Who’s year was it?
It’s been more than a day after the end of the US Open Tennis 2012, and you still hear Andy Murray’s name all over the news. Who can blame media? It’s been a 76 year drought to any British man claiming a singles grand slam championship. I was actually routing for Andy as I’m not such a big van of the Djoko — but I have to applaud his sportsmanship though during his speech (and comment for Andy) at the championship’s awarding ceremony.
As we all know the US Open 2012 is the last grand slam tournament in the tennis calendar year, but the season technically isn’t over until November. However, at this point, I think we can already conclude who the best player of the year is, no?
If you would look at the standings past last week’s tournament in New York, Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka retained their #1 spots in the ATP and WTA Tour World rankings respectively. It doesn’t say though that it has been their year, as we know the rankings have changed multiple times, usually after a slam as that’s when the players are awarded with most points.
Who retained their spots and who were the new additions to the slam finalists? But first, here are the 2012 grand slam champions and runner ups (I just love making my collages!).
Victoria Azarenka – winning her first grand slam title at the Australian Open 2012; finalist at the US Open 2012
Sara Errani – finalist at the Roland Garros (French Open) 2012
Agnieszka Radwanska – finalist at the Wimbledon 2012
Andy Murray – winning his first grand slam title at the US Open 2012 (who also won the Olympics)
Some further analysis or whatnots:
- In the men’s division, notice how the current world 1-4 players have won 1 grand slam each.
- In the women’s division, the current world 1-4 players have at least reach the final, only Agnieszka Radwanska failing to claim a title.
- Serena Williams won the Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open, 3 major events in a row.
- Andy Murray was finalist to Wimbledon, won the Olympics and the US Open consecutively.
So who’s year was it? It’s quite hard to tell to be honest. But in my opinion (and you may have your own), I’d give it to Serena Williams and Andy Murray.
Of course the big names like Rafael Nadal (who’s missed majors this year due to an injury), Roger Federer who’s world #1, and Novak Djokovic who’s world #2 have played very well this season claiming slams and ATP Tour titles in their belts as well. But if you talk about huge come backs, definitely Serena and Andy both stepped up their games and impressed (if not shocked) all the tennis fans.
I also have to mention though that I was overly happy for Maria Sharapova when she completed her Career Grand Slam by winning Roland Garros this year, and Roger Federer will have the record of the most # of weeks in the top spot of the rankings for 300 weeks in October 15th. As you know they are my male/female bets. 🙂
Anyhow, there will be about 14 more+ events for the remainder of the year and I’m sure that these will still affect the world rankings. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer’s difference is too narrow to say that Roger will end the year as #1, but Victoria Azarenka’s distance from Maria is over 2000 points (as of this week) and I’d probably say it’s almost a guarantee she’ll end as world #1 (though really who am I to say that?).
But then again, certainly it’s been a very entertaining year for me AGAIN, as it always has. I’ll be looking forward to the next grand slam event in 2013, at the Melbourne Park in January. 🙂