That was a fun ride… the 2017 Australian Open was one of the most fascinating recent Slams with so many captivating storylines. The tournament concluded with an all-Williams Slam final, a first since 2009, as Serena Williams came through in straight sets for slam title #23. This Match Points tournament recap post brings together the highlights from the first Slam of 2017.
Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams, 6-4 6-4 in Saturday’s final to win her 7th Australian Open title. It was a special moment to see another all-Williams Slam final and after a shaky start, an improving serve and aggressive returns helped Serena to the victory. Serena will return to world number one in Monday’s rankings.
Singles Trophy Ceremony
Two cracking speeches. This was an awesome trophy ceremony!
Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands won their fourth Slam title and second Australian Open, coming from a set down to defeat Andrea Hlavackova and Peng Shuai in Friday’s final, 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3.
Doubles Trophy Ceremony
Lucie and Beth rounded out the trophy ceremony with their dance!
So many great shots from the tournament – Venus’s pure joy after winning her quarter-final was one of my favourites.
Where do we start?! This year’s Australian Open has produced some remarkable stats. My three favourites…
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni beat two top five players in Agnieszka Radwanska and Karolina Pliskova en route to the semi-finals, returning to the last four of a Slam for the first time since 1999. The Croatian player had won just one match at the Australian Open prior to this tournament, all the way back in 1998.
Venus Williams reached the Australian Open final, 20 years after reaching her first Slam final in New York. It was her second Australian Open final, 14 years after the first, and eight years since her most recent Slam final at Wimbledon.
Jennifer Brady had never played a Slam main draw before this Australian Open. After qualifying for her first main draw, Brady went on a dream run as she secured three main draw wins, including saving five match points to defeat Heather Watson in the second round, to reach the second week.
In a frenetic first round match, Lucie Safarova saved NINE match points to defeat Yanina Wickmayer, 3-6 7-6(7) 6-1.
If there’s one negative from this tournament, it’s that there wasn’t a really high-quality stand-out match. Karolina Pliskova’s three set win over Jelena Ostapenko was an exciting third round contest with Pliskova rallying from 2-5 down in the third set.
The Australian Open were poor at sharing some of the best rallies and points from the tournament. Thanks to Mike on Twitter for a GIF of Agnieszka Radwanska’s impressive tweener in her first round match against Tsvetana Pironkova.
Venus’s joy after winning her semi-final against CoCo Vandeweghe was infectious. This will be my go-to-video whenever i’m feeling down.
So many contenders but it had to be Serena and Venus from the final. This hug was EVERYTHING.
The Twitter Blue Room with Nick McCarvel was a great feature this year and while they were all entertaining to watch, I loved this one with Barbora Strycova. Barbora won a microwave?!
This was a great answer from Jo Konta about dealing with pressure moments in matches.
Memorable Post-Match Interview(s)
For pure heartfelt emotion and with some laughter too, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni’s quarter-final post-match interview was an instant classic.
And an honourable mention for Venus’s post-match interview after her first round match… Girlll, I don’t know.
Tennis Draw Challenge Champion
Congratulations to pbhillier who won the Draw Challenge for Australian Open. To join in the fun, you can enter Tennis Draw Challenge and join the Moo’s Tennis Blog league.