The Australian Open

952391546_c349b17f55.jpgThe Australian Open is labelled as the grand-slam of the Asia Pacific. Held in Melbourne Park, each year in January, it is the first of the four Grand-slams that happen every year. The Open, originally held on a grass court surface, is held on a hard court surface, which has been fully refurbished this year. The introduction of the new “True Blue” Plexicushion surface is something refreshing. Other changes include a reduced surface temperature and a more consistent ball pace and bounce.

The tournament, which is managed by Tennis Australia, is sponsored by Kia Motors, with the associated sponsors including GE money and Garnier, and the official technology partner is IBM.

The current Australian Open is on from the 14-27th of January, and has attracted the world’s best players, including Roger Federer, Raphael Nadal, and Venus Williams.

Sania Mirza, who is seeded no. 31, won her match today with ease, the final score being 6-4, 6-2, defeateing Iroda Tulyaganova.

Famous tennis players from Australia include Rod Laver and Lleyton Hewitt.

The defending champions for the Australian Open are Serena Williams and Roger Federer for the respective singles title.

One can be certain that the coming weeks showcase some of the best in the world of tennis.

In India, The coverage of the Australian Open is through Star Sports, which starts tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at approximately 4.30 AM.

Women’s Singles

1. Sorana Cirstea v/s Ana Ivanovic

Vodafone Arena

Ana Ivanovic won the first set, (7-5), through excellent returns, and one witnessed deuce-advantage interchangeably.

Ivanovic took the second set as well through some consistent Tennis.

After 3 match-points, Ivanovic ran away with the match showcasing her solid ground strokes.

The final score was:

7-5, 6-3

Ana Ivanovic endorses Adidas and Yonex.

2. Venus Williams ( seed 8 ) v/s Zi Yan

Venus Williams took the first set with ease, and Yan, who had a consistent serve to her advantage, was no match for the mighty Venus.

The second set went a little closer, the score being 7-5.

Venus’s serve was on song with 7 aces in total, however, what wasn’t to her advantage was 29 unforced errors.

Venus Williams, who is seeded 8, looked good on court, and is a strong contender for the title. She seemed to be in good shape, and took the match with ease.

She is 6 feet tall, and has an impressive reach, and hence has an advantage over her opponents.

The final score was 6-2, 7-5

Venus wears her own brand of clothing and endorses Wilson.

Devika Menon