Hey tennis fans! As you know, the Australian Open is winding down and the best tennis players in the world have battled it out through sweat, tears and bathroom breaks in the hopes of taking home a victory trophy. In a nutshell, Fed and Nadal are out, Djokovic is in, Venus Williams is long gone along with Maria Sharapova and Li Na has sailed on through to the finals.
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So for starters, all of you hoping for a Rafael Nadal/Roger Federer final will have to hope a little harder next year. World number three player Novak Djokovic ended Federer’s run in a three set semifinal match that left Roger Federer looking a bit out of sorts and utterly frustrated. Djokovic has trained hard and deserves to be in the final, so I can’t feel too bad for Federer.
Who will Novak Djokovic face in the finals? His opponent will be either Andy Murray, the hopeful Scot looking to take home his first Grand Slam title, or one of the best returners in the game, Spaniard David Ferrer (who took out Nadal in the quarterfinals). While they both have been playing exceptionally well, I have a special spot in my heart for Ferrer and hope he’ll be the one to battle for the win against Djokovic. Time will tell…
What’s going on over on the women’s side? Women’s tennis doesn’t have the same appeal as men’s tennis IMHO and without the Williams sisters playing (Venus was eliminated in and Serena didn’t make it to Australia due to a foot injury), I might not be as inclined to watch. That being said, there’s no lack of talent. Chinese player Li Na defeated Caroline Wozniacki in a semifinal duel and will be the first Chinese player to ever make it to a Grand Slam final. The bad part is that Li Na faces Kim Clijsters–a former world number one Belgian player who is currently number three in the world and is hungry for another win.
If you’re a night owl or die hard tennis fan, catch the other men’s semifinal between David Ferrer and Andy Murray early Friday morning at 3:30am EST and the rest of the action this weekend on ESPN2!