Big Four Favoured In Melbourne

Jan 18, 2015

The 2015 Australian Open is here, and the start of a new tennis season always provides us tennis fans with a multitude of questions as the Grand Slam of Asia Pacific kicks off the major events for the season, even though there are plenty of Grand Slam contenders, it appears that the big four in the respective men’s and women’s singles championship are once again favoured by most pundits in 2015, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and defending AO champ Stan Wawrinka stand out as the most likely contenders among the men, similarly the world’s top four ranked women’s players Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova appear to be the favoured quartet among the women, the men’s and women’s competitions also mirror one another with the next tier of players ranked just below the big four also good chances of making a deep run in Melbourne throughout the next fortnight, in the men we have Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic, while in the women we see the likes of Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Wozniacki all hoping to push for Grand Slam glory.

I believe it would come as a major surprise if anyone outside the respective groups of eight named above claimed their individual title in Melbourne, however Spaniard David Ferrer and world No.11 Grigor Dimitrov might beg to differ when it comes to discussing potential men’s champions, and Angelique Kerber and Ekaterina Makarova could argue the point somewhat in the women too, the men’s section in Melbourne seems ready for one of the young names to step up onto the big stage and do something special in 2015, but will it be on Rod Laver Arena over the next fortnight or will we have to wait until later in the season at Roland Garros or even Wimbledon to see that occur, the big question on the women’s side is whether or not Serena can claim GS No.19 and continue her world dominance of women’s tennis, she is an aging champion but still sits on top of the world rankings because, for now, she is still the best women’s tennis player in the world.

Seeding’s in the major championships reflect the current world rankings and as of right now the computer rankings seem to have things about right in both the men’s and women’s draw respectively heading into AO 2015, however Grand Slam championships are not won on paper or by a computer, the individual players who will be crowned the respective men’s and women’s champions this year will certainly earn their title in Melbourne over the next fortnight, the big question that we are all trying to answer heading into the Australian Open though is “Who will reign supreme in Melboune at the end of two weeks of tennis?”

Buckle up GSFT tennis fans, we are about to enjoy two wonderful weeks of Grand Slam tennis action, may the best man and woman win.

Written by: Tono

(1) Comment

dwightcharles says:
Jan 27, 2015

Nice write up, Tono!

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