Djokovic & Kerber Reign Supreme In Melbourne

Jan 31, 2016

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 championship in Melbourne, there was plenty of upsets throughout the two weeks and the womens’ final put a seal on the tournament by providing us with one more, congratulations Angelique Kerber!

Djokovic continues to dominate the men’s game and was simply too good in the men’s championship decider against Murray, the 28 year old Serb swept Andy aside in straight sets to draw equal with Roy Emerson on six Australian Open titles, it remains to be seen whether Novak will continue to dominate in 2016 like he did last season but the signs are all pointing to the fact that he almost certainly will, if Nole stays fit and healthy and is not beset by injury many are predicting that he will have a great shot at the calendar Grand Slam in 2016, I have a feeling though that he would gladly drop one Slam this year if it meant that he would win the French Open at Roland Garros, the tennis season is now well underway with the first major event finished for another year, congrats to Novak and Angelique on a fine two weeks of tennis, see you all in Paris. :)

Written by: Tono

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