A Week of Sport #9 – Tennis Special

Welcome to a week of sport, a weekly post that let’s our in-house sports fanatics rant and rave about the sporting headlines.

Last week, all anyone could talk about was the outstanding British performance in both the men’s and women’s tennis at the Australian open. It’s all we were listening to and discussing in the office so, we decided to give you a tennis special.

Here is our top five moments from the Australian Open.

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Johanna Konta; the first British woman in a Grand Slam semi-final since 1977

Konta made her way into the history books at this years’ Australian Open by becoming the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Sue Barker in 1977.  Konta’s tournament started with a first round win against seven-time Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams. Through the tournament, Konta went from strength-to-strength and her remarkable achievement has put her straight into the world’s top 30.

Djokovic wins the men’s final

Novak Djokovic wins his third Grand Slam in a row; his name joins tennis greats, Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver, in winning 11 lifetime Grand Slam titles. If that wasn’t enough, Djokovic has reigned victorious over four of the past five major tennis tournaments – an incredible feat!

Jamie Murray wins the Men’s Doubles title with partner Bruno Soares

After being a pivotal member of the GB Davis Cup team, Jamie Murray and his new partner, Bruno Soares, won the Men’s Doubles title in three sets over duo that is Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek.

Last season, Jamie Murray and then partner, John Peers, got through to the US Open and Wimbledon Finals. In his first tournament with Soares, Murray bagged the victory and has become the first Briton to win the Australian open doubles title in 82 years.

Kerber stuns Williams to win her first Grand Slam title

With Konta’s remarkable run ending at the semi-finals, we were all sure that favourite, Serina Williams, would not be beaten. Angelique Kerber, however, had other things in mind. The German beat the American champion in three sets to win her first Grand Slam title – the first German tennis player to win a major singles final since Steffi Graf in 1999.

The seventh seed of the tournament, Kerber, could have been out in the first round but for a saved match point against Misaki Doi. Her victory has moved her up to number two in the world.

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza claim THIRD Grand Slam in a row

In winning the Australian Open Women’s doubles title, Hingis and Mirza extended their unbeaten record to an incredible 36 matches and have won three Grand Slam events in a row.

Hingis is now a four-time doubles champion at the Australian Open; winning the singles titles there in 1997, 1998 and 1999. Mirza has also won the Australian Open before in the Mixed doubles category with Mahesh Bhupathi.

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