Sunday, January 31, 2010

Congrats to the 2010 Australian Open Champions!

Photo: Findlay Kember/AFP/Getty Images

Congrats to Roger Federer and Serena Williams, two of the top players of our time, for their wins in the men and women singles at the 2010 Australian Open finals! Congrats also the Bryan Brothers (Bob & Mike) for their victory in mens doubles! Same to Serena and her sister Venus Williams who won the women's doubles! Well done!

All displayed some awesome tennis in their wins: Federer over Andy Murray, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11), Serena over Justine Henin, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, the Bryan Brothers over Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, and the Williams sisters over Cara Black and Liezel Huber, 6-4, 6-3.

Each set personal or historic records. Federer won his 16th Grand Slam singles title, adding to his all-time record. Serena won her 12th Grand Slam singles title, now tied with Billie Jean King for 6th on the all-time list behind only Margaret Court, Steffi Graf, Helen Wills Moody, Chris Evert & Martina Navratilova. The Bryan Brothers won their 4th Australian Open doubles title, and now enjoy 8 overall Grand Slam doubles titles. The Williams sisters won their 4th Australian Open doubles title as well, 11th overall Grand Slam doubles title.

Federer and Serena, I think, are the supreme examples currently of the big-match mental toughness...

And as many critics, fans and historians say, Federer at the end of the day may well be the finest player this sport has ever produced...

Many also say that Serena, together with her sister Venus, have defined the power baseline game and big-serve style on the women's tour in the 2000s, both in singles and doubles.

Federer: on-court elegance in movement and shot-making, a human whip in perpetual "kinetic-chain" motion, effortless athleticism...beautiful to watch...

Serena: stength and power-shotmaking, relentless athleticism, and refuse-to-lose competitiveness...wise to study...

Best, Gary

1 comment:

  1. I always looked for an accurate serve when choosing a doubles partner, notice I say accurate rather than powerful tennis lessons . Obviously both are preferable but I've found that accuracy is the more important attribute.