The first grand slam of 2017 has come and gone. It was a tournament filled with disappointment and excitement. The grand slam took place at Melbourne Park from 16th – 29th January. If you couldn’t watch every single match, worry not. Here’s a brief summary of everything that happened during this year’s Australian Open.
In the men’s category, Roger Federer emerged as the champion after defeating Rafael Nadal in a five-set match. It was the first time the two world-class players met at an Australian Open final after 2009, in which Nadal took the glory. This was Federer’s 18th grand slam singles title, which is the most number of titles won by a male tennis player. This victory was also Federer’s fifth win at the Australian Open. The defending champion Novak Djokovic was unsuccessful in securing the title in 2017 as he lost to Denis Istomin in the second round itself.
With this shift in positions, it is impossible to say which man will steal the grand slam next year. All this uncertainty will make Australian Open 2018 a nail-biting tournament. So, make sure to get your Australian Open tickets as soon as possible to secure your seats.
There was no lack of excitement in the women’s category either. In the battle between the sisters, Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams by consecutively winning both sets (6-4 & 6-4). This was Serena’s 24th grand slam singles title and 7th Australian Open title. This victory allowed Serena Williams to surpass Steffi Graff and become the player with the highest number of victories in the women’s game in the Open Era. The defending champion Angelique Kerber was also unsuccessful in making it to the quarterfinals as she lost to Coco Vandeweghe in the fourth round.
Another surprising turn of event was how the infamous Bryan Brothers were defeated at the Men’s Doubles by Henri Kontinen & John Peers. It must be noted that this was the duo’s maiden grand slam victory. Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares – the defending champions – lost their title to Sam Querrey & Donald Young in the very first round.
Even though title defenders Martina Hingis & Sania Mirza performed excellently last year, they decided not to compete together in 2017. Mirza participated with Strýcová and made it to the third round and lost to Eri Hozumi & Miyu Kato, while Mingis teamed up with Vandeweghe and lost left the tournament in the second round. Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Šafářová emerged as champions after defeating Andrea Hlaváčková and Peng Shuai in the second & third sets.
In the mixed doubles, the defending champions Elena Vesnina & Bruno Soares could not retain their title as Vesnina did not participate in the tournament. Although Soares played with Kateřina Siniaková, their team had to withdraw in the second round. The doubles title was won was Abigail Spears and Juan Cabel after defeating Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig by winning two consecutive sets (6-2 and 6-2).
As you can imagine, the grand slam was nothing like what the tennis fans expected. This could only mean that Australian Open 2018 is going to be even better!