Aussie Open Recap…

While the #1 seeds on both the Men’s and Women’s Singles Draws may have prevailed, the past two weeks in Melbourne, Australia may have been a good indication of what is to come in 2010.

MENS:

As Roger Federer rides the wave of glory once again, people may start to wonder if this is the year that he finally does it…  accomplish what no man has done since Rod Laver in 1969… claim all 4 Grand Slam trophies in one year. With Rafael Nadal out injured, other players will look to dethrone the most decorated tennis star in history. Will Andy Murray end the Brit’s suffering? Can Novak Djokovic reclaim his 2007 form and rise to the occasion? Del Potro proved at the US open that the Great Fed is mortal, and other guys like Tsonga and Cilic has put on impressive performances. But aside from the slew of players chomping at the bit, the man with 23 straight semifinal appearances still remains the man to beat.

Other questions come to mind here in the United States. Has Andy Roddick peaked? Will James Blake and Mardy Fish continue to sink in the rankings? Will other American men, like Querrey and Isner rise to challenge the elite? Who is the next big, young American phenomenon? Some questions will be put to rest, while many will remain unanswered. Right now, this does not look like the year for American men.

WOMENS:

Serena Williams just claimed her 12th Grand Slam singles title, and seems to be hungry for more. Her sister, on the other hand looks to be slumping into the form that saw her skid down the rankings a few years ago. One has to wonder if Venus’s best years are behind her, and if she is destined to spend the rest of history upstaged by younger sis Serena.

While Serena looks as dominant as ever, several rivals have returned to the womens game, and some newcomers have also burst onto the scene and look to challenge the Williams throne. Belgians Henin and Clijsters have returned from prolonged absences and neither look like they’ve lost a step. In the mean time, youngsters like Caroline Wozniacki, Melanie Oudin, Maria Kirilenko, and Victoria Azarenka all enjoyed promising moments in 2009 and look to raise their games to the next level in 2010.

There are many things to get excited about in the world of tennis; with 3 more majors to play, loads of highlights in store, and some of the games brightest stars yet to make their grand entrance… the fun has just begun!

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