Defending Champs Bundled Out Before The Quarter-Finals

Jan 22, 2017

What an amazing first week of Grand Slam tennis we have witnessed in Melbourne, Australia over the past seven days, who would have picked the respective men’s and women’s champions Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber would be beaten and bundled out of the tournament before the quarter-finals, I tend to think not many, add to that the shocking upset of the men’s top seed Andy Murray in the round of sixteen along with a second round loss for the 7th seed Marin Cilic, a first round exit for women’s fourth seed Simona Halep and a second round loss for the 3rd seed Agnieszka Radwanska, it certainly has been an unexpected first week of tennis at the first major of the 2017 season.

Shelby Rogers dismantling of Halep on day one and the second round Djokovic loss to Uzbek Denis Istomin set the tone for an amazing week of upsets on the blue courts at Melbourne Park, the Djokovic loss would have certainly given hope to all those lesser ranked players in the men’s draw and that quickly showed with the unseeded Brit Dan Evans taking out Cilic and then German Mischa Zverev causing another boilover by toppling Murray in four sets in the 4th round, Halep losing to Rogers wasn’t as seismic a shock as Djokovic going down to Istomin but the second round Radwanska loss to veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni started greater rumblings among the women’s draw with the biggest of those so far being Kerber’s exit against the hard-hitting American Coco Vandeweghe in the round of sixteen.

It isn’t that often we see these kind of upsets of the higher seeds in the Grand Slam events, but in a way it is sometimes refreshing and interesting and it shows that the sport of tennis certainly remains very competitive at the top level, whether will we continue to see even more upsets in the second week of the championships only time will tell, 2nd seed Serena Williams remains the warm favourite to win the women’s championship now and she is the only player left in the women’s draw to have won previously here in Melbourne, her being beaten remains the one big upset left to come perhaps, although if Serena was to lose and Milos Raonic (No.3 seed) and Stan Wawrinka (No.4 seed) are then both beaten before the men’s final, that would mean no top four seed in either singles championship have made their respective championship deciders, this Australian Open has certainly produced many storylines and great moments so far, let’s watch with excitement to see what unfolds in the second week of AO 2017.

Written by: Tono

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