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What an amazing fortnight of Grand Slam tennis we all witnessed in Melbourne, Australia, what was even more amazing is that the respective male and female tennis GOAT both ended up winning their respective singles championship, Roger Federer claimed Grand Slam title No.18 when he defeated his longtime nemesis Rafael Nadal in a classic and thrilling five set men’s final while Serena Williams broke the Open era record of Steffi Graf with her 23rd Grand Slam singles title with a straight sets victory over her brave sister Venus Williams, both Federer and Williams have surely now put to rest the debate about who is the Greatest Of All Time among each gender.
Federer’s achievement in winning his fifth Australian Open is simply remarkable, the Swiss Maestro is 35 years of age and took a hiatus from the game after Wimbledon last year to rest and recuperate a knee problem, he played reasonably well at the Hopman Cup teams event in Perth in early January but nobody, not even him, would have expected the great man to roll his way through the draw to not only make the final but then go on and win it, the fact it was against Rafa made it even sweeter for all those Federer fans but wasn’t Nadal so gracious in defeat, the sight of another major Fedal final had all tennis fans eagerly anticipating another great contest and the two great champions produced the goods once again.
Serena’s achievement of winning her seventh AO title was kind of overshadowed by Roger’s remarkable more »
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 »
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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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 »
Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber were crowned the respective men’s and women’s singles champions at the 2016 Australian Open in Melbourne over the weekend, certainly it was no surprise to see Djokovic win his 6th Australian Open title against regular rival Andy Murray, but the big surprise in the women’s championship decider was seeing Kerber play brilliantly to upend world No.1 Serena Williams in a high quality three set contest, the 28 year old German was playing in her first Grand Slam final and she could have been forgiven for having a few nerves considering she was up against one of the best women’s singles players in the history of the sport, Williams was a little off in the first set but once Serena leveled the match at one set-all, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that she would go on to win her 7th Australian Open crown, Angelique had other ideas though and kept her nerve whilst playing to “win” the match.
It was refreshing to see Kerber continue to go for her shots and play to win against Serena instead of just hitting the ball back hoping that Serena would somehow gift her the title, the two women exchanged in some fine rallies in the third and final set and it was one of the better Australian Open women’s finals for some years, Kerber deserved her victory and the German lass can now be called a Grand Slam champion as well as the new world No.2, it was a fitting way to end what has been a very surprising fortnight of tennis in the women’s singles more »