1982 & 2016 alias history repeats itself In the history, it happened once that a female player won the Aussie-US Open double: in 1982, Chris Evert completed it. However, even more interesting the way how she did it regarding the fact that Angelique Kerber did have a chance to repeat Evert’s feat 34 years later. . . .
Last time when a German player met a player from Czech(oslovak) in any Grand Slam final, it happened in 1993. That year, Steffi Graf beat Helena Sukova in the final of US Open by 6-3 6-3.
In the history of US Open (since 1881), it never happened that a Japanese player defeated a player from United Kingdom until now. They played 3 times each other, and interestingly the first two meeting went into 5 sets – like today’s match of Nishikori-Murray: 1928 – Henry “Bunny” Austin beat Teizo Toba 6-1 3-6 . . .
Today, Juan Martin Del Potro has a chance to make his amazing comeback from the long, involuntary injury break more memorable. Namely, anytime he went through the quarterfinal at US Open, he won the title. It just happened once (2009), however, comparing the route to the final that year to his opponents of the tournament . . .
On July 16, 2016 former world No. 1’s Justine Henin and Marat Safin received the highest honor in tennis – induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In addition, Class of 2015 inductee Amelie Mauresmo was honored in the induction ceremony, as she missed last year’s due to the birth of her child. Master . . .
Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray, 4th times in the Australian Open final. The world No. 1 won all finals, however the only question is: is Murray able to bounce back and break through here in Melbourne winning a Major title in his post-Lendl career. Or Novak will join Borg and Laver collecting his 11th GS titles, and his 6th AO crown which will be equaled with the all-time record holder Roy Emerson.
3 time French Open champion, former world No.1, and popular on and off the court, in his homeland and worldwide as well. Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten is 39 today!
Belinda Bencic made a huge upset defeating Serena Williams in the semifinal at Rogers Cup in Toronto
Second week, Friday, it should be the time for the men semifinals where -after 2012 – again 75% of the BIG4 are there: the World No.1 Serb, the Swiss Maestro, the local hero and the eternal promise French…The last 4 are now only one step away from the final, so close in fact that they can almost taste it… Let’s review some miscellaneous stats regarding the semifinals.
This article is dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the first Australian Championship Written by Karoly Mazak Until the Open-era…1957-1968 Lew Hoad loses in the semis of the 1957 Australian Championships in Melbourne to Neale Fraser, who is stopped by Ashley Cooper in the final. World No. 2 Shirley Fry beats No. 4 Althea Gibson . . .