Best and worst of January 2012

Best of January 2012:

Australian Open 2012

The Australian Open: 2 fantastic weeks of tennis.

Esther Vergeer‘s winning streak continues: she notched her 444th consecutive win, defeating Aniek Van Koot 6-0, 6-0 to capture the Women’s Wheelchair singles title.

Victoria Azarenka claims her first Grand Slam title and becomes the new WTA number 1.

Novak Djokovic has now won 4 or the last 5 Grand Slams.

Andy Murray hires tennis legend Ivan Lendl as his new coach, wins his first title of the year in Brisbane, and reaches the Australian Open semifinals. And there’s even more: he seemed to have fun on court!

Bernard Tomic: winner in Kooyong, semifinalist in Brisbane, he reached the fourth round of the Australian Open. He’s perhaps the real deal after all…

Lleyton Hewitt‘s incredible run, and Nadal’s nice words about the Australian veteran.

I always liked him, his spirit of competition. Today he is an example to follow for a lot people. He deserves all the respect of the people who love this sport and respect and admiration of everyone

January tournament winners: Kaia Kanepi (Brisbane), Andy Murray (Brisbane), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Doha), Milos Raonic (Chennai), Zheng Jie (Auckland), David Ferrer (Auckland), Victoria Azarenka (Sydney), Jarkko Nieminen (Sydney), Mona Barthel (Hobart)

2 blogs to follow: The Grand Slam Gal and I have a tennis addiction

Worst of January 2012:

Margaret Court‘s well-known homophobia has reached new heights. Read more about it here: A disappointing irony behind Court’s comments. I mean, they really should rename the Margaret Court Arena into Evonne Goolagong Arena, it would sound so much better, no?

Caroline Wozniacki. No need to add more. At least, she’s not the number one anymore, a really good news for the WTA.


Andy Murray: still slamless.

Roger Federer: after all their matches, he can’t still figure out how to play Nadal, even on hard courts.

Rafael Nadal: his run into the final was unexpected, but this defeat in final will hurt. He is now 0-7 in his 7 last meetings with Djokovic. At least he knows what he needs to work: his serve. During the final, his second serve average speed was 136km/h. No wonder why he lost his serve so many times!

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal: these guys are always injured but they keep running and running for hours and hours . I really would like to know what they eat for breakfast.

Sam Stosur: the pressure proved too much for the 2011 US Open champion, who crashed out in the first round, beaten 7-6 (2), 6-3 by Sorana Cirstea .

Serena Williams: as always, excuses and no sportsmanship.

Despite his recent on-court success, Bernard Tomic is still the same immature guy: Bernard Tomic and girlfriend in bizarre standoff with police.

Injuries, injuries and even more injuries:
Federer (Doha), Williams, Clijsters, Haas(Sydney), Kirilenko, Kukushkin (Australian Open) the list of injuries and retirements goes on and on an on. Even worst, Flavia Pennetta retired in the third set of Brisbane final. A final played indoors in front of … 300 people due to heavy rain.

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