kerber’s exit against the hard-hitting American Coco Vandeweghe in the round of sixteen.

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New Tennis Season, New No.1′s, But Will We See A New Champion?

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

The 2017 tennis season has already begun but the season proper arguably starts today with the 2017 Australian Open commencing in Melbourne, Australia, this year ushers in a new year of tennis and new respective world No.1′s Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber, but will we see a new champion being crowned at the end of the fortnight extravaganza of tennis?

Many tennis fans and media alike are already predicting that the men’s singles championship will be decided between Murray and his long time rival and former world No.1 Novak Djokovic, that comment or feeling isn’t degrading their opponents at all, it comes about because those two men have held a mortgage around playing on the final Sunday of the event for many years with Djokovic a six-time champ and Murray a five-time runner-up, in the women’s draw Kerber and former No.1 Serena Williams would normally be touted as warm favourites in Melbourne but both players have had less than ideal preparation coming in to the first major of the year, however they are the only two women in the singles draw to have previously won the Daphne Ackhurst Memorial Trophy.

So, will the first Grand Slam championship of 2017 provide us with a new champion in Australia or will it be the status quo and business as usual when it comes to the respective finals in the men’s and women’s championship, although there is plenty of quality in the men’s draw it does seem likely that one of either Murray or Djokovic will be holding the Norman Brookes Chall more »