The first Grand Slam of the year is often the most exciting. Held “down under” in Australia each January, the Australian Open opens the curtain to the professional tennis season each year. Hungry players return from their breaks desperate to get off to a good start on their tour circuits, and lucky fans get to witness this remarkable event. 2016 will surely be another great year for Melbourne tennis fans. Here were some of the 2015 Australian Open memorable moments:
1. Rafael Nadal defeated Tim Smyczek –
Nadal returned to form in Australia and won this enthralling 2nd round match after 5 grueling sets. While early in the tournament, it showcased that the feisty Spaniard was back to his hard-fought ways.
2. Andreas Seppi defeated Roger Federer –
In just the 3rd round, the incredible Swiss star was eliminated after some very un-Federer like play. Fortunately, he was able to recover for a decent tour with two runs to Grand Slam Finals.
3. Victoria Azarenka defeated Caroline Wozniacki –
Azarenka powered her way to good form in just the 2nd round, eliminating the highly ranked Wozniacki, who’s tremendous runs have been offset by such head-shaking losses.
4. Lleyton Hewitt beaten by Benjamin Becker –
The Aussie crowd favorite Hewitt is still going strong at age 34, but will the 2016 Australian Open be his last in his home country before he retires?
5. Madison Keys beat Venus Williams –
The young American took down her famed veteran counterpart in this 2015 quarterfinal match, helping her to a first Grand Slam semifinals, where Venus’ sister Serena finally put an end to Keys’ run. Just 20 years of age, Keys could be the future in American women’s tennis.
6. Milos Raonic defeated by Novak Djokovic –
The highly touted Canadian star went out in straight sets to Djokovic at the quarterfinal stage, kicking off an unspectacular 2015 season. Will Raonic return to form in 2016?
7. Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Kei Nishikori –
The defending champion Wawrinka held his own, taking out the 2014 US Open finalist Nishikori in straight sets and continuing his incredible late-career bloom.
8. Bethanie Mattek-Sands beaten by Simona Halep –
The American veteran kicked off a special 2015 by progressing to the Australian Open’s 3rd round before falling to Halep in straight sets. Mattek-Sands also reached the 3rd round of the 2015 US Open, returning well in 2015 after a season plagued by injury the year prior.
9. Eugenie Bouchard defeated by Maria Sharapova –
2015 started well for Bouchard, but following a straight sets loss in the Australian Open, she never recovered, failing to venture past the 1st round in the French Open and Wimbledon, and losing in the 4th at the US Open.
10. Big Finals Resulted in Big 2015’s – For tennis’ top two players, Serena Williams, and Novak Djokovic, victories in the Australian Open kicked off fantastic years in which both players took home 3 Major titles! Williams beat Sharapova while Djokovic took down the resurgent Andy Murray.
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