The 2015 Australian Open in Melbourne was a good one for the Aussies, with 11 locals reaching the second round. The tournament showed off the spruced up Margaret Court Arena and fluorescent outfits were a fashion staple among attendees.
Serbian Novak Djokovic dominated Scot Andy Murray, claiming his fifth Australian Open title and celebrating by tossing his racket into the crowd – while Murray smashed his. It was his third win over Murray at a Melbourne final, and his eighth Grand Slam title.
Number one ranked Djokovic tore into it from the start, taking control from the get go. Murray rallied somewhat in the second set, but it was all downhill from there as he gave away error after error and his serves became sloppier. Djokovic walked away victorious at three hours and 39 minutes, with the scores 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-0.
Decade-long rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, ranked world number one and two, battled for the women’s crown. The showdown ended with Williams taking a 19th Grand Slam title, and continuing a six strong Australian Open final unbeaten run. A rain delay saw the match paused while the roof was closed, and Williams, still affected by a recent cold and cough, actually threw up during the match. Nonetheless, she overcame this, rallying a number of aces to hold off Sharapova. Blasting devastating serves and firing powerful returns, Williams dominated points wise. Sharapova started to hit back in the second set, and on a few occasions saved match point and forced tiebreakers, but it wasn’t enough.
At 33, Williams has passed Li Na as the oldest winner of the Australian women’s singles title in the Open era and with her 19 titles, she’s third equal on the career list of Grand Slam singles champions. That makes 17-2 against Sharapova, who hasn’t beaten Williams head to head since 2004.
Meanwhile, her sister Venus made it to the quarter finals but was toppled by youngster madison Keys, 19. There had been hope the Williamses might meet each other in the semis, but it wasn’t to be – the last time they faced off in a Grand Slam was at Wimbledon in 2009, where Serena prevailed.
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