January 11, 2015

Hi! (v.2015)

By Maria Noble In Archive

Hi! Here we are again with a new tennis season and an endless amount of possibilities. Of course, I’m very excited about blogging because new and endless! I believe this is the third straight year I’ve promised myself to write more. We’ll see how this goes… no promises but I’ll do my best.

So. Tennis. The start of this season has been quite something with Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Stan Wawrinka and David Ferrer all winning titles and Aga Radwanska and Serena Williams playing in the Hopman Cup final. If that doesn’t set up for an exciting Australian Open then I don’t know what does.

Along with winning his 83rd (lol) career title, Federer also nabbed his 1,000th career match win when he defeated Milos Raonic in the Brisbane final. He is only the third man in history to reach 1,000 ATP wins, Jimmy Connors has 1,253 and Ivan Lendl has 1,071. Not bad for an old goat.

While most of the top players had winning starts to the year, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Victoria Azarenka weren’t quite as successful. In Doha, Nole lost to Ivo Karlovic in the quarters while Rafa was knocked out in the first round by Michael Berrer. Vika almost won her opening round match in Brisbane as she led 6-4, 5-4 and had match point against Karolina Pliskova but could not close out the Czech and lost in 3 sets.

I doubt Nole’s loss to Karlovic suggests that he’ll have a disappointing Australian Open. In fact, he’s still my pick to win it all in Melbourne. However, I can’t say I have the same high expectations for Rafa and Vika who are both coming back from injury. But eyes will be on the Belarussian’s name when they make that Australian Open draw as she will be unseeded and could land anywhere.

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