Federer in, Williams Sisters Ousted

060129_federerer2_vmed_1020a.JPGRoger Federer is no doubt the King of Tennis. In an amazing match that had the excitement levels running high, he defeated James Blake to reach the Australian Open semifinals. He is nearing to meet Pete Sampras’ record of 14 grand slam wins, in his third consecutive year for the title, and is a few steps away from his 11th consecutive Grand Slam title.

He next faces No 3 Novak Djokovic, who beat No 5 David Ferrer 6-0, 6-3, 7-5. The world no. 1 looks all ecstatic to be nearing the finals. Federer has, no doubt, been the most successful and one of the greatest players of the century. After a difficult match against Tiparesvic, he quickly gathered his momentum and didn’t lose much time to enter the semifinals. His victory can be described as an amalgamation of hard work, determination and style. Federer has extended his match-winning streak against Blake to 8-0, thus defeating the American player in all the eight matches they have played.

Federrer joins two Serbian women in the semifinals – Ana Ivanovic, who defeated Venus Williams 7-6 (3), 6-4 on Wednesday and Jelena Jankovic, who beat Serena Williams on Tuesday. The Williams sister had a shock defeat in succession to two lesser known Serbian players who emerged as the stars of the Tournament.

Serena, who was the defending champion, won the title last year while she was ranked 81. She was heading towards her ninth grand slam but the run was cut short by Serbian, Jelena Jankovic, who defeated the American 6-3 6-4.

Eager Serbian star Ana Ivanovic is one match away from her second Grand Slam final after ousting Venus Williams to reach the Australian Open semi-finals at Melbourne Park.

Meanwhile, Yuki Bhambhri of India has reached the third round of the Boy’s singles after defeating Tadayuki Longhi of Japan 6-1 6-3. The young player from India is ranked eighth in the world and is on a match-winning spree at the Australian Open having already reached the third round of the Grand Slam.

Mahesh Bhupathi of India along with Mike Knowles of Bahrain defeated the Bryan Brothers, Mike and Bob of U.S.A 6-3 5-7 7-6 and reached the semifinals of the tournament. Bhupathi, who is undoubtedly one of the best players of India, has kept the hopes of his countrymen running high and is looking forward to the Grand Slam win.

As the finals get closer, the excitement rises and the winners would be soon discovered. The Australian Open is becoming more and more thrilling as it approaches its end and the world discovers the winners of the first grand slam of the year.

Surbhi Bhatia