All things Aussie Open

Jan 24, 2010

I apologise for the slightly longer gaps between my blog posts. A flu-addled brain doesn’t make for great writing, so I took myself to bed with a big box of tissues and kept myself up to date on everything tennis. I obviously wasn’t much better when I wrote my last blog; my new feature of ‘My Favourite Twit’ never made an appearance. I apologise for robbing you all of this fresh and original blog feature (if you can call it that), and it will reappear at the end of this post.

Anyway, back to the tennis. If you have been living under the proverbial rock for the past five or days, or if you yourself have been struck with flu/some other ailment and you wish to catch up on all you have missed, then this blog is for you.

So, let’s start with the big ones. A number of top/favourite players have bowled out of the Australian Open in the last few days. Best example is Robin Soderling, who was beaten by Marcel Granollers in the first round. This came as a shock to, well, pretty much everyone. After being runner up in the French Open, ATP World Tour Finals, and an all-round threat everywhere else, it was a surprise to see him go. I get the feeling that this isn’t too telling of Soderling’s year to come though. Fingers crossed he continues to make it tough for the top players for the rest of the year.

Juan Martin del Potro lost yesterday to Marin Cilic, the wrist injury proving too much against the Croat. His niggling injury, on top of the five set scare against James Blake, appeared to have got to Delpo and although he put up a fight, he lost 5-7 6-4 7-5 5-7 6-3.

Kim Clijsters was another favourite that went early. After doing so well in her first tournament back (are ‘so well’ the right words when she won the whole thing?), it was expected that she could repeat a similar feat in Melbourne. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. But like Soderling, I doubt this is the last we have heard of Clijsters. The year has just begun after all.

Justine Henin is on blistering form, beating Yanina Wickmayer to get through to the quarter-finals. She faces Nadia Petrova, who so clinically knocked Clijsters from the competition in the third round.

Andy Murray is continuing to keep Britain on the edge of hysteria, beating the big American John Isner in three sets. He has never made it this far in Melbourne, and looks glowing with confidence about his form. He’s through to the quarter finals, and up against one Rafael Nadal for a place in the semis. Yes, my eyes just glazed over with delight too.

Novak Djokovic has been quiet as a lamb throughout the tournament, coming through a few wobbly performances to get to the fourth round. Is the Djoker going to be the silent killer of this tournament? He seems to enjoy being in the shadows, without that pressure of ‘former Australian Open champ’ hanging over him. He plays Lukasz Kubot for a place in the quarter finals.

And Roger Federer is moving along nicely, up against homeboy Lleyton Hewitt for his desired place in the quarter finals.

I am bristling with excitement for the next couple of matches. This is where the tournament truly starts to get interesting. Ok, so they’ve done well up until now, but who has the extra gear to put him or herself into the quarter finals? And once we’ve enjoyed a handful of juicy quarter finals, we should be in line for some mouth watering semi-final matches. Don’t even get me started on how much I am looking forward to those finals…

My Favourite Twit

Taylor Dent: “Just arrived in kc. I’m excited to see Jenny and the belly!! Also excited to start hitting serves till my arm falls off!!!”

So he went down to Tsonga, but Dent does what any good tennis player does and returns home to work himself to death on a practise court. Also, good luck to Taylor and his wife Jenny with what sounds to be their very imminent arrival!

p.s. don’t ever wander onto Taylor Dent’s Twitter page when you are having your breakfast. Coming across a picture of a bleeding gash on a knee and taking a bite of jam on toast doesn’t really mix well.

 

- SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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