Another year and another classic opening Slam, I just hope that 2012 proves to be the first time in a while I am able to repeat my coverage of the Oz open to the other majors and premier tier events.
|Novak Djokovic was simply superhuman in Melbourne|
Sky Sports will certainly help with the ATP events.
Cutting to the chase then, it was another drama-filled fortnight down under. As with any sporting event taking place on the opposite end of the earth, there is that added level of excitement for us Brits, staying up into the early hours to watch the live action – the Ashes is another good example.
|She may have to supress the shouting, but
Azarenka is a worthy champion and will be a fine ambassador
Clijsters therefore, was never likely to defend her title, despite her undoubted power, it never did and never will be delivered with such ruthless consistency over the course of a match let alone a whole tournament. Yet after her own injury scares she should be satisfied with reaching the last four, taking out Wozniacki en route.
Serena, despite her poor Open can never be counted out for future titles – she will always have the awe factor until she retires. Despite the obvious fitness concern, it is her temperament and willingness to accept the new breed that stands in her way of success.
Back to Azarenka the new world number one (the first apart from Serena or Clijsters to hold a major title to her name since Ivanovic in 2008), who showed a typically fearless display in her match against Sharapova, the scoreline was flattering yes, but the result was no surprise. Like Wozniacki, she will be a fine ambassador for the game, how long could she hold on to the top spot? If this form continues, many a month, and many a major will follow.
Having ranted enough about the ‘grunting’ in the women’s game of which these two have led the way, well my opinions are well documented and wont be repeated here. If the issue does get looked at further by the WTA, it will be interesting to see what role Azarenka could play.
Finally a small shout out to two faves of mine – Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonarva winners of the Ladies Doubles. After poor runs in the singles the team who haven’t paired up since RG 2011 showed their class.
Images courtesy of BBC Sport.