Australian Open 2011 women’s singles title has been a very special event as famous female tennis player Kim Clijsters won her first ever Australian Open women’s title and Li Na, the opponent of Kim Clijsters in Australian Open 2011 finale, was the first Chinese player to reach the finals of any grand slam. The Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters won her first Australian Open title by defeating China’s Li Na by fighting back into a thrilling match. Kim lost the first set to Li who clinched the first set 6-3. But later on Kim Clijsters fought back bravely and claimed the second set. Although second set turned out to be very competitive for both the players. In second set, Li again took the lead by 3-2 but Clijsters leveled the game and claimed the second set. With this come back, Kim Clijsters got much needed confidence and won the third and deciding set 6-3. The finale of Australian Open 2011 women’s singles event thrilled the spectators and ended the first grand slam of the year 2011.
Many of you might not that it was Kim’s fourth Grand Slam title in her successful tennis career. She announced her retirement in 2007 but made her way back in 2009. It was in 2009 that she bagged US Open 2009 Championship title, only to become the first seeded player and wildcard to win the grand slam title. Kim Clijsters also became first mother to have won a Grand Slam title after Goolagong in 1980. In June 2001, Kim Clijsters was named in the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” feature of TIME.
Not everyone enjoys fame and popularity in their earlier years. However, sports have been one of the platforms where many players set records being the youngest champions. The same goes for tennis tournaments where the young tennis players defeated the greatest tennis players and shocked the world. The Australian Open has been a platform for many famous tennis players that made their names prominent in the tennis world. The Australian Open provided opportunities for young talent to set records in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events. The youngest male/female tennis champions of the Australian Open title in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events are:
Youngest male tennis champion of the Australian Open Men’s Singles Title:
- Youngest male tennis champion of the Australian Open men’s singles title is Ken Rosewall ( 18 years, two months) in 1953
Youngest female tennis champion of the Australian Open Women’s Singles Title:
- Youngest female tennis champion of the Australian Open women’s singles title is Martine Hingis (16 years, three months) in 1997
- Youngest male tennis champion of the Australian Open men’s doubles title is Lew Hoad (18 years, two months) in 1953
- Youngest woman tennis champion of the Australian Open women’s doubles title is Mirjana Lucic (15 years, 10 months) in 1998
- Youngest woman tennis champion of the Australian Open mix doubles title is Venus Williams (17 years, seven months) in 1998
Going 6-0 in a particular game is easy but to go 6-0 in order to win the match is not easy. Tennis requires some excellent control in order to give no chance to the opponent to play serve of the serving player. Not many tennis players enjoy the flavor of whitewash in tennis. As for the Australian Open, six men tennis players and 13 women tennis players have been able to do a complete whitewash in one match to claim the victory. Here is the list of famous male and female tennis players who won the Australian Open singles title with a whitewash:
Whitewash result for men’s singles title in Australian Open (6-0, 6-0, and 6-0)
This record has been set by six famous male tennis players so far in Australian Open:
1) Famous male tennis player James Anderson in the first round of Australian Open 1925
2) Famous male tennis player Fred Perry in the quarter final of Australian Open 1935
3) Famous male tennis player John Bromwich in the first round of Australian Open 1949
4) Famous male tennis player Neale Fraser in the first round of Australian Open 1953
5) Famous male tennis player Martin Mulligan in the first round of Australian Open 1960
6) Famous male tennis player Richard Russel in the first round of Australian Open 1966
Whitewash result for women singles title in Australian Open (6-0, 6-0)
For this, 13 female tennis player claimed this whitewash, out of which four women did the whitewash in the 1998 Australian Open Grand Slam. In the same year, Mary Pierce achieved the feat twice due to her whitewash. Wendy Turnbull achieved this feat 3 times and Margaret Court achieved it four times.
Left-handed people are often referred as left geniuses. As far as research has shown, left-handed people are commonly the highest achievers. This is due to the fact that the way their brain is structured helps in widening their abilities. Left-handed people have not only been successful in arts or mathematics but many prominent names in the field of sports are also left-handed. From cricket to tennis, left-handed players have set records. In the Australian Open, many left-handed men/women tennis players performed extremely well and claimed the Australian Open Singles title. Here are the famous left-handed men/women tennis players who won the Australian Open singles titles:
Best Left-handed Australian open men’s singles title winners:
1) Horace Rice (1907)
2) Norman Brookes (1911)
3) John Hawked (1926)
4) Mervyn Rose (1954)
5) Rod Laver (1960,1962,1969)
6) Jimmy Connors (1974)
7) Guillermo Vilas ( 1978,1979)
8) Roscoe Tanner (1977)
9) Petr Korda (1998)
Left-handed Australian Open women’s single title winners:
1) Martina Navratilova (1981, 1983, 1985)
2) Monica Seles (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996)
Oldest men/women champions of Australian Open titles (singles and doubles)
Human propensity always allows it to revive its energy and perform at its best before exiting in any field. It all depends on the determination and passion to bring success for a person even at the oldest age. The case is the same with sports which allow every player to renew his or her passion and energy. In this revival, many players set records for all times to come. Tennis has been one such platform for many best tennis players who, even after taking long breaks during their playing career, made a comeback and set records. The Australian Open is also one such Grand Slam where the oldest tennis players made absolutely stunning comebacks and won the Australian Open championship. Here are the oldest men/women tennis champions of Australian Open titles in Singles and Doubles tournaments:
1) Oldest male tennis champion of the Australian Open men’s single title is Ken Rosewall (37 years, two months) in year 1972
2) Oldest female tennis champion champion of the Australian Open women’s title is Thelma Long (35 years, eight months) in year 1954
3) Oldest male tennis champion of the Australian Open men’s doubles title is Norman Brookes (46 years, two months) in year 1924
4) Oldest female tennis champion of the Australian Open women’s double titles is Thelma Long (37 years, seven months) in year 1956
Every tennis tournament comes with limitless information and interesting facts . Keeping those facts in mind and watching the game go along makes it even more interesting as you keep on calculating and speculating the results and records. The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the year after which the streak of unending matches begins and continues for an entire year. If you are a crazy fan of tennis, not knowing the most basic and interesting facts of the Australian Open is like doing injustice to the word “fan.” Here are some interesting facts and trivia about the Australian Open:
1) Famous female tennis player Margaret Court is the leading winner of most Australian Open female titles
2) Greatest male tennis player Andre Agassi is the leading winner of most Australian Open men titles (tie with Federer)
3) One of the best female tennis player Steffi Graf is the legendary player who defeated Chris Evert in the 1988 Australian Open to win the Golden Slam.
4) The Williams sisters are the USA tennis players who met in the final of the Australian Open in year 2003.
5) From years 1988-2007, the court surface of Australian Open was hard (Rebound Ace).
6) Many tennis lovers believe that the Australian Open event is arranged in Sydney. Don’t let that confuse you, as Melbourne is the host site of the Australian Open.
7) The Williams sisters, with their dominant play in doubles, won the Australian Open doubles title 3 times.
8) In 2009, famous Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal won the longest match in the history of the Australian Open against Fernando Verdasco.
9) Not many of you know that the Australian Open is also known as the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific.
10) The first pair of American siblings to win the doubles title of Australian Open is the Williams sisters.
11) Among the many leading players in the Australian Open, Evonne Goolagong Cawley was the only player to achieve the WTA’s number one ranking.
12) Hottest female tennis player Martina Hingis ended the unbeaten 33 match career run of Monica Seles in 1999 in the Australian Open.
Australian Open 2005 was special because the Australian super star tennis player Lleyton Hewitt made it into the finals and the two time runner-up, Marat Safin of Russia finally won the Australian Open final. It was in year 2004 where Safin defeated Agassi in a thrilling semi-final, later to play Federer in the final.
The year 2005 in the Australian Open tournament brought some very interesting facts and records which were not parts of tennis world previously. Here is a sneak peek into the information and facts about the 2005 Australian Open:
1) One of the best female tennis player Serena Williams came strong in the 2005 Australian Open and won the title by defeating Davenport.
2) Donald Young became the youngest tennis player to win the Australian Grand Slam title in the junior event. He was just 15 years and 19 days old.
3) Samantha Stosur and Scott Draper won the mixed doubles title of the 2005 Australian Open.
4) In the 2005 Australian Open women singles title, famous Indian tennis player Sania Mirza became the only Indian woman to reach the third round of this Grand Slam.
5) Patty Schnyder defeated Dementieva. Along with her, another two seeded players Petrova and Anastasia Myskina were also bowed out.
6) Russian tennis player Marat Safin gave away the first set so easily in the 2005 Australian Open men singles title final, but came back brilliantly later to claim it.
7) After Pat Cash, who reached the Australian Open finals in 1987, it was the Australian tennis player Lleyton Hewitt who made his way into the final of Australian Open 2005.
In tennis, it can be interesting to reflect on past events. Many notable occurrences take place within a particular Grand Slam. There are certain facts and records that are overlooked by many of us but they do make for interesting parts of the tournament. Australian Open is one such grand slams that has offered several different records, events and facts that will definitely interest any avid tennis fan.
Here is the information and facts detail about Australian Open 2004:
1) Names previously unknown to tennis fans, Nenad Zimonjic and Elena Bovina won the open mixed doubles title of the 2004 Australian Open.
2) Fabrice Santoro and Michael Llodra won the 2004 Australian Open doubles title for the second year, beating the Bryan brothers in the final.
3) Famous female tennis player Amelie Mauresmo withdrew from the 2004 Australian Open quarter final while she was among the top ten female tennis players at that time.
4) Three American famous female singles tennis players Lindsay Davenport, Lisa Raymond and Chanda Rubin made their way into the Round of 16 of Australian Open 2004.
5) Four American men singles tennis players Andy Roddick, Robby Ginepri, Andre Agassi and James Blake reached the Round of 16 in the 2004 Australian Open.
6) Justine Henin-Hardenne, being the top seed player in 2004, won the third Grand Slam, i.e. Australian Open 2004 after defeating Kim Clijsters.
7) Russian male tennis player Marat Safin snapped the 26-match win streak of Agassi at the Australian Open by defeating Agassi in the thrilling semi-final of Australian Open 2004.
8) Among the top ten seeded male tennis players in 2004, Carlos Moya withdrew before the the 2004 Australian Open event.
The famous Melbourne Park in Australia arranges the Australian Open event every year in the closing weeks of January. Since 1988, the Australian Open has been played on hard courts. One of the most prominent features of Australian Open is the retractable roof in the two main courts of the Hisense Arena and Rod Laver Arena. The Australian open has been a stage to greatest tennis players who have set records in this grand slam. Not every tennis player enjoys success on hard court, especially players who are masters of the clay surface. Sampras, famous for numerous records, wasn’t able to show his convincing skills on the hard court of Australian Open which definitely showed his limitation. However American Agassi and Swiss Federer with their 4 Australian Open titles depicted their excellent grip on hard court as well.
The top ten best male tennis players with the most Australian Open titles are as follows:
1) Kenneth Robert Rosewall
2) Roy Stanley Emerson
3) Mats Wilander
4) Andre Agassi
5) Roger Federer
6) Rafael Nadal
7) Rod Laver
8) Stefan Edberg
9) Jim Courier
10) Ivan Lendl
These best tennis players have been successful in winning the most titles in the Australian Open. Among these stars, Roy Emerson is leading with his record of six Australian Open titles, which is still to be conquered by second-leading tennis star Roger Federer with four Australian Open titles. Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier were famous for their hard court performances and managed to win the Australian grand slam too. However, Roy is the only name that has been successfully ruled the Australian Open championship.
Tennis is an extremely versatile game due to the range of events it arranges every year. The tennis double tournaments are always looked forward to with enthusiasm by tennis fans. The doubles tournament are always very fast and exciting. Many single players also participate in the doubles championship and hold the grand slam titles as well.
Like all the Grand Slams and other tennis tournaments, the Australian Open also entertains its fans every year by arranging the double tennis tournament. Due to the new surface in the Australian Open, Plexicushion Prestige, the consistency and speed of the game has increased which makes the tennis double matches much faster and more interesting. In year 2010, famous male tennis players Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan won the double tennis tournament for the second consecutive year. The famous Brian Brothers have been pretty consistent with their wins in the double championships.
The top ten male double tennis players with most Australian Open titles list is:
1) Adrian Quist & John Bromwich
2) Rod Laver & Robert Mark
3) Fabrice Santoro & Michael Llodra
4) Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan
5) Mark Edmondson & Kim Warwick
6) D.P. Turnbull & Adrian Quist
7) John Bromwich & Adrian Quist
8) Bob Hewitt & Fred Stolle
9) Rick Leach and Jim Pugh
10) John Hawkes & Gerald Patterson
As you go through the list, you will notice one name dominating. Adrian Quist has been the one man who is leading the Australian Open doubles even now. Let’s see if the Bryan brothers make it to Quist’s record.
Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the year and the players are judged pretty much for their performance in this slam. The tennis fans use the results to predict the future for every tennis player in the calender year. Australian Open offers a very exciting start of the year with indoor beautiful courts. The crowd cheers for not only Australian but other players as well, making the Australian summer much more overwhelming for every tennis fan.
A three-set tennis game, particularly for women, has been offering plenty of excitement as the game is fast and ends usually in a victory after two sets. From clay’s slower-paced games to hard court play, famous female tennis players have been casting spells with their magical play. The former female champion of the Australian Open title is Serena Williams, who also won the doubles championship with her sister Venus Williams in the same year for the second consecutive year as well. With the Bryan brothers and Williams sisters winning the doubles for second consecutive year, they were the second siblings to set this record.
The list of the ten female tennis players with most Australian Open titles is:
1) Margaret Smith Court
2) Nancye Wynne Bolton
3) Steffi Graf
4) Evonne Goolagong-Cawley
5) Thelma Coyne Long
6) Martina Hingis
7) Monica Seles
8) Serena Williams
9) Jennifer Capriati
10) Joan Hartigan Bathurst
Among these ten top ten female tennis players with the most Australian Open titles, greatest tennis player Margaret Smith Court secured 7 Australian Open titles and still enjoys this record. Who could possibly break this record?