So there have been some real surprises and some predictable faces in the upcoming finals of the Australian Open. Tonight I thought we would look at the women’s final and tomorrow we can look at the men’s (after the last semi-final is played tonight.)
On the women’s side the final two have already been decided. All eyes were on two former champs and wondering how they would do as we started off this year’s tennis season. The first to fall was Maria Sharapova. Truth be told I have never been a fan of Maria, she is such a noisy tennis player with all her grunting that sounds more like an owl hooting, really annoying. She is also a rather aloof player and has never seemed to partake in the comradery of the women’s tour. Maria was knocked out in the round of 16 by Ashleigh Barty of Australia (who may have had a home court advantage,) but that opened up opportunities for a lot of players.
So the second former champ we were all watching is in my opinion the GOAT female tennis player, Serena Williams. Serena made it to the quarter finals after an incredible match against Simona Halep. You could see from the first set she was tired coming in and her opponent Karolína Plíšková brought her A game. Serena made a bit of come back midway through the second set but then seemed to run out of steam in the last set and sadly had to wave goodbye to her fans as she left Rod Laver Arena.
So yesterday we had two fabulous semi finals featuring Karolína Plíšková v Naomi Osaka with Ms. Osaka winning in three. Followed by Petra Kvitová v American surprise semi finalist Danielle Collins. Ms. Kvitová won quite easily but Ms. Collins should be nothing but proud of her performance.
So our final will be Naomi Osaka v. Petra Kvitová. I have to be honest I am rooting for Petra. She has always been such a great player and has managed a great comeback after a nasty incident in 2016. (Shortly before Christmas, she was robbed at her home in the Czech Republic by a knife-wielding attacker, which resulted in tendon and nerve injuries to her left hand.)
So keep your eyes open this weekend and hopefully you can catch some good tennis on the telly.