Tennis tournament leaves little room for surprise Down Under

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Novak Djokovich took his third consecutive Australian Open Championship over Andy Murray on Jan. 29. The number-one seeded Serbian outplayed his British friend in four sets and just over four hours of play. The Women’s singles final had no major surprises either, Belurasian Victoria Azarenka topped number five Li Na in three sets.

The win by Djokovich extends the trend of dominance by a few select players on the Association of Tennis Professionals, ATP. Besides Novak, the past few years have been predominantly dominated by Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer who has recently replaced Rafael Nadal as Spain’s number one player. The story is the same on the Women’s side, the Women’s Tennis Association, WTA, seems to revolve around Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

Djokovich’s biggest challenge came in the fourth round against Switzerlands Stanislas Wawrinka winning in a fifth-set tiebreak. After that, it was smooth sailing for him through the Championship Match. Andy Murray was gracious in defeat, as always, saying that he was happy with his play over the last two years.

The Women’s side featured more excitement, especially American tennis fans. Second seeded Serena Williams lost against young American, Sloane Stephens, reminiscent of Melanie Oudin in 2009. Unfortunately, Stephens did not make it past the next match, losing to Azarenka in the semis.

As tennis turns its head towards the French Open, expectations have not changed. Djokovich, Federer, Ferrer and Murray will look to dominate again, but look for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to surprise and make a deep run. On the Women’s side, Sharapova will carry over her great play from Australia.