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Stanislas Wawrinka and Li Na were hardly short-priced favourites to win their respective singles titles at the recent 2014 Australian Open in Melbourne, but win the titles they did, in what can only be considered a surprise result for most tennis fans, the top two seeds in the respective men’s and women’s events were the clear favourites coming into the tournament, with top seed Rafael Nadal and the second-seeded Novak Djokovic hogging all the headlines on the men’s side and Serena Williams (No.1) and Victoria Azarenka (No.2) the women’s, Li was already a previous Grand Slam champion (French Open 2011), so although her title run was unexpected, she was among the favoured contenders of the women outside the big two, Wawrinka’s title run however was totally unexpected and a refreshing shock right from the crisp clean air of the Swiss Alps itself.
Li wrote her own great story in Melbourne, after facing match point and elimination against the 26th seeded Czech Lucie Safarova in the third round, Madame Li then built strong momentum from the fourth round onwards to reach yet another Grand Slam final, after a nervous first set against shock first-time Grand Slam finalist Dominika Cibulkova from Slovakia, Li took control of the title match and deservedly secured her 2nd Grand Slam title in the last three years, the fact that neither Serena or Vika was in the championship decider was the biggest surprise of all though.
As much as China will be celebrating Li Na’s victory once ag more »
The 2014 Australian Open continues into week two and some of the bigger names in the men’s and women’s singles championship continue to fall out of contention in Melbourne, in the women’s championship the first of the main seeded players to be ousted was the 7th seeded Italian Sara Errani who lost in straight sets to Germany’s Julia Goerges on day one, that upset was then followed immediately by another on Margaret Court Arena when the 6th seed Petra Kvitova went down to Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum in three sets, 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki was the next women to be toppled in round three by the rising Spanish youngster Garbine Muguruza, but bigger names in the women’s draw were yet to fall in the round of sixteen.
The fourth round of the women’s championship saw the tournament turned on it’s head when the overwhelming favourite, Serena Williams, was beaten in three sets by Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic, earlier the 9th seeded Angelique Kerber had gone down to Italy’s Flavia Pennetta in a tight three-setter too, there was more fourth round carnage to follow though when the 3rd seed Maria Sharapova fell to Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova in three sets, heading into the women’s quarter-finals only three of the top 10 women’s seeds remain, being defending champion Victoria Azarenka (No.2 seed), Li Na (No.4 seed) and Agnieszka Radwanska (No.5 seed).
In the men’s championship, the 5th seed Juan Martin Del Potro was the first big men’s casualty in week one with the tall Argentine more »
The 2014 Australian Open is now only days away and the majority of tennis pundits seem to be predicting that the respective men’s and women’s champion this year will come from either of the top two seeded players for the tournament, world No.1 Rafael Nadal and defending champion and world No.2 Novak Djokovic are the main names on most people’s lips when discussing the men’s AO champ for 2014, likewise on the women’s side of the draw also, with dominant world No.1 Serena Williams and defending champion and world no.2 Victoria Azarenka the preferred names when discussing a women’s champion, I’m sure those of us who follow tennis closely would probably agree that the top two seeded players in the respective men’s and women’s singles championships will start as favourites on Monday for the 2014 Australian Open.
So, according to the majority of us, it’s either Nadal or Djokovic in the men, and either Williams or Azarenka from among the women, but often the most fun and exciting part of any Grand Slam draw is trying to pick out and predict upsets, will anybody be able to stop the top two seeds from dominating yet another Grand Slam in Melbourne? And if so who would be the most likely contenders? The usual threats to Rafa and Nole on the men’s side are the three other former Grand Slam champions in the field, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro, while the likes of previous Grand Slam finalists David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga can’t be more »
The 2013 US Open is now over for another year and Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York has crowned it’s champions for another season, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams ended the championships as the respective King and Queen in New York and it’s hard to argue against the fact that both champions were deserved winners, Rafa played superbly throughout the tournament and when challenged strongly by Djokovic in the men’s final the Spaniard somehow found a way to overcome adversity to win his 13th Grand Slam title, Williams looked on course for a straight sets victory over Victoria Azarenka in the women’s final before the Belarusian bounced back to snatch the second set tiebreak, however Serena’s champion qualities came to the fore in the deciding set as the American powered her way through it to win her 17th Grand Slam singles title.
In an ironic twist, Rafa remains unbeaten on hard courts in season 2013 while Serena is still to be beaten on clay this year, both players were worthy champions in New York with both having to overcome injury problems throughout the last year or so, Rafa’s return to the tour this year has been remarkable and his domination on the North American hard courts has been the biggest talking point of the season so far, can the man from Mallorca now go on to claim his first ever ATP World Tour Finals title I wonder, and could he really do the unthinkable and catch up to Roger Federer’s haul of 17 GS titles? Serena has been the dominant figure on the more »
The 2013 US Open Championships will see the the world’s top 2 ranked men’s and women’s players square off and do battle in their respective finals in the next 48 hours, world No.1 and tournament top seed Novak Djokovic will compete for the title against current world No.2 and tournament second seed Rafael Nadal in the men’s final on Monday, while the top seed and the No.1 ranked women’s player Serena Williams will square off against women’s world No.2 and tournament second seed Victoria Azarenka in the women’s decider tomorrow.
Prior to this year’s tournament, a large majority of the tennis media and fans were predicting these two particular match-ups in their respective finals, after two hard fought weeks of tennis action the world’s highest ranked men and women will now compete for the ultimate prize of being the 2013 US Open Champion in their respective categories, Williams has been on fire in this tournament and the American will start a well deserved favourite tomorrow against Azarenka, however the 24 year old Belarusian has won their last two meetings and Vika can certainly not be ruled out in this repeat of last year’s championship decider.
The eagerly awaited men’s final between Djokovic and Nadal should provide all the fans in Arthur Ashe stadium plenty of excitement, tension and drama in what could end up being a classic five-setter, Nole will hold onto his No.1 ranking regardless of the result but a Rafa victory will see the champion Spaniard close in on a more »