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Big Names Continue To Fall In Melbourne

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The 2014 Australian Open continues into week two and some of the bigger names in the men’s and women’s singles championship continue to fall out of contention in Melbourne, in the women’s championship the first of the main seeded players to be ousted was the 7th seeded Italian Sara Errani who lost in straight sets to Germany’s Julia Goerges on day one, that upset was then followed immediately by another on Margaret Court Arena when the 6th seed Petra Kvitova went down to Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum in three sets, 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki was the next women to be toppled in round three by the rising Spanish youngster Garbine Muguruza, but bigger names in the women’s draw were yet to fall in the round of sixteen.

The fourth round of the women’s championship saw the tournament turned on it’s head when the overwhelming favourite, Serena Williams, was beaten in three sets by Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic, earlier the 9th seeded Angelique Kerber had gone down to Italy’s Flavia Pennetta in a tight three-setter too, there was more fourth round carnage to follow though when the 3rd seed Maria Sharapova fell to Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova in three sets, heading into the women’s quarter-finals only three of the top 10 women’s seeds remain, being defending champion Victoria Azarenka (No.2 seed), Li Na (No.4 seed) and Agnieszka Radwanska (No.5 seed).

In the men’s championship, the 5th seed Juan Martin Del Potro was the first big men’s casualty in week one with the tall Argentine more »

 

Top 2 Seeds Favoured In AO 2014

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The 2014 Australian Open is now only days away and the majority of tennis pundits seem to be predicting that the respective men’s and women’s champion this year will come from either of the top two seeded players for the tournament, world No.1 Rafael Nadal and defending champion and world No.2 Novak Djokovic are the main names on most people’s lips when discussing the men’s AO champ for 2014, likewise on the women’s side of the draw also, with dominant world No.1 Serena Williams and defending champion and world no.2 Victoria Azarenka the preferred names when discussing a women’s champion, I’m sure those of us who follow tennis closely would probably agree that the top two seeded players in the respective men’s and women’s singles championships will start as favourites on Monday for the 2014 Australian Open.

So, according to the majority of us, it’s either Nadal or Djokovic in the men, and either Williams or Azarenka from among the women, but often the most fun and exciting part of any Grand Slam draw is trying to pick out and predict upsets, will anybody be able to stop the top two seeds from dominating yet another Grand Slam in Melbourne? And if so who would be the most likely contenders? The usual threats to Rafa and Nole on the men’s side are the three other former Grand Slam champions in the field, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro, while the likes of previous Grand Slam finalists David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga can’t be more »

 

Djokovic & Murray Look Set To Dominate Hard Courts In 2013

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Although the 2013 Australian Open men’s singles final was nowhere near a classic, I can’t help thinking that we are about to see Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray dominate the hard court season on the ATP World Tour in 2013, both players have similar styles of play which are ideally suited to the rigours of hard court tennis, only an injury or major loss of form and/or confidence appears likely to stop their charge this season, therefore, I believe, tennis fans can expect the duo to continue being the main contenders throughout the hard court season this year.

The final at Melbourne Park never really reached any great heights although there were some breathtaking rallies from time to time, Djokovic secured his place in history by defeating Murray in four sets and becoming the first man in the Open era to win three consecutive Australian Open titles, the 25 year old Serb has now accumulated six Grand Slam titles in his career with four of those coming on his favourite hard court inside Rod Laver Arena, for a while it seemed that Andy might create a piece of history himself by becoming the first man to win his maiden Grand Slam title and then follow it up with another straight after but it was not to be for the Dunblane native.

The speed and power both men possess from the baseline will be difficult for opponents to match on hard courts this year especially in the bigger events, it will be interesting to see which players rise to the challenge and take the hard hitting more »

 

Worthy Finalist’s But Not The Women’s Final Most Predicted

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The 2013 Australian Open women’s champion will be crowned tonight on Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park with world No.1 Victoria Azarenka and China’s Li Na vying for the honour of holding up the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy, for most fans and pundits of the game this is not the final most of us predicted prior to the tournament, Serena Williams was the hot favourite coming in and it was widely expected that her opponent in the women’s final would be either Maria Sharapova or Agnieszka Radwanska, although none of that trio even made the big dance the two finalists in Azarenka and Li Na are worth contenders, Vika is the defending champion while Madame Li will attempt to go one better after reaching the final in 2011.

It will be an interesting match up between two players at different points in their respective careers, Azarenka is currently ranked the best women’s player in the world and at the age of 23 she is currently in her prime, Vika will be keen to repeat her victory of twelve months ago in Melbourne while Li Na is in the latter stages of her career at age 30 and will be attempting to add to her 2011 triumph at Roland Garros, it should end up being a good tussle between exuberant youth and a battle hardened and experienced campaigner, hopefully it provide’s all tennis fans with a fitting finale to the women’s singles championship at Melbourne Park in 2013.

Azarenka will probably go into the match a slight favourite but I have a feeling that Li Na will have the more »

 

Fantastic Finish To Week One In Melbourne

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

After seven days of exciting tennis action at Melbourne Park, the first week of the 2013 Australian Open couldn’t have been capped off any better than by the fantastic fourth round night match between world No.1 Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland, both men battled each other for just over five hours which in itself is remarkable considering the first set won by Wawrinka was over in twenty five minutes, Djokovic found a way to edge Wawrinka in a classic five setter, 12-10 in the fifth, and it was clearly the match of the tournament so far and one that will have the Australian Open fans thirsting for more as the second week gets underway later today.

With the Grand Slam tournaments now allotting thirty two seeded players at the big events, we often don’t get to see too many significant upsets in the first week of a major event anymore, sure there will always be some of the top thirty two seeds in both the men’s and women’s draw who fall early and create a good storyline for the press but more often than not we see a procession of the top seeds, especially the men, making it through to the round of sixteen where the real action usually begins, Sara Errani (7th seed) and Petra Kvitova (8th seed) both fell early in the women’s draw but neither player was considered a major threat before the tournament begun, sixth seeded man Juan Martin Del Potro’s five set third round loss to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy was the biggest upset in week one of the 2013 Aussie Open more »