world’s top tennis players hit town to stake their claim on the Australian Open trophies,
fans flock to the world famous Melbourne Park courts to share in all the action and
excitement of Grand Slam Australian Open 2014 begins on
Monday,January 13 and ends on Sunday, January 26
Serena Williams: The Greatest Player of her generation, Serena Williams will head into the Australian Open as the player to beat. The World No.1 who compiled an incredible 78-4
win/loss record for the season including two Grand Slams and the Season Ending WTA Championships will arrive in Melbourne with an 18 match winning streak and will be eager to cement her position as the ‘Best Ever’ by winning her sixth Aussie Open and 18th Grand Slam crown.
Victoria Azarenka: In the present scenario, the Belarusian seems to be the only player who has both the armoury and the attitude to overcome the might of Serena Williams – something,
she did quite well in 2013, triumphing over the superstar twice in the finals of Doha and Cincinnati and pushing her to the third and the final set in the championship clash of the US Open.
However, the two time defending Australian Open champion mustn’t forget that she is yet to trounce Williams in a Slam final – losing out to the 17 times Major winner in back-to-back finals at Flushing Meadows in 2012 and 2013. And, if Azarenka wants to achieve that career defining victory over Serena, then she must not be afraid of taking her chances, which is to play an extremely high level of tennis for at least Two hours
Na Li: The 2 time former finalist and the top ranked Asian is a huge crowd favourite in Melbourne. Li will look to go a step further this time Round as she came particularly close to knocking out Victoria Azarenka from her position of being the champion last year.
However, the match took a decisive turn when the Chinese star hit her head into the surface of the court – shaken by the incident, Li began to make shoddy errors, giving way to yet another Azarenka victory inside the Rod Laver Arena.
Maria Sharapova: The 2008 champion and the fan favourite played exceedingly well last year dropping the least number of games en-route her journey to the semi-finals. But, some how she came unstuck against Na Li who simply tore her game apart in the last 4 to move into the finals against Victoria Azarenka.
Nonetheless, after recovering from a recurring shoulder injury once more and a new coach in her corner and a new found vigour, Maria will like to stay in the tournament for as long as possible – perhaps to win the trophy for the second time to lay her hands on a 5TH Grand Slam crown
Agnieszka Radwanska: Queen of Subtlety’ as she is called will launch her campaign to claim her debut Grand Slam title in Melbourne all over again. After losing out to Na Li in the quarterfinals in 2013, the Pole will look to use her deft touch and her nimble footwork to outwit her adversaries to prove to her critics that her style of tennis still works in Tennis. Yet, we mustn’t read too much about how she will be able to overcome the raw power of Serena Williams, or the hard hitting of Victoria Azarenka as the World No.5 certainly has the game to outfox the best of the lot and it is just a matter of time when we will see Aga deceiving them with her artistry on court.
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