Australian Open Champions of the Past
January 19th, 2016 by Do It Tennis
This year’s Australian Open is off to an exciting start! With Caroline Wozniacki and Rafael Nadal out in the first round, fans are left to wonder how much longer our tennis favorites will continue to grace the tennis courts. But as history dictates, this year’s excitement is nothing new.
Since 1905 the tournament has been played out in the beautiful city of Melbourne, Australia. There has also been a plethora of winners, some surprising and long awaited. Here are just some of the memorable wins of the Australian opens’ past 10 years.
2014: On the women’s tennis side, Li Na (using a Babolat Pure Drive) defeats Dominika Cibulková: Na beat Cibulková to win the final. She made it past Flavia Pennetta and Eugenie Bouchard. This would be Na’s final year.
2014: On the men’s side, Stan Wawrinka (using a Yonex VCORE Tour 97) defeats Rafael Nadal: Wawrinka battled it out against Nadal but ultimately proved to be the stronger tennis player that day and won the single’s title. It was not an easy road to the finals for him. He had to beat Novak Djokovic and Tomáš Berdych.
2013: Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray who had beat David Ferrer to get him into the final. Both top players Djokovic and Serena Williams were knocked out rather early making the road to the finals a bit more unpredictable.
2012: Victoria Azarenka (armed with a Wilson Juice racquet) defeats Maria Sharapova: Victoria Azarenka had to beat and Kim Clijsters before out playing Maria Sharapova in the final.
2011: Kim Clijsters defeats Li Na who defeated Caroline Wozniacki: Kim Clijsters has her last career tennis title before retiring in 2012. She defeated Li Na for the women’s singles title.
2009: Rafael Nadal defeats Roger Federer: After a tough battle in the semifinals by Nadal and Fernando Verdasco, Rafa went on to defeat the tennis great himself Roger Federer.
2008: Maria Sharapova defeats Ana Ivanović for the title. To get to the finals Sharapova had to defeat Jelena Janković in the semifinal.
2005: Marat Safin defeats Lleyton Hewitt: Marat Safin had to beat Roger Federer, who beat Safin in the in the 2004 final, in the semi final to make it to the final and later play against Lleyton Hewitt for the win. This would be his last championship of his career.
This year we are excited to see some great thrills on the tennis court, starting with the Australian Open and are confident that there will be plenty of interesting matches.
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