Australian Open, 2014

Preview – Women’s Semifinals at Australian Open

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

By Jane Voigt — Crystal balls have been the gimmick behind hundreds of ill-conceived endeavors. But, as we all know, they don’t work. Because who would have believed that two semifinalists would be seeded 17 and 30? And, let’s be frank, who would have believed that Agnieszka Radwanska would succeed playing finesse to the power…

Fans Benefit as Heat Wave Breaks

By DownTheTee | January 16, 2017

By Jane Voigt January 16, 2017 — Australia’s longest heat wave since 1908 broke wide open today. Lightening splintered the sky, thunder clapped and rain spattered every inch of Melbourne Park. The three-hour delay was a bonus for those lucky fans at The Australian Open as well as early risers along the East Coast of…

Wawrinka Wins Bizarre Australian Open

By DownTheTee | January 26, 2014

By Jane Voigt No one in their right mind expected this final. No one.  Stanislaus Wawrinka defeated the overwhelming favorite, Rafael Nadal, to win his first-ever Grand Slam 63 62 36 63. To put this in a clearer perspective, Wawrinka had lost 26 consecutive sets in 12 matches to Nadal before this unprecedented victory. And,…

Li Na Wins Australian Open

By DownTheTee | January 25, 2014

By Jane Voigt January 25, 2014 — Li Na has won her first Australian Open, and her second major title overall, by defeating Dominika Cibulkova. She became the oldest woman ever to win this major and the first Asian woman to win what is frequently called the Asian Pacific Championships.  The rough and tumble first set win…

The Rafa Roger Show at Australian Open

By DownTheTee | January 23, 2014

By Jane Voigt What tennis fan can forget the day Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer at Wimbledon? It was 2008. Two rain delays sent players to locker rooms. The fifth set slipped into overtime. Then a Federer forehand thwacked the net cord and fell on his side. The evening closed in on darkness for Roger, as…

Odds On Favorite Out of Australian Open

By DownTheTee | January 21, 2014

By Jane Voigt For exactly four hours they bashed fuzzy yellow balls. And in a flash it was over. Novak Djokovic, the odds on favorite to win his fifth Australian Open title, was out. Up against the man who dragged their last two meetings to 5-set blockbusters — Melbourne 2013, U. S. Open 2013 —…

Federer Fun House Re-opens

By DownTheTee | January 20, 2014

By Jane Voigt January 20, 2014 — He’s back.  Whether it’s the bigger racquet, a healthy back, or Stefan Edberg’s influence, Roger Federer of the golden age looks to have been revived. At least from his performance last night where he kablobbered Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in straight sets, making the Frenchman look like a fish out…

Second Week Set in Australian

By DownTheTee | January 18, 2014

By Jane Voigt For all the hubbub about momentous clashes between this and that player, the outcomes today were quite predictable. Of course the bulldozers  —  The Big Four — plowed through. This is a Grand Slam and their performances impressed up and above the clouds. None has dropped a set. Three of these big…

Almost Half-way There

By DownTheTee | January 17, 2014

By Jane Voigt Half are in. Half are on hold. They all should get medals, though. They won three rounds in temperatures that touched 110F this week that tested every fiber of their being.   The courageous eight women that have made their way to the round of sixteen can bless their lucky stars, or…

Australia’s Day

By DownTheTee | January 15, 2014

By Jane Voigt “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie … Oy, Oy, Oy.” These garbled cheers are frequently heard around the grounds of Melbourne Park. If the shouts come from inside any arena, you know an Australian is competing. Wednesday Samantha Stosur, Casey Dellacqua, Matthew Ebden, plus the crowd-drawing doubles team of Patrick Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt thrilled…