The World of Tennis February 2014 Update
The 2014 tennis season has already started in earnest and fans are really looking forward to seeing if anyone can halt the runs of Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. Although it is early in the season, we have already had a Grand Slam as the Australian Open reached its conclusion at the end of January. In this tennis update we review that tournament and look forward to the next big events on the calendar.
2014 Australian Open Review
The first Grand Slam of the year took place at Melbourne Park from January 13th through 26th and both the men’s and women’s tournaments ended with surprise winners. Men’s tennis has been dominated by Federer, Nadal, Murray, and Djokovic for some time, but Stanislas Wawrinka upset the form book by being the first non ‘big four’ member to win a Grand Slam since the 2009 U.S. Open. He defeated Djokovic and Nadal en route to a memorable win.
In the women’s event, Serena Williams broke the all-time record for most wins at the Australian Open; however the superstar was surprisingly beaten in the fourth round of the event. The tourney was to be won by Li Na who became the first ever Asian Australian Open winner, after defeating Dominica Cibulkova in the finals. Li Na recovered from match point down in the third round against Lucie Safarova.
Preview of Upcoming Events
On the men’s ATP Tour, the next big event is the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. It is the first of nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events to be held in 2014 and with total prize money of over $4.7 million and huge rankings points on offer, you can rest assured that the world’s top players will all be ready for his hard court bonanza.
On the ATP tour, there is a big tournament happening as we speak in the form of the Qatar Total Open. It features 15 of the world’s top 20 players, including Australian Open winner Li Na who is currently ranked the world’s third best woman player and the number one seed for the event. The top eight seeds all received byes into the second round and all, barring Caroline Wozniacki, have made it safely through to the third round.
In the News of Tennis
While Rafael Nadal is an all-time great, not everyone enjoys his habit of taking extra time during breaks. Roger Federer has criticized Nadal for this tactic and has complained about the Spaniard not being penalized. According to a poll on Tennis Tonic, 76 percent of fans agreed with the Swiss master and believe that Nadal gets away with lengthy breaks and should be punished for this indiscretion.
Speaking of Nadal, the Spaniard has opened up and admitted that battling injuries and playing with pain are issues he will need to learn to live with for the rest of his career. He is known for having chronic knee problems and came back in February 2013 after a seven-month layoff to have one of his best seasons to date. He pulled out of a tournament in Buenos Aires, but is expected to return to action in Rio de Janeiro.
That’s it for the latest tennis update; however, we’ll be back with results from important upcoming tournaments, such as the BNP Paribas event in March and with previews of major tennis tournament events to come.