The day four at the Australian Open just raised the excitement levels to a new high. Sania Mirza’s 6-1 4-6 6-5 won over Swiss Timea Bacsinszky. Hence now Indian fans can look forward to a sensational match of the Indian star with 2003 finalist and 8 seeded Venus Wiliams, who surged forward after defeating Camille Pin of France 7-5 6-4. The 2007 Wimbledon Champion committed a total of twenty unforced errors before gaining back her form and making a place for herself in the third round opposite India’s Sania Mirza. Plagued by injuries and controversies, Sania has not had a great start in the new year and the match opposite Williams is without doubt going to be extremely challenging. Considering Sania’s current form and performance so far in the Australian Open, the Indian player has been committing a lot of unforced errors and has had a patchy start. The match against Williams could prove to be a turning point for her career, but only if she is able to turn the tables in her favor.
Meanwhile, 2003 French Open Champion, Ferrero ended hopes of local player Alun Jones. The 22 seeded Ferrero scaled an easy 6-4 6-4 6-2 victory to win in straight sets in flat 108 minutes. 9 seeded Hantuchova stormed into the third round of the Australian Open eliminating France’s Alize Cornet 6-2 7-5. World No. 2, Svetlena Kuznetsova sailed through to the third round of the Grand slam defeating Tsvetana Pironkova 7-6 (7-0) 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.
The Australian Open till now has been very exciting with some great tennis. It is one place which has been full of surprises where great players have found themselves stumbling and many others have risen from anonymity to becoming famous players. Marcos Baghdatis and Fernando Gonzalez had the first great start of their careers from this place. Australian Open has been witness to some of the greatest tennis ever played by the greatest players. An interesting fact is that Australia’s Ken Rosewall is the youngest and the oldest player to win this grand slam for the first time in 1953 at the age of 13. He won it again at the age of 37, 19 years later!
The fifth day of the Australian Open will be packed with some very sensational tennis with Andy Roddick with German Philipp Kohlschreiber. Rafael Nadal will play opposite Gilles Simon of France.
In Women’s singles, World No. 1 Justine Henin will take up on Francesca Schiavone of Italy. Amelie Mauresumo of France who slipped in her world rankings to the 18th spot will be seen opposite Casey Dellacqua of Australia. Serena Williams will play opposite Victoria Azarenka of Belarus whereas Maria Sharapova will be seen tackling Elena Vesnina. The fifth day will filter out a lot of players and the top stars of the tournament will remain. Looking at the above list, it seems almost obvious to predict the wins, but surprise exits at the grand slam have not been uncommon. Therefore let us just enjoy some amazing tennis and may the best man/woman win.