Sunday, January 30, 2011

Going over what happened Down Under

OK, I didn't see a lot of that coming but I'm OK with what did happen!

The year's first Major is in the books and there was a whole slew of things that went down. Let's look at some of it, shall we?

* Novak Djokovic won the men's title: Great win for him. I know he's super-young but I was afraid he was going to be a one-Slam wonder. With this, though, I think his Hall of Fame ticket is guaranteed.

* Kim Clijsters captured the women's crown: This is something that I did expect, and I'm glad not to be proven wrong! She further established her claim as the top hard-court player in the women's game.

* How about those runners-up?: Andy Murray had a great run, but alas, couldn't pull it off at the end. I still think he's going to be OK. And for the women, what can you say about Na Li? The first player from China to make a singles Slam final is quite the feat.

* How about those non-runners-up?: Wow, no top-two player on the men or women's side made it to the finals. Rafael Nadal will be fine, Roger Federer, too. Vera Zvonareva had a great run but just ran into a better player. As for Caroline Wozniacki, the top-ranked woman sure didn't do herself any favors by failing to at least make the final, much less win that elusive first Major.

* A Slam-less top seed comes through: Flavia Pennetta and Gisela Dulko were looking like the Wozniackis of the doubles game: number one with no Major. They got that monkey off their backs here.

* An old-school battle in men's dubs: The Bryan brothers? You knew they'd be there in the end. How about that team they beat, though, for their 10th Major. Mahesh Bhupathi's and Leander Paes' reunion has already paid dividends and it's good to see them back together.

* Bye-bye, Justine: It's back to the retired world for Justine Henin, who announced during the tournament that she's leaving the game a second time. She'll be missed.

* American heartbreak: Only one American in both singles draws made the round of 16: Andy Roddick. A pretty sad showing, to say the least.

* Surprise performances: There were a few of them, from the good--Alexandr Dolgopolov and David Ferrer--to the bad--Jelena Jankovic--to the really bad--poor Dinara Safina.

On that note, I'm gonna wrap up this wrapup. It's back to the regular season this week!

(Photo: AP)


Sunny nine said...

It is too bad for Wozniacki fans and maybe tennis in general that she did not win or at least get to the final at OZ. She is forever going to be a target with that no 1 on her head. But when you look at the points, I believe that Kim is 145 points behind. So despite her short schedule maybe she will be able to be no. 1. What is saving Woz is that Serena isn't playing and the issue about the latter being no 1 isn't as much a topic until Serena comes back and succeeds.
I was really happy to see Pennetta and Dulko get a major title. They had the same problem as Dinara did w Serena ie Pennetta/Dulko being no 1 while the Williams'had major titles last year. But at least now PD,as you said, got the monkey off their back.
As far as Safina goes. I think it will take time for her to get back on track. She was dealing with an awful, possible career-ending back problem. People tend to forget that.
It was nice for Novak to win another title as well as he has been playing. But the media tends to be so quick in writing off the other top players. Roger will continue to surprise us, Nadal will hopefully continue despite injuries. They will have to drag him off a court when he permanently retires, and Andy should do okay.
I think Vera is gaining in confidence every day and will be a continued threat in the women's draw.