The first Grand Slam of the year rounds off this week. By the time the month of January is over, all roads will lead to the final of both the Men’s and Women’s categories in the Australian Open tournament.
Like all Grand Slams, this one has been nothing short of exciting and competitive. With the next generation of tennis players giving the big names a run for their money, fans of the sport have an idea of what the year holds in store for them.
In the Women’s Singles category, it was full of surprises as usual. Only two of the top ten ranked players made it into the semi-finals of the competition. The crashing out of the likes of Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova proved that the WTA is still as random as can be.
All is now set for the semi-final games between the four remaining players. On Thursday, Ashleigh Barty will take on Sofia Kenin in the first semi-final game. Barty heads into the game as favorite, not only because she’s an Australian. In the last five meetings between both players, the world’s No. 1 female tennis player has won four, including one Grand Slam win over her American counterpart in the French Open last year.
However, she has only dropped one set (against Coco Gauff) in her last five games in the Australian Open.
Will this semi-final game produce a surprise winner?
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In the other semi-final game in the WTA category, Simona Halep takes on Garbine Muguruza. The head-to-head record between these two players is tighter as Muguruza has won three of her last five games against Halep.
However, while Muguruza has dropped two sets in her last five games, Simona Halep has won all her sets to love on her journey to this semi-final clash.
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In the Men’s category, Rafa Nadal crashed out at the time of writing this blog post. His loss to Dominc Thiem meant that the semi-final and the final of the Australian Open will not feature the No. 1 ATP ranked tennis player in the world.
In his stead, the two semi-final fixtures will feature the following games:
- Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic
- Dominic Thiem vs. Alxander Zverev
This Federer-Djokovic clash in the Australian Open semi-final will be the 51st official meeting between both legends, with Djokovic winning 27 of those meetings, including five of the last six.
None of Djokovic’s has been played for that long.
How many sets will this game take before it produces a winner?
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In the other semi-final, both players needed four sets to get the better of their respective opponents. They recorded similar results in their Fourth Round games, with both players winning their games without dropping a set. Which of these two men will win the first set in this semi-final game?
Of the names mentioned, which ones will make it to the final and win their first Grand Slam title of the year? Leave us your comments and join the conversation.