Kick-started from January 18, the Australian Open Tennis Championships that set the court ablaze has finally come to an end today. While some players continued their otherworldly run and gave smashing performances during the Australian Open, others struggled to hold their serve throughout.
Like every other Grand Slam tournament, this fortnightly event was full of enthusiasm, a bit of drama and of course, difficult competition. Let us take a look at five Tennis stars who have made news for all the right reasons in the last five years:
1. Novak Djokovic:
The 28-year-old supreme Serb has not lost a tournament since August. He won the 2015 Australian Open title and this year, played aggressively to defend it. With 11 tournament victories, including 3 Grand Slam titles, Djokovic is a force to reckon with! In the current tournament, he reached the final by beating tennis veteran Roger Federer in four sets! This proves that he is still the No.1 tennis player in the whole world.
2. Roger Federer:
Known for his versatility on court, the 34-year-old Swizz player has seen a downfall in the recent years. However, the fact that he is among the seven men to capture a career Grand Slam can’t be ignored.
While he managed to make it to the finals in the last two Grand Slams in 2015, he lost to Djokovic in both.His stronger and improved performance seen in the last few days is commendable—despite his recent loss to Djokovic at the 2016 Australian Open.
3. Victoria Azarenka:
With an aggressive baseline style, Azarenka reached the quarterfinals after straight-set victories over Naomi Osaka, Alison Van Uytvanck, BarboraStrýcová and Danka Kovinic. She was finally defeated by German-born Angelique Kerber—who had not won against Azarenka in the last six matches. Nevertheless, she put up a great performance at the event, despite a 2-year-long injury.
4. Stan Wawrinka:
The Swizz player won the Australian Open in 2015. The same year, he won the French Open. The 30-year-old is one of the few men who have been a threat to Novak Djokovic, especially in the recent times.Did you know his fast serve can reach as fast as 232 kilometres? While his forehand was a weakness at the start of his career, it is now considered an advantage inside the court.
2016 Australian Open ended for him on a sad note when he was defeated by 25-year-old Canadian professional Milo Raonic in five sets.
While this Grand Slam has brought more victories and added more titles to some, it has been an eye-opener to other players. Let’s see what the next Australian Open holds for these players and which other new players see this side of the court in 2017!