The Australian Open is called the Happy Slam and this year it kept up with that tradition pulling at the heart strings of fans across the world with some incredible stories.
The achievements of Venus Williams in Melbourne was spectacular. To make a major final once again for the first time in 7 years at the age of 36 was an incredible achievement. She’s fought a lot during her career and no matter what happens the rest of the year this is the story of the year, her celebration after reaching the final and her runner up speech will never be matched, pure class!
We dreamed but did we expect it? We were treated to another Fedal final the first in a major final since 2009, it has been that long! Both have suffered injuries a lot these last few years so to see them back at the top and challenging for the big titles makes this coming year pretty exciting on the tour!
Mirjana’s run in Melbourne has so much attached to it. It was her first Grand Slam semi-final for 19 years. So much has happened to her and it was so nice to see her smile and after making the semi-final she said in her on-court interview “everything bad that has happened, this has made it ok”. If emotions weren’t running high then they certainly were after her defeat to Serena Williams as she took out her phone and took a photo with the crowd who applauded her off court after a remarkable two weeks.
The talk on the tour is all about the future of younger brother Alex Zverev but it was the older of the two brothers in Melbourne as the serve and volley brilliance of the German saw him see off world number one Andy Murray in the fourth round before running into Roger Federer in the final. At the age of 29 and not long ago being ranked outside top 1000 in the world and is now a career high of 35, never give up!
Where better else to finish than with Serena Williams. Time and time again people try to write her off but after winning Grand Slam number 23 and who knows what the future will hold. Another record broken in the Open Era and now just one behind Margaret Courts record of 24. This woman just keeps on fighting and she has plenty more to give!
Melbourne certainly pulled at the emotions this year but also gave us all a big lesson, never ever give up on your dreams!