The first Grand Slam for the women is in the books after Angelique Kerber won her first Grand Slam title, beating Serena Williams in Saturday’s final. This is my tournament round-up, Match Points, picking out the most memorable moments of the Australian Open through tweets, pictures, GIFs, videos and plenty more…
Kerber d. S.Williams, 6-4 3-6 6-4
Angelique Kerber is a Grand Slam champion… it’s slowly sinking in! This was my favourite match of the year so far. Kerber played a tremendous match, considering the circumstances and the opponent. She had to go for her shots to stand a chance and I think she did that for the most part, staying close to the baseline. Serena didn’t play her best and a big factor was her serve not firing but Kerber really did deserve this win. She picked off Serena at the net and even had the nerve to produce a pair of magical drop shots in a monumental game up 3-2 in the third set. This is the first ever time that Serena has lost a Grand Slam final in three sets and Kerber is now the world number two! She can only consolidate her position over the next few months with few points to defend up to Charleston…
Tennis worth catching up with…
Johanna Konta d. Ekaterina Makarova (4-6 6-4 8-6, R4) – A great match, super rallies and edge-of-your-seat tension.
Agnieszka Radwanska d. Anna-Lena Friedsam (6-7(6) 6-1 7-5, R4) – Friedsam really took it to Radwanska and was so close to the upset. In particular, the first set was brilliant.
Daria Gavrilova d. Kristina Mladenovic (6-4 4-6 11-9, R3) – Extra time finishes are always entertaining.
Didn’t expect that to happen…
Yulia Putintseva d. (16) Caroline Wozniacki, 1-6 7-6(3) 6-4 (R1)
Qiang Wang d. (24) Sloane Stephens, 6-3 6-3 (R1)
Johanna Konta d. (8) Venus Williams, 6-4 6-2 (R1)
Shuai Zhang d. (2) Simona Halep, 6-4 6-3 (R1)
Kateryna Bondarenko d. (23) Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-1 7-5 (R2)
Laura Siegemund d. (19) Jelena Jankovic, 3-6 7-6(5) 6-4 (R2)
Anna-Lena Friedsam d. (13) Roberta Vinci, 0-6 6-4 6-4 (R3)
Barbora Strycova d. (3) Garbiñe Muguruza, 6-3 6-2 (R3)
(7) Angelique Kerber d. (14) Victoria Azarenka, 6-3 7-5 (QF)
(7) Angelique Kerber d. (1) Serena Williams, 6-4 3-6 6-4 (Final)
There are so many fabulous pictures from the trophy ceremony.
Here’s Shuai Zhang after winning her first ever Grand Slam main draw match.
And Zhang after winning her second match…
And Zhang after winning her third match…
And Zhang after winning her fourth match… that’s where the winning came to a halt for the Chinese player but what a super story.
I LOVE this picture from the Kerber-Doi first round match.
Poots looks like she is up for a fight!
Laura Siegemund was happppy.
Maria Sharapova was pumped after defeating Belinda Bencic in the fourth round.
Kerber’s celebrations after notching a first win over Vika
AROUND THE NET POST!
Watching this in super quick mode highlights how amazing this point from Babs was…
Poots had a great tournament.
First round wins at the Slams are special.
Siegemund was a bundle of joy after beating JJ.
Gavrilova is a dream for WTA Reactions… this was my favourite of the tournament.
The first two days of Grand Slams are absolutely crazy. This GIF manages to encapsulate the mad dash to try and watch EVERYTHING.
Another classic one from WTA Reactions from the final.
Forever entertaining us, Barbora Strycova.
Awww this still gets me.
I’ve never seen this happen before!
Another one involving Roger that I just had to include… I’m still in hysterics watching this!
Still feeling this.
This was lovely.
The award for hand slap of the tournament goes to…
You can tell how touched Kasatkina is by Serena’s words at the net.
This is still a wonderful watch.
This was a great interview from Konta after beating Makarova.
I love how animated Kerber is in this interview after beating Azarenka.
Zhang’s press conference after her first round win over Halep was captured by the NCR podcast.
Naomi Osaka had a super tournament and she’s going to be a fun one to follow this year and into the future.
Kerber’s final press conference
My favourite read of the tournament… Matt Zemek of Attacking the Net recapped Angelique Kerber’s win over Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round HERE.
Loved this piece by Courtney Nguyen for the WTA Insider on Angelique Kerber’s win on Saturday HERE.
Grand Slam Gal posted plenty of great photos from Melbourne… check out photos from Saturday’s Serena-Angie final HERE.
A huge thank you to Morgan who wrote a guest post for Moo’s Tennis Blog about his experiences of having a Ground Pass for day 1 at the Australian Open HERE.
This Australian Open didn’t have an abundance of great matches but where it did triumph was the storylines. There were plenty of memorable moments such as the tremendous runs of Shuai Zhang and Johanna Konta, to Angelique Kerber winning her first Grand Slam title. Watching Kerber prevail over Serena was something i’ll remember for a long time and I found Kerber’s reaction at the end very moving. I was certainly feeling inspired by Kerber’s achievements. I keep watching back the match point and get goosebumps every time… congrats, Angie!