Djokovic does it again

AUSTRALIAN OPEN Men’s Final: [CR1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [CR6] Andy Murray (GBR) The first set was a battle for control, not only of the set but of the match.  Whoever won the first set was going to win the match because the toll of losing that first set would inevitably have a negative impact…

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Serena’s dominance over Sharapova continues

AUSTRALIAN OPEN Women’s Final: [CR1] Serena Williams vs. [CR2] Maria Sharapova (RUS) Their rivalry was born in 2004.   Serena was expected to win her third straight Wimbledon trophy when she was ruthlessly derailed by a teenage upstart named Maria Sharapova.  Sharapova also prevented her from claiming the WTA Tour Championships’ trophy that same year.  Serena does…

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2015 Australian Open

Who will claim the first major trophy of the season?  After all the excitement and anticipation about the new crop of talented young players, the final four is set and the survivors remain old familiar faces. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have been battling each other for over a decade.  They withstood the challenge of…

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Serena wins power battle

AUSTRALIAN OPEN Women’s Semifinal: [CR1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [CR35] Madison Keys (USA) The first set was erratic as both players tried to settle the nerves and learn their opponent’s game.  Keys got off to a quick start breaking Serena in the first game.  Yet, Serena understood that falling too far behind against Keys would…

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Serena battles illness to victory

AUSTRALIAN OPEN [CR1] Serena Williams vs. [CR10] Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) Not wanting to exhaust herself any more than necessary, Serena came out focused and determined to avoid another three setter.  There was nothing that Cibulkova could do to derail Serena from her goal of a quick win.  Although her movement remains questionable, maybe conserving energy because…

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Keys wins the battle

AUSTRALIAN OPEN [CR18] Venus Williams (USA) vs. [CR35] Madison Keys (USA) It was going to be difficult for Venus to win.  She was up against the hard-hitting and confident Keys.  To succeed she would need to have a great start.  Unfortunately, she started slowly, a result of age, it takes the body a lot longer…

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