Australian Open – Great Women’s Champions

serena williams

David Cox looks at some of the greatest female Australian Open champions in the Open era.   Margaret Court Court won 11 Australian Open singles titles in all, an incredible haul which will almost certainly never be bettered and although seven of those came before the Open Era, she continued her success after turning professional. Court triumphed from 1969-1971, sweeping the majors in … [Read more...]

When Should Serena Williams Retire?

Serena Williams

By Lewis Davies If Wimbledon 2012 taught us anything besides the terrible weather a UK summer can muster, it's that you never write off a champion. While Roger Federer made the biggest comeback since the return of the boy band, Serena Williams produced a similar return to the big time by claiming her fifth Wimbledon title and her 14th Grand Slam overall. Like Federer, she achieved these … [Read more...]

The Rise of Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber

By Lewis Davies In May 2011, Angelique Kerber was ranked 71 in the world and getting beat in the qualifiers of Rome to Varvara Lepchenko. Twelve months on, her story couldn’t be anymore different. A semi-final appearance at this year’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia is the eighth time she’s either reached that stage or bettered it during her last 17 tournaments; a remarkable run … [Read more...]

Who Will Step Up in the Women’s Game: Azarenka, Sharapova, Kvitova?

Maria Sharapova (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Following this year’s epic six-hour Australian Open final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the view that this era of men’s tennis is the greatest of all time continues to grow in strength. Djokovic’s mammoth win over 10-time Grand Slam winner Nadal brought the Serb’s own tally up to five and it looks only a matter of time before he joins his Spanish counterpart and 16-time major … [Read more...]

Tennis as a Family Affair

Williams sisters (top left), Djokovic brothers (right), Murray brothers (bottom left)

Atop the draw sheet for the recent tournament in Dubai was Novak Djokovic. If you cared to scroll down further you would have come across wild-card entrant Marko Djokovic, the younger brother to the current world number one. Sadly, twenty-year-old Marko, dressed in some very similar attire to his older brother, lost his opening match to Andrey Golubev in straight sets. In turn, this meant … [Read more...]

A Look at Winning Streaks in Women’s Tennis

Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova

Victoria Azarenka’s unbeaten start to the year has fluttered the hearts of many tennis fans from Minsk to Scottsdale but it’s also given historians a lift as they pull their record books out to see how it compares in the grand scale of women’s tennis. Novak Djokovic proved as an historian’s best friend this time last year with his own winning streak; the 'Serbinator' eventually went 43-0 … [Read more...]

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