Australian Open, 2018

Roger Federer Clinches Record 20th Grand Slam and 6th Australian Open title

By DownTheTee | January 28, 2018

By Jane Voigt January 28, 2018 — The odds are forever in Roger Federer’s favor, just as they were coming into this Australian Open final. Yet only a few foresaw a battle like this one, which went the distance and earned Federer his 20th Grand Slam singles title and sixth Australian Open, 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, over…

Caroline Wozniacki Wins First Grand Slam in Epic Australian Open Final

By DownTheTee | January 27, 2018

By Jane Voigt Championship tennis is not fair. One wins and one loses on little more than a point. Today, Caroline Wozniacki secured that slim margin and prevailed in an epic duel of two evenly-matched players both seeking their first major title and number-one spot in women’s tennis.  “I never cry,” Wozniacki said on Rod Laver…

Women’s Final a Bevy of Firsts at Australian Open

By DownTheTee | January 26, 2018

By Jane Voigt Neither has won a Grand Slam. Both have had their chances. And that’s the stage on which Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki — the top two seeds — will step Saturday as each competes for their first major plus the number one ranking. By all measures they should’ve been out of the draw. Halep saved…

Silence Surrounding Abuse of Former Tennis Star Jelena Dokic Follows Patterns Found in Gymnastics

By DownTheTee | January 25, 2018

By Jane Voigt Both Billie Jean King and Jelena Dokic are pioneers.  King began the Women’s Tennis Association in 1973, has continued to champion human rights, and has earned numerous awards for advocacy, including The Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Dokic, on the other hand, is a woman with less international recognition for services to others although she was heralded…

When Tennis and Politics Collide

By DownTheTee | January 24, 2018

By Jane Voigt The obvious: Social media is deeply imbedded in our hearts, minds and bodies. Just look up and see for yourself. Anything is game. And anyone can get gamed. Take Tennys Sandgren.  The 26-year-old Tennesseean captured the world’s attention at this Australian Open in a big way. He had never won an ATP…

Madison Keys and Angelique Kerber Happy, Healthy and Eager for their Quarterfinal at Australian Open

By DownTheTee | January 23, 2018

By Jane Voigt Madison Keys and Angelique Kerber have been here before. On a big stage, ready for battle. The German, and 2016 Australian Open Champion Kerber, leads their head-to-head, 6-1. But glances backward coupled with speculation forward should be thrown out the window. As they say, this is a Grand Slam quarterfinal; all bets…

Dreams Come True, Just Ask Hyeon Chung and Tennys Sandgren

By DownTheTee | January 22, 2018

By Jane Voigt It’s not that six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic lost or that the fifth seeded Dominic Thiem lost, although that can’t be dismissed. It’s the fact that their victors — Hyeon Chung (58 in world) and Tennys Sandgren (97 in world) — will meet in the quarterfinals, their first at any major…

A Steady Grigor Dimitrov Earns Spot in Quarterfinal of Australian Open

By DownTheTee | January 21, 2018

By Jane Voigt There’s a razor-sharp line between brilliance and stupidity on a Grand Slam court. Nick Kyrgios dances that edge, seeming to relish the danger. Just look at his Mohawk buzz-cut and the diamond earring studs.  Across the net from Kyrgios late today at the Australian Open, in their 4th-round match, stood the number-three…

Angelique Kerber Advances in Battle of Champions

By DownTheTee | January 20, 2018

By Jane Voigt Angelique Kerber took an extended walk-about last year. But make no mistake, she is back in form showing strength of character, honed defensive and spatterings of offensive skills, plus her iconic crouching-tiger ground strokes.  “I’m just so happy it’s 2018 and not 2017 anymore,” Kerber said, in her press conference, after thumping…

Opportunities Abound for New Faces at Aussie Open

By DownTheTee | January 19, 2018

By Jane Voigt Venus Williams lost in the first round. The French Open, Wimbledon and U. S. Open champions Jelena Ostapenko, Garbine Muguzura and Sloane Stephens respectively, are gone; and, Serena Williams, the Australian Open champ from 2017, withdrew before a ball was struck. She wasn’t ready to compete like she knows she can compete, after…