Another year approaches, another Australian Open is soon on. Major shake-ups at the top with both S. Williams and Djokovic losing top spots to Kerber and Murray, respectively. Both male and female fields are now more open than I remember in years. I wonder how Sharapova and Azarenka will fare after their comebacks, when will Kvitova return after this f*king knife-attack and if this is an end of BIG 4 as only Murray holds up after years of intensive playing are taking its toll on the remaining 3.
It was great tournament and both semi-finals and final of male competition were top-notch. Great cinderella stories for both semi-finalists of women’s singles, Mirjana Lucić-Baroni and Coco Vandeweghe, and of course another final for Venus Williams. I was rooting for her vs. Serena. Faster surface really did help stronger and more athletic players, defensive ones all came down in Week 1.