The 2016 Australian Open just concluded. In an amazing tournament which was heaped with surprises and great tennis displays, let us look at some of the memorable moments in the tournament.
Angelique Kerber was the biggest surprise of the tournament as she walked away with the Women’s Singles title. Her amazing run culminated with a final victory over Serena Williams.
Rafael Nadal’s exit from the first round of the tournament has to be considered as the most shocking upset even as World No. 1 Novak Djokovic faced second-ranked Andy Murray in the Men’s Singles final. Djokovic defeated Murray to win his record-tying sixth Australian Open title and 11th Grand Slam.
Tennis legend and third-ranked Roger Federer made it to the semi-finals and fourth-ranked Stan Wawrinka made his way onto the fourth round.
The women’s division was filled with shockers. 12 of the 20 top seeded participants were eliminated by the third round of the tournament. Three out of the top-10 lost in the first round itself.
This year’s Australian Open lay witness to one of the greatest underground triumphs in tennis history. Shuai Zhang was thinking of retirement before the tournament. However, she went on a run from the qualifiers to the quarterfinals. The feat will help her move 69 spots in the WTA Tour rankings. Zhang won seven matches in Melbourne, the same number as Djokovic and Kerber.
Let us have a look at the winners of the 2016 edition of the Australian Open:
Men’s Singles final:
N. Djokovic def. A. Murray, 6-1 7-5 7-6
Women’s Singles final:
S. Williams def A. Kerber, 4-6 6-3 4-6
Men’s Doubles final:
Jamie Murray / Bruno Soares def. Daniel Nestor / Radek Stepanek, 2-6 6-4 7-5
Women’s Doubles final
Martina Hingis / Sania Mirza def. Andrea Hlavackova / Lucie Hradecka, 7-6 6-3
Mixed Doubles final:
Elena Vesnina / Bruno Soares def. Coco Vandeweghe / Horia Tecau, 6-4 4-6 10-5
Junior Boy’s Singles final:
Oliver Anderson def. Jurabeck Karimov, 6-2 1-6 6-1
Junior Girl’s Singles final:
Vera Lapko def. Tereza Mihalikova, 6-3 6-4
Junior Boy’s Doubles final:
Alex De Minaur / Blake Ellis def. Lukas Klein / Patrik Rikls, 3-6 7-5 12-10
Junior Girl’s Doubles final:
Anna Kalinskaya / Tereza Mihalikova def. Dayana Yastremska / Anastasia Zarytska, 6-1 6-1
Men’s Wheelchair Singles final:
Gordon Reid def. Joachim Gerard, 7-6 6-4
Men’s Wheelchair Doubles final:
Stephane Houdet / Nicolas Peifer def. Gordon Reid / Shingo Kunieda, 6-3 3-6 7-5
Jiske Griffioen def. Aniek Van Koot, 6-3 7-5
Women’s Wheelchair Doubles final:
Marjolein Buis / Yui Kamiji def Jiske Griffioen / Aniek Van Koot, 6-2 6-2
Quad Wheelchair Singles final:
Dylan Alcott def. David Wagner, 6-2 6-2
Quad Wheelchair Doubles final:
David Wagner / Lucas Sithole def. Andrew Lapthorne / Dylan Alcott, 6-1 6-3
Men’s Legends’ Doubles final:
Jonas Bjorkman / Thomas Johansson def Thomas Enqvist / Magnus Norman, 4-3 1-4 4-3
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