Will Djokovic and Williams Defend their Title in the 2016 Australian Open?
The 2016 Australian Open has just started. As Novak Djokovic opens the year with a title in Qatar, he is now looking to defend his single title in the Open. He won five Australian Open titles and the bet is on him this year.
While the “big four” (Djokovic, Federer, Murray, and Nadal) is still on, Djokovic has been one step above his opponents. Djokovic, Federer and Murray are top 3 seeds; while Nadal comes in as 5th. Being drawn at the same half together, Federer and Djokovic will most likely meet during the semi-finals matchup. Meanwhile, Murray, Nadal, and Stan Wawrinka (the 4th seed) belong to the second half of the bracket.
In 2015, Djokovic had won the Australian open, Wimbledon, as well as the US Open. During the French Open, however, he fell short in the finals; making it the only Grand Slam he hadn’t won yet.
Serena Williams, the top seed and defending champion, wasn’t given favors by the Australian Open draw. The 34-year-old American tennis player didn’t play an official match since she lost during the semifinals of the US open last September. Roberta Vinci, World’s No. 43, stopped her from achieving a historic grand slam.
Williams’ path for this year’s open doesn’t get easier as she’d be clashing with her good friend Caroling Wozniacki during the 4th round. She will also play against Maria Sharapova, the top 5 seed, during the quarterfinals as a rematch of their two-set final last year.
Women’s draw included Agnieszka Radwanska (Top 4 seed) in the top half along with Sharaphova, Williams, and Wozniacki. Meanwhile Simona Halep (Top 2 seed) is among the second half along with Angelique Kerber, Garbiñe Murguza, Madison Keys, Petra Kvitova, and Venus Williams.
“Everything’s actually really well,” says Serena Williams during the draw ceremony. “I’m feeling really good. I’m excited about it. I’ve been training every day… [The knee] feels good.”
Serena Williams is still the crowd favorite even though she had injury woes since the women’s division has been quite a collection of the injured to start off 2016. Halep, Muguruza, and Sharapova cut their campaigns in Brisbane short. Meanwhile, Kerber, Kvitova, and Radwanska had suffered from injuries as well.
The 2016 Australian Open has released the draws for men’s and women’s division. It produced some of the very exciting first round matches as well as the potential matches fans should watch out for over the next games.