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Archive: Jan 2014

Congratulations Australia – The Happy Slam!

Australian Open – The Happy Slam Two great finals – both with gripping first sets in very different ways. 2014 Champion – Li Na Li Na was not in control of the newcomer. Both appeared not to settle although this was Li’s third Aussie final, the petite Slovakian, Dominika Cibulkova did not disappoint in her first. […]

Super Stan In Dreamland After Downing Tearful Rafa

The tournament of shocks has ended with yet another. Stanislas Wawrinka out-gunned an injured Rafa Nadal to take the Australian Open 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. In doing so he became the first man in twenty years to beat the top two players on the way to winning a Slam.  No one had ever beaten Novak […]

Third Time Lucky as Comedienne Li Na Lives The Dream

Wonderful Li Na won her second Grand Slam – then  brought the house down with one of her trademark comedy routines in Melbourne.  She thrilled hundreds of millions in China on the way – and took her career earnings well beyond £50 million. But the whole world is rejoicing for one of the most popular […]

Nadal In Blistering Form

Rafa Nadal Takes Down Federer On His Way To The Australian Open Final Rafa Nadal cruised past a weary Roger Federer, despite having to deal with a painful, raw blister on his left hand. In doing so the dynamic Spaniard gave himself the chance to draw level with the legendary Pete Sampras by winning his […]

‘Stan The Man’ Wawrinka Deserves His Big Moment

Who isn’t delighted for Stanislas Wawrinka? His four-set victory over Tomas Berdych means that Stan The Man has earned his reward for all the great entertainment he has given us in recent times.  Those epic five-setters against Novak Djokovic, all those years of trying to break into the sport’s elite…now Wawrinka has something to show […]

Roger Rolls Back The Years!

Graceful Roger Federer moved like a youngster but used years of experience to defeat a ring-rusty Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.  Let off a controversial double bounce on the way to glory, Federer nevertheless deserved his win, having squandered match points in the third. Now we can look forward to yet another epic between […]

Novak Out In Epic…Stan’s The Man !

Stanislas Wawrinka produced one of the great Grand Slam shocks to end the extraordinary winning run of Novak Djokovic.  The gutsy Swiss won another five-set epic 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7.  In doing so, he ended Novak’s 28-match winning run, a separate 25-match winning streak at Melbourne, and a 14-match sequence of victories over Wawrinka […]

Sharapova-and-Out!

Why is women’s tennis so unpredictable? Now third seed Maria Sharapova has been dumped out of the Australian Open by Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round.  The Slovakian is almost a foot shorter than willowy Maria, which won’t have helped the proud Russian to swallow defeat any more easily. Despite winning the first set 6-3, […]

Stunned Serena Crashes Out to Comeback Queen Ana

Red-hot favourite Serena Williams saw her dreams of a Calendar Slam destroyed in the very first month by a resurgent Ana Ivanovic. Williams blamed a back injury, which isn’t thought to be too serious in the long run. ‘I almost pulled out,’ she admitted. ‘I’m such a competitor, I probably should have.’  She still won […]

FEDERER: ‘In Better Shape Than Rivals’

Roger Federer has thrown down the gauntlet to his younger rivals in Melbourne by suggesting that he is in better shape than them – even at the age of 32. The much-loved Federer cruised through to the last sixteen of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win over Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia.  Then […]