Australian Open Week 1

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Just last night we saw the upset of Andy Murray vs Mischa Zverev and Angelique Kerber against CoCo Vandeweghe, knocking out two world #1 players and a defending Australian Open champion. A week ago, I believe the polls had either Djokovic or Murray taking the men’s title and Kerber or Serena taking the women’s. Now, as the Australian Open has continued it is looking more likely that we could have a Federer, Wawrinka, or Ranoic champion and either Serena, Venus, or Pliskova for the women. Early knockouts by some of the fan favorites have really left this tournament wide open.

ATP

If someone had told me the old guard, Roger and Rafa, could have a chance at winning much less be in the QF’s I would have thought they were crazy! The long anticipated return of the two from injuries is something the fans have been waiting for and the two stars have not disappointed in this grand slam. The early knockout of Djokovic (7-6, 5-7, 2-6,7-6, 6-4) against Istomin, who, played the game of his life, and also now Andy Murray against Zverev (5-7, 7-5, 2-6, 4-6) has left a huge power vacuum. Wawrinka and Raonic have been playing very well and I would argue one of the two is still most likely to win. However, with Roger beating very formidable opponents such as Berdych and Nishikori, it is certainly in the stars for him to win as well.

WTA

On the WTA side of things, there have been a few surprises in the tournament thus far. The early shock of Halep getting beaten by Shelby Rogers (6-3, 6-1) and then Kerber getting defeated last night by American Vandeweghe (2-6, 3-6) has put the spotlight now on both Williams sisters, who, are playing extremely well especially Venus, and Pliskova as well, to reach the final. Radwanska was also knocked out leaving Serena as the only top ranked player left in the tournament with Pliskova shortly behind. I think we might see a lower tier player actually take home the trophy this year especially if CoCo can go forward after this win with wind in her sails and defeat a formidable Muguruza today.

 

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Welcome 2017 Tennis!

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Welcome back from the holidays everyone! We hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends and got some rest. It’s one of the best times of the year, the start of a fresh new Tennis season! This off-season has felt particularly long but perhaps that is just because we are seeing the return of so many players that were injured the latter half of 2016. We had two tournaments to start off the season, the Brisbane International and the Qatar Open and both did not disappoint Tennis fans. Here are the highlights of the tournaments for the ATP side.

Brisbane Open

An impressive list of competitors were in Brisbane to start off the season. Those who made it to the QF’s include Nadal, Nishikori, Dimitrov, Raonic, Wawrinka just to name a few. The competition was fierce and it was great to see Nadal back in action but eventually losing to Raonic in a good 3rd set match. Dimitrov was the ultimate standout however, playing like we haven’t seen in a very long time. In fact this ended his 2 and a half year title drought when he beat Nishikori in the final 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Nishikori also performed very well in Brisbane and I believe we have a lot more to see from these two players in this 2017 season. Keep your eye on Raonic as well.

Qatar Open

It is hard going into one of the first tournaments of the year with Djokovic and Murray and not having a pre-determined notion of wanting these two to face off in the final. And turns out that is exactly what we got. These two battled through the matches easily winning against each formidable opponent with the exception of the Djokovic v Verdasco where Novak fended off 5 match points. Finally Djokovic got his revenge on Andy Murray in the final winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. This is after Andy took the #1 rank and beat Djokovic in the ATP Finals in London. I’m sure Novak is very happy with how the season is starting as are the res of us Tennis fans!