Australian Open, 2016

Djokovic Just Too Good, Wins 6th Australian Open

By DownTheTee | January 31, 2016

He kissed the court, as he well should. It’s been good to Novak Djokovic, giving him that comfy cozy feel of home. Andy Murray, meanwhile, earned his own record … losing five-of-five finals at this major.  “I feel like I’ve been here before,” Murray told fans, a wry smile peeking through his obvious disappointment. “Well done…

Kerber KOs Serena to win First Grand Slam

By DownTheTee | January 30, 2016

“These were the best two weeks of my life,” Angelique Kerber told fans. She wasn’t kidding.  She’d celebrated her 28th birthday, faced match point in her opening round, advanced to her first major final, and saved her very best for last doing what most would think impossible — beating Serena Williams to win the Women’s Singles title…

Men’s Australian Open Semifinal: A Play in Three Acts

By DownTheTee | January 28, 2016

January 28, 2016 — Scene: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Park, Australia. Men’s singles semifinal between world number one and number-one seed, Novak Djokovic, and world number three and number-three seed, Roger Federer. Head-to-head tied at 22-22, as action commences. (Note: roof open.) ACT I — SuperNova(k)Little did we know just how fast a player of Novak Djokovic’s…

Angelique Kerber Into First AO Semifinal

By DownTheTee | January 27, 2016

Angelique Kerber gets a bum rap: she pushes the ball … Her serve is weak. But no matter the chiding the German gets, she did what was considered near impossible today in the quarterfinals of The Australian Open. She defeated Victoria Azarenka, 6-3 7-5, for the first time in eight meetings sending the odds-on favorite packing. …

Federer, Yet Again

By DownTheTee | January 24, 2016

Why write about Roger Federer? Hasn’t enough been said? Shouldn’t he just retire? He’s closing in on 35! What about all those other players who would give up a shoe deal for a couple hundred ‘likes’ on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Vine from some good publicity? At least then, they’d come somewhat even…

Fairytale Run Continues for Zhang Shuai

By DownTheTee | January 23, 2016

Zhang Shuai believes she can win the whole thing. And, yet, before Monday she had never won a main draw match at a Grand Slam in fourteen attempts. As a result, she contemplated retirement at age 27 last fall.  With her career flipped on its miraculous axis, though, the qualifier and 133-ranked Chinese woman has blown…

Breakthrough Performances at Australian Open

By DownTheTee | January 22, 2016

It’s crunch time in Melbourne. That time over the fortnight when refined predictions take on a serious note. But before we turn the Happy Slam into a homework assignment, let’s take a look at several new faces that’ve shone brightly during the opening rounds. Top Half, Women’s SinglesMargarita Gasparyan — The 21-year-old Russian was one of…

Lleyton ‘Rusty’ Hewitt Bids Farewell

By DownTheTee | January 20, 2016

Between the roars was dead silence. Respect for Rusty apparent. Yet the tennis legend known for his spirit, his fight, his grueling and grinding style of baseline play could not muster enough to extend the inevitable. So, in his 20th consecutive appearance at the Australian Open, the curtain came down on Lleyton Hewitt’s remarkable career.    As…

Round One Done & Dusted in Melbourne

By DownTheTee | January 19, 2016

JPlayers love Melbourne and the Australian Open. Officials treat them well. Fans are tennis savvy and ardent supporters of a game dear to their hearts. So when three of the top-ten seeds lose in their opening round, a puff of sadness hangs over the grounds. Such was the case Tuesday.  Rafael Nadal (No. 5) lost confidence…

Tough Opener at Australian Open

By DownTheTee | January 18, 2016

With temperatures soaring in Melbourne and nervous expectations distracting players from what should have been a normal day at the office, results revealed a harsh reality: the first round of the first slam can be tough. But no one said it was going to be easy.  Gone from women’s top half of the draw were perennial…