The year that it was…
It’s almost end of the year, and I hope you will agree that a lot of surprises happened this year in the world of Tennis. New grand slam titlists went home with their trophies, and I couldn’t be more proud that 2 female champions from the Asia Pacific went home with their 1st ever grand slam titles.
Sad that while I was gathering the photos, I only got to see both my all time loves MaSha and RF once in the 8 photos and both holding runner-up trophies. But not bad right? Roger Federer so far stands with an ATP Record of 46-12 (majority won at the hardcourt), ranked 4th in the world and has won one tournament in 2011, at the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open. Maria Sharapova on the other hand has had a better year, with a WTA Record of 43-11 (majority won on hardcourt & claycourt surprisingly – she’s not known to be a slider), ranked 2nd in the world and has won 2 tournaments in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open.
Looking at the line up of the Grand Slam Champs this year, it only proves that the ball is round. It was the end of the Rafa-Roger era where they would just switch turns in winning grand slams. I’d say this year is Novak Djokovic’s. He won 3/4 grand slam titles this year 2011 and has claimed the ATP world number 1 spot. Good job Nole! One observation – he didn’t win at the clay this year, if not it could have been a Golden Slam. This was the same dilemma that Roger had in his reign. He was just unsuccessful to win the French Open when Rafa was around. On the other side of the fence, notice how our WTA World #1 Caroline Wozniaki still hasn’t won a grand slam title. Will next year be a better year for our Danish tennis player? And last but not least, don’t you find it surprising how the Williams sisters dropped low in the WTA rankings, but just before the year officially closed, Serena was able to grab a RunnerUp trophy at her home in Flushing Meadows? It was so unpredicted that it made the World Tennis all the more a lot of fun!
Here’s a summary of the year that it was, after the 4 glorious grand slam tournaments have ended:
Australian Open – Women (January 2011)
Australian Open – Men (January 2011)
French Open – Women (May 2011)
French Open – Men (May 2011)
Wimbledon – Women (June to July 2011)
Wimbledon – Men (June to July 2011)
US Open – Women (September 2011)
US Open – Men (September 2011)
Congratulations to all the Grand Slam Champs this year, you all gave me a lot of excitement, reason to watch TV, eye bags, and lots of good stuff! I look forward to another awesome Tennis year 2012. 🙂