Early exit for the 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist, beaten by Shvedova in the first round.
The world No. 1 will compete in the first Grand Slam of 2015 in the Nike Slam Tunic and Nike Slam Printed shorts.
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A trip down memory lane:
Australian Open trivia
The tragedy of Daphne Akhurst
The Norman Brookes Challenge Cup
1960 Australian Open: Neale Feaser, a costly volley
1960: first Grand Slam title for Rod Laver
1960-63 Australian Open: Jan Lehane four time runner-up
1974 Australian Open: Jimmy Connors first Grand Slam title
1975: John Newcombe defeats Jimmy Connors
1981: First Australian Open title for Martina Navratilova
1983: Mats Wilander defeats Ivan Lendl
1984: Mats Wilander defeats Kevin Curren
1987-1988 Swedes spoil the party
1987: Stefan Edberg defeats Pat Cash
January 11, 1988: first day of play at Flinders Park
1988: Mats Wilander defeats Pat Cash
1990: John McEnroe disqualified!
1990: Ivan Lendl’s last Grand Slam title
1991: Monica Seles first Australian Open title
1994: First Australian Open title for Pete Sampras
1995: Mary Pierce defeats Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1995 QF: Pete Sampras emotional comeback win over Jim Courier
1995: Andre Agassi defeats Pete Sampras, wins first Australian Open title
1996 Australian Open: Mark Philippoussis defeats Pete Sampras in the 3rd round
Impressions from the 1996 Australian Open: Monica Seles and Boris Becker last Grand Slam titles, Stefan Edberg last appearance in Australia
1997 Australian Open: Pete Sampras defeats Carlos Moya
2001 Australian Open: Pat’s last chance
2001 Australian Open final: Andre Agassi defeats Arnaud Clément
2002: Capriati scripts a stunning sequel in Australia
2003 Australian Open: last Grand Slam title for Agassi
2005 Australian Open: Heartbreak for Lleyton Hewitt
2009 Australian Open: Rafael Nadal defeats Roger Federer
Fashion and gear:
Ana Ivanovic adidas dress
Tomas Berdych H&M outfit
Kei Nishikori Uniqlo outfit
Novak Djokovic Uniqlo outfit
Serena Williams Nike outfit
Maria Sharapova Nike dress
Rafael Nadal Nike outfit
Roger Federer Nike outfit
Grigor Dimitrov Nike outfit
Nick Kyrgios Nike outfit
Vika Azarenka Nike outfit
Venus Williams dress
This is a guest post by Margaret
The Open already felt … uncertain, since one of my favorites couldn’t defend his championship.
An American attending an American tournament, when much had been made of the steadily vanishing number of Americans in the Men’s Singles Draw, I wondered if the tournament’s “big story” would be a victory for American players in Women’s Singles (Serena), Men’s Doubles (the Bryans, gunning for their 100th title), and Mixed Doubles (this is when Taylor (Townsend) and Donald (Young) had reached the quarters, but not yet lost in them) … even in the face of the American men seemingly unable to manage it.
Then Taylor and Donald lost.
And I reverted to having no clue what the “story” might be.
I heard Darth Vader’s Theme adapted to “Darth Federer’s Theme” at the US Open in 2007, its presence underscoring Roger’s relentless march through the draw like it did the original Vader’s stalking and sweeping through The Empire Strikes Back.
That theme followed the (alleged) Darth Fed’s come-from-behind 5-setter against Gael Monfils in those … quarterfinals … this year.
It sounded ominous to me, placed there. And not in a good way.
I wanted to call up the US Open DJ from outside of New York City where I was, and cry “Too soon! Too soon!” as many times as it took for him to shut it off.
We all know how that turned out.
But we didn’t know it when Roger took the court, guided – many would argue, to much-improved results over recent months – by his once-idol, to square off against another man with a score to settle with his sport who was also guided by his once idol … another variation on the “new story”, the theme of the once-kings positioning their new champions, near-champions, or renewed champions like chess pieces, the tight struggle for first-time crowns, or repeat crowns, or to create them kings above all (yes, Roger – please come back. We know you will play as long as we watch, and we will watch as long as you play. One more. Encore. Just one more).
I listened to a clip of Bud Collins commenting on the variety of Johnny Mac’s game, and another clip of Steve Tignor talking about how that one-handed backhand in combination with a frequent net approach in the modern game brought the upside to a player of so much more variety in his or her game at the same time that it brought the downside of much more risk.
I had the great good fortune to spend time with the Mens Champions Doubles Teams of McEnroe/McEnroe and Cash/Martin to witness exactly what Mr. Collins meant (yes, JMac fans, he’s still got it :-)).
The ladies played on Ashe on their historic Championship Sunday. And I got to see them. In that same clip, Mr. Collins talked about Mr. Ashe’s enormous influence on tennis for the good, extending down to what he felt was an inspirational influence for the Williams sisters, both of whom serve now in an inspirational role for a new generation of athletes, and one of whom was looking to put another layer of historic lustre on that influence – if she could get past the Women’s Winner of the US Open 2014 Sportsmanship Award, who was looking for her historic first Slam title.
That – that I couldn’t know, in any match, whose strategy would prevail, whose backhand would prove more devastating, whose legs would last – was, through every match, what kept me pasted in front of any screen I could see it on for the duration of the time I couldn’t be there in person like I annually scrambled to set aside the time to do.
As we take a breath between the great Grand Slams, and warm up for the Davis Cup – we know what the stories are, already, for each of the personalities we follow.
We just don’t know how this chapter of them is going to come out.
And that is why we watch.
Serena Williams road to the final
|R1||Taylor Townsend||6-3 6-1|
|R2||Vania King||6-1 6-0|
|R3||Varvara Lepchenko||6-3 6-3|
|R4||Kaia Kanepi||6-3 6-3|
|QF||Flavia Pennetta||6-3 6-2|
|SF||Elena Makarova||6-1 6-3|
Caroline Wozniacki’s road to the final
|R1||Magdalena Rybarikova||6-1 3-6 2-0 ret|
|R2||Aliaksandra Sasnovich||6-3 6-4|
|R3||Andrea Petkovic||6-3 6-2|
|R4||Maria Sharapova||6-4 2-6 6-2|
|QF||Sara Errani||6-0 6-1|
|SF||Shuai Peng||7-6 4-3 ret|
Serena Williams – Caroline Wozniacki head to head
They met nine times, with Wozniacki’s only win in Miami two years ago.
|2014||Cincinnati R2||Hard||Serena Williams||2-6 6-2 6-4|
|2014||Montreal QF||Hard||Serena Williams||4-6 7-5 7-5|
|2013||Beijing QF||Hard||Serena Williams||6-1 6-4|
|2012||London Olympics QF||Hard||Serena Williams||6-0 6-3|
|2012||Madrid R3||Clay||Serena Williams||1-6 6-3 6-2|
|2012||Miami QF||Hard||Caroline Wozniacki||6-4 6-4|
|2011||US Open SF||Hard||Serena Williams||6-2 6-4|
|2009||Tour Championships SF||Hard||Serena Williams||6-4 0-1 ret|
|2009||Sydney QF||Hard||Serena Williams||6-7 6-3 7-6|
Who will win the 2014 US Open?
- Serena Williams (38%, 22 Votes)
- Eugenie Bouchard (17%, 10 Votes)
- Maria Sharapova (16%, 9 Votes)
- Other (12%, 7 Votes)
- Petra Kvitova (7%, 4 Votes)
- Simona Halep (5%, 3 Votes)
- Li Na (2%, 1 Votes)
- Jelena Jankovic (2%, 1 Votes)
- Victoria Azarenka (2%, 1 Votes)
- Agnieszka Radwanska (0%, 0 Votes)
- Angelique Kerber (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 58
Photo credit: Marianne Bevis