Australian Open Semi-final Showdown
We are now deep into the second week of the Australian Open (AO) and the tournament so far has seen a little bit of everything: some major upsets, some expected results and over the weekend, we will finally crown our champions for 2015.
Come Monday morning, I will finally rouse and get off my lounge, exhausted and wondering what the hell I’m going to do with the rest of my life (until the French Open) but until then, we have some incredible finals matchups to look forward too.
On the women’s side of things, no matter what happened, a Russian would take on an American in Saturday’s final.
On Thursday, Maria Sharapova, World No.2 and owner of the world’s worst grunt took on fellow patriot and number-ten seed Ekaterina Makarova on Rod Laver Arena.
Sharapova’s aggression saw her win the match 6-3 6-2 and book a spot in the final.
In the other semi, World No.1 and 18-time grand slam champion Serena Williams took out the gutsy, up-and-coming Maddison Keys in straight sets, winning 7 – 6 (7-5) 6 -2.
Williams managed to serve 13 aces against Keys, whose strong groundstrokes are reminiscent of both Serena and her sister Venus Williams, who Keys took out in the quarters.
Williams has an incredible 16 – 2 match wins against Sharapova, but the hard-hitting American has struggled throughout the tournament with form and illness, losing a few first sets to unseeded players.
In the men’s draw, only one half of Sunday’s final has been decided.
Thursday night saw Andy Murray take on Czech Tomas Berdych in a close four-set game on Rod Laver Arena. Murray has made the AO final three times but has yet to win the crown. For Berdych, it would be a maiden final.
In what was a passionate game with no love lost between the two (Berdych’s coach was Murray’s coach and anyway it was awkward) Berdych managed to take the first set in an hour and fifteen before Murray dominated over the next three sets.
Tonight’s semi will see Round Three in an interesting Aussie Open rivalry.
World No. 1 and four time AO Champ Novak Djokovic will take on defending champion Stanislas Warwrinka in what’s sure to be the match of the tournament.
Enjoy the finals!
By Kelsey Sutor