Moon Tennis – Australian Open

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Australian Open

Ladies Singles Final

Caroline Wozniacki finally became a Grand Slam Champion after an epic three sets victory over Simona Halep. The Dane needed a tie-break to take the first set in a battle that would also determine who would become World number 1. Halep got a break early in the second set to force a decider winning the second set 6-3 playing some exceptional tennis.

It was Wozniacki who this time would prevail in the end however. She needed a medical time out at 4-3 down which she afterwards said gave her chance to re-focus and then reeled off three games in a row to take the title 6-4. The 27 year old has had a string of finals losses on the WTA tour over the last year, but finally gets over the line in the big one. For Halep, surely a Grand Slam of her own is not far away, but it was not to be this time.

Mens Singles Final

Roger Federer was taken all the way to a deciding set by Marin Cilic but in the end claimed his 20th Grand Slam title. Cilic started poorly with Federer taking the first set 6-2. Cilic settled in the second to force a tie break and got himself back in contention winning it to level the score. Federer got the only break in the third in the sixth game and went on to take the third set 6-3.

Federer got a break early in the fourth and had a point for a double break as he began to look like he was cruising to the title. But Cilic fought right back, saving the break point and then breaking Federer in the next game. In an incredible spell Cilic broke again eventually taking Set 4 by 6-3 to force a decider. The final set proved a letdown after the promise of what had gone before. Federer broke twice to take the final set easily 6-1 as the effort of the Croat finally took it’s toll. 

The legend of Federer continues. 20 Grand Slams and plenty of evidence there could be more to come yet from this top class athlete.

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis Results

Australian Open

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Ladies Singles Final

AT MELBOURNE PARK, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA< AUSTRALIA

Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) Beat Simona Halep (Romania)

2-1 (7-6 3-6 6-4)

Full Report (The Guardian)

Australian Open

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Men’s Singles Final

AT MELBOURNE PARK, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA< AUSTRALIA

Roger Federer (Switzerland) Beat Marin Cilic (Croatia)

3-2 (6-2 6-7 6-3 3-6 6-1)

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – Australian Open 2017

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Australian Open Tennis 2017

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Women’s Singles Final – S Williams v V Williams

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Serena powers to a record 23rd major title

Serena Williams is the most successful woman in the modern era surpassing Steffi Graf to claim her 23rd major grand slam title. Despite her sister Venus playing as well as she has in some time to reach this final she was no  match for her older sister’s power and speed. A break in each set was enough was Serena to claim her seventh Australian title, itself a record. How many more can she win? On this form in which she has won the title without dropping a set, there could be plenty more to come yet.

Full Report (Daily Telegraph)

Men’s Singles Final – Federer v Nadal

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Federer claims 5th Melbourne title winning epic battle of the old masters

The fall of the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray opened the way for two old rivals and masters of the game to meet once again in a grand slam final. The contest between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal did not disappoint. The first two sets were shared but it looked like Federer had taken control powering through the third set 6-1. The Spaniard was not done however. Federer made errors in the fourth game to let Nadal back in and he took advantage to break and lead 3-1 in the fourth. He served it out to take the fourth set 6-3 and ensure the crowd got the decider they wished for. Nadal continued the momentum, breaking in the first game of the final set to take the advantage. However Federer kept going and had break point in each of the next three service games of Nadal, at the third attempt he took one to get the score back to 3-3. 

After winning his next service game Federer then broke again to lead 5-3 and just one game away. Nadal kept fighting taking a 15-40 lead with two chances to break back. An ace and a stunning forehand winner allowed Federer to save both. Federer then had a Championship point saved but earned a second one. He then looked to hit a winner tight to the line to win it, Nadal challenged, the crowd waited, Hawkeye deemed the ball in and finally the Swiss had his 18th Grand Slam title. A fitting contest for a battle of this importance between to old masters we may never see again. 

Full Report (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Tennis Results

Australian Open Finals At Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Women’s Singles Final

Serena Williams (USA) Beat Venus Williams (USA)2-0 (6-4 6-4)

Men’s Singles Final

Roger Federer (Switzerland) Beat Rafael Nadal (Spain) 3-2 (6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3)

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – WTA Tour

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WTA Tour Finals

Sydney International Final – Konta v Radwanska

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Konta powers to victory in Sydney

Johanna Konta served a warning to competitors that she is bang in form dismantling Agneiszka Radwanska in the final of the Sydney International. The most trouble Konta was in was 0-30 down on her first service game, she turned that around and then broke in the third game serving out the remainder of the set and showing an array of power shots and fine serving including a second serve ace to take the first set 6-4. Konta then dominated the second set breaking twice to lead 4-0 and serving it out to take it 6-2 and win her second WTA title, securing her place in the top 10 and going into the Australian Open in fine form where she reached the Semi-Finals last year.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Hobart International Final – Mertens v Niculescu

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Mertens big decision pays off

Elise Mertens was a qualifier for the Hobart International but came through a champion as she easily dispatched Monica Niculescu of Romania. Mertens had to win eight matches to take the title including beating top seed and fellow Belgian Kiki Bertens along the way. In the final itself she gave an impressive display dropping only four games. She choose to forgo Australian Open qualifying to concentrate on Hobart and it will pay off as the title will move her into the top 100.

Full Report (Tennis.com)

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WTA TOUR RESULTS

Sydney International Final – At The New South Wales Tennis Center, Sydney, New South Wales

Johanna Konta (GB) Beat Agneiszka Radwanska (Poland)2-0 (6-4 6-2)

Hobart International Final – At The Hobart International Tennis Center, Hobart, Tasmania

Elise Mertens (Belgium) Beat Monica Niculescu (Romania)2-0 (6-3 6-1)

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Moon Tennis – Australian Open

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Tennis

Australian Open

Men’s Final

Murray loses fifth Austrlaian final as Djokovic reigns supream

A ruthless display from world number one Novak Djokovic sealed an 11th Grand Slam title for the Serb. His opponent, Andy Murray, began as if he had plenty on his mind with his wife due to give birth and his father in law having collapsed earlier in the week. Djokovic raced to the first set 6-1 as Murray barely got started. Murray had his chances to break in a marathon second set that featured many long baseline rallies. However it was Djokovic who broke at 5-6 to take the second set. The third went to a tie break but Djokovic moved into a 6-1 lead in the breaker and sealed the title on his third match point. It was Murray’s fifth defeat in the Australian Open final and Djokovic has now won 11 out of the last 12 meetings between the two. These are the two best players right now, but there is a big gulf even between them at present.

Women’s Final

Kerber stuns Williams to claim first grand Slam

German Angelique Kerber showed few signs of nerves in her first Grand Dalm Final as she defeated World number 1 Serena Williams in a superb three set contest. Kerber seemed to find ways to chase down and use Williams power against her using the speed to return the favour time and time again. Kerber took the first set 6-4 frustrating Williams with her ability to keep making her play the extra shot and eventually got the break. Williams fought back to take the second set 6-3 but had a dreadful start to the final set being broken straight away with Kerber moving into a 5-2 lead. Williams showed her Champion class to get the break back but at 4-5 Kerber broke again with shots the summed up her brilliant perfromance to secure her first major title win. The win also means Williams does not equal Kerber’s fellow German Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slams, although that is surely a matter of time. Kerber moves to 2nd in the World rankings on the back of the victory in Melbourne.

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Tennis

Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Victoria

Mens Singles (Results From the Quarter-Finals)

Quarter Finals

Roger Federer (Switzerland) Beat Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) – 3-0 (7-6 6-2 6-4)

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Beat Kei Nishikori (Japan) – 3-0 (6-3 6-2 6-4)

Andy Murray (GB) Beat David Ferrer (Spain) – 3-1 (6-3 6-7 6-2 6-3)

Milos Raonic (Canada) Best Gael Monfils (France) – 3-1 (6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4)

Semi Finals

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) – 3-1 (6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3)

Andy Murray (GB) Beat Milos Raonic (Canada) – 3-2 (4-6 7-5 6-7 6-4 6-2)

FINAL

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Beat Andy Murray (GB) – 3-0 (6-1 7-5 7-6)

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Wins the 2016 Australian Open

Womens Singles (Results from Quarter Finals)

Quarter Finals

Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) Beat Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) – 2-0 (6-1 6-3)

Serena Williams (USA) Beat Maria Sharapova (Russia) – 2-0 (6-4 6-1)

Angelique Kerber (Germany) Beat Viktoria Azarenka (Belarus) – 2-0 (6-3 7-5)

Johanna Konta (GB) Beat Shuai Zhang (China) – 2-0 (6-4 6-1)

Semi Finals

Serena Williams (USA) Beat Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) – 2-0 (6-0 6-4)

Angelique Kerber (Germany) Beat Johanna Konta (GB) – 2-0 (7-5 6-2)

FINAL

Angelique Kerber (Germany) Beat Serena Williams (USA) 2-1 (6-4 3-6 6-4)

Angelique Kerber (Germany) wins the 2016 Australian Open

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