This year’s will be very special at the Australian Open as it will be the 100th time the Men’s Singles event will be contested. A total of 59 men have won the title, which begs the question will we once again have a repeat winner as we did with Novak Djokovic or will someone new win the event for the first time, making them Champion No. 60? Continue reading
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In youth we learn; in age we understand. – Marie Ebner-Eschenbach
Even with the unfortunate absence of Venus Williams from this year’s Australian Open, the 2012 Women’s Singles event will be something of a referendum on which way the WTA is headed. Will the veteran players once again prove experience is the key to winning a Major or will a young player with a ’90 in their birth date show that a new generation is ready to dominate the game? Add in a battle for the No. 1 ranking and you have the makings of a memorable fortnight in Melbourne. Continue reading
We haven’t heard a whole lot from Andy Roddick since the end of last season, except perhaps on his new sports radio show with Bobby Bones that has earned Roddick kudos and some attention as a possible sports announcer when his tennis career ends. And though Roddick has kept a low profile at the start of this month leading up to next week’s Australian Open, Roddick’s appearance at a press event for the AAMI Kooyong Classic earned him more attention not for what he said, but for his new look. Continue reading
Remember when the Australian Open draw was live streamed a few weeks ago and the presentation ended up confusing, irritating, delighting and surprising those who made it through? Well I think that draw ceremony was the precursor to an unpredictable AO that had fans feeling all those of emotions at least once during the fortnight. But what we might remember the most about this year’s AO, aside from the winners, is what happened before and after each match. I can’t remember a Slam where more news was made about what players wore, said, didn’t say, made up, retracted or were bleeped for saying in recent memory. Even the media and the way they covered the AO became a story itself. And though Kim Clijsters and Novak Djokovic were crowned as champions, this year’s AO belonged to a charismatic fighter from Wuhan who by now everyone should know how to say her name and two warriors who’ll be forever linked together after giving us one of the best sets of tennis we’ll ever see. Continue reading
“You are only coming through in waves/your lips move/but I can’t hear what you’re saying.” – Pink Floyd, “Comfortably Numb” (Waters/Gilmore)
Well, that was a strange one.
Don’t get me wrong. Novak Djokovic proved without a doubt he was the best player for the entire fortnight during the Men’s Singles event for the Australian Open, capping off an impressive tournament by winning his second AO title over Andy Murray 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. The match, as expected, featured some incredible and lengthy baseline rallies between both men that will be remembered as some of the best points played. And the reason they will be easy for fans to remember is that there were only two of such points during the whole match.
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As she said herself last night, Kim Clijsters has finally earned the right to be called “Aussie Kim”.
Clijsters came from a set down to win her first Australian Open title over China’s Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a see-saw match that had both players crushing the ball from the baseline in extended rallies before a change up in direction and pace from Clijsters late in the second set along with Li’s own frustration with vocal Chinese fans yelling out during points proved to be the deciding factor after it looked Li might take the match in straight sets. Continue reading
I’ll admit it. I really didn’t know a whole lot about Francesca Schiavone twelve months ago. I remember seeing her play a match at the 2009 U.S. Open when all the headlines were about her fellow Fed Cup teammate Flavia Pennetta making the top ten that summer. And I remember seeing her down at Indian Wells last March when she played Aravane Rezai and telling myself how much I liked “Fran’s” one handed backhand but then kind of forgot about the Italian. And I was like a lot of people who finally took full notice of Schiavone when she made her stellar run to the French Open title, an achievement many tennis fans embraced because of Schiavone’s “Nothing is Impossible” attitude. Remember when she made the semis and everyone was like “that’s great for her” and then expected her to bow out to Elena Dementieva? And then everyone expected Sam Stosur to overpower Schiavone in the finals but instead we were treated to watching a player seize the moment for their place in history. And relishing it. Continue reading