Monday, January 31, 2005

Incredible Open!!

What an Open!! Yeah, I am talking about the just concluded Australian Open. It was not a memorable one just because our very own Sania Mirza reached third round in her very first shot at the slam,not because Serena came back to winning ways but just because of the incredible tennis that was displayed by the players. This Australian open showed some fiercely competitive matches especially in men’s division.

These days men’s circuit has become all the more competitive. All the players who were “promising players” 3-4 years ago are now serving what they promised.

Although I missed most of the matches LIVE but managed to watch the highlights of most of the “best of the best” matches. No. 1,2,3 & 4 reached men’s semifinals. What more can u ask for when the best 4 in the business locked their horns in the semis. Federer Vs Safin match was a gem and that is my pick of the tournament. Although Federer lost the closely fought match, still, I feel he is a notch better than the rest three. He has got a rhythm, a silken touch in his game. He has got all the shots in the elegant backhand, lovely backhand slice, powerful forehand and a strong baseline game. He is the next Sampras. Roddick and Safin are on the same platform right now while Hewitt is there because of sheer determination and because of his never-say-die spirit. He is more like Mohammad Kaif in Indian cricket team. He is not naturally gifted player but he dig in hard, hang there at crucial moments and come out with flying colours. The no. of matches that he is winning from the jaws of defeat because of these qualities is just amazing!! In these 4 players lies the future of Men’s tennis..

Other notable matches were:
Safin Vs Hewitt , Hewitt Vs Roddick , Hewitt Vs Nalbandian , Federer Vs Agassi and Hewitt Vs Rafel Nadal ( he has got some talent too!!)

Women’s circuit is a little open these days with a flurry of Russian women making their mark. Although Serena won the tournament, she is not playing her best while Venus is , quite surprisingly, fading away. Still I would like to see the beautiful Russians and the Williams sisters tested by the Belgian duo of Henin and Clijsters who are still recuperating from injury.

All in all, it was a tournament to remember because of the incredible no. of closely fought matches, because of gutsy performance of Hewitt throughout the tournament, because of Federer – Safin match and because of SANIA!!

PS: If you are commenting, don't forget to post your favourites in Men and Women circuit..


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