Double The Excitement

Feb 1, 2009

Corny title, I know, but the doubles tournament for this Australian Open has been an exciting one. Both the men’s and women’s finals were an interesting affair; the Bryan twins won their third Australian Open title, their final set a testimony to their talent as they won all of the last six games. With a style and flair so often associated with the Bryan brothers, the duo regained their position as world number one when they qualified for the final this year.

 Doubles match are delightfully exhausting to watch, with a fast pace and the power of four players barely contained inside the court. The finals match was no exception. Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles (No. 3 pair) started out well against the Bryan brothers, their serve and accuracy helping them to steamroll the first set in 27 minutes. But the Bryan duo’s dynamic game soon emerged from the rocky start, and took the next two sets to finally triumph.

There was another siblings double pair who were on fire in the final round; Serena and Venus Williams won their eighth Grand Slam doubles title when they beat Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama 6-3, 6-3. The sisters journey during this Grand Slam has varied with regards to their singles matches; Venus was sent packing from the tournament in the second round by underdog Carla Suarez Navarro. But as we all know, Serena went all the way to win the women’s singles title today. However, in another day of soaring temperatures, the sisters stood shoulder to shoulder and blew away the competition. In their singles matches they show blistering power and energy, but watching the Americans play together is mind-boggling to say the least.

The doubles tournaments have an edge to them that many people don’t realise until they have watched a game for themselves; the dominance of singles matches is understandable but still unfortunate. This is where the big names such as the Williams sisters become important; with the right amount of exposure, the doubles tournaments could have even more attention come their way. This would open up the eyes of singles tennis fans all over the world to another exciting element to the game of tennis.

 

-          SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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