The Australian Open has been run and won for another year with world No.1’s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams sweeping all before them to claim the 2015 men’s and women’s singles titles.
Rising star Nick Kyrgios was the best performing Aussie, reaching his second quarter-final of a grand slam before bowing out to finalist Andy Murray.
Meanwhile veteran Llyeton Hewitt confirmed he plans to play an amazing 20th tournament at Melbourne Park next year before retiring.
The Australia Open was well supported by members and visitors of Strathfield Sports Club throughout January as we cheered all the live action in the clubhouse.
The year’s first grand slam no doubt inspired a lot of people to get back on court also as we were regularly booked out over the summer holidays.
In the women’s draw Serena Williams overcame a virus and rain interruption to depose of No.2 seed Maria Sharapova in straight sets.
The top seed fired down 18 aces in the 6-3 7-6(7-5) victory, which saw Williams clinch her 19th career singles grand slam and 6th Australian Open crown.
The American’s power game was simply too strong for her Russian opponent and Williams is now within three titles of Steffi Graf’s Open era record 22 slams.
The men’s final was tinged with controversy after the top ranked Novak Djokovic claimed a four-set victory against sixth seed Andy Murray.
After claiming an epic opening set in a tie-break the Serbian appeared down and out midway through the second set, which Murray claimed also in a tie-break to level the match.
However Djokovic powered home, taking the next two sets to register a 7-6(7-5) 6-7(4-7) 6-3 6-0 win in the gruelling four-hour decider.
The world No.1 created his own slice of history in the process, becoming the first player in the Open era to win five Australian Opens, taking his career majors to eight in the process.
Thanks to everyone who came down and supported the club and Australian Open – tennis was definitely the winner! We now look forward to bringing you next month’s Davis Cup action where the Aussies will be desperate to upset the Czech Republic in their World Group tie.
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