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Australian Open 2018 - Women's preview

14 January, 2018, 15:44 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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"The championship is open in the sense there are so many great players", added the Australian-born Briton.

Entering as the No. 1 seed for the first time at a major and at a tournament where she's had back-to-back first-round exits, two-time French Open finalist Halep opens against teenage wild-card entry Destanee Aiava.

This time past year, then 17th seeded Roger Federer entered the Australian Open after a.

The dawning of a new tennis season has in past years triggered lots of confident predictions - whether it be the continued domination of Serena Williams or, in most seasons, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

"Look, I just think injuries can occur in one single moment when you come down from a serve".

The Australian Open 2018 will be played from 15 to 28 January in Melbourne in Australia.

"I still know what I'm capable of, and I believe in my own abilities to win against the best players in the world", Djokovic said.

Sloane Stephens, who made a stellar run to the U.S. Open title past year, agrees the Australian field is still extremely tough without Williams, a 23-time major victor.

A record 20th slam title could see him return to world number one, although Nadal only needs to reach the quarter-finals to hold onto that honour.

Kyrgios won his first home ATP Tour title at the Brisbane International and is looking to go further than a quarter-final appearance in Melbourne three years ago.

If Federer wins this year's tournament, he will be tied for the most Australian titles with Djokovic and Roy Emerson, who both have won six Australian Open titles.

Beautiful moment. Image Getty
Beautiful moment. Image Getty

Stephens' rise to Grand Slam champion status played out like a fairytale, which earned her the 2017 WTA Comeback Player of the Year honors.

Yet few would be surprised if the tournament ends in a repeat of last year's final with Federer up against his great Spanish rival and top seed Rafa Nadal.

Djokovic had contested 51 consecutive Grand Slams until he missed last year's U.S. Open during his rehabilitation.

Serena Williams beat her older sister Venus Williams in the final to capture an Open era-record 23rd major here previous year but decided against defending her title because she didn't have enough time to recover from health issues after a complicated childbirth in September.

On the men's side, it's a couple of old guys-who played nothing like old guys in 2017-who stand as the two favorites: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. "I hope to be healthy and competitive, and most important thing, I hope to enjoy tennis one more year".

He won all four of his matches against Nadal, but in his 37th year would be the last to take his fitness for granted.

And he reappears at Melbourne Park in a totally different context to 2017.

Can Nadal go one better than past year?

"I was able to practise as much as I've wanted to, which is good, which I didn't do at the US Open". I just need to know it's a long year.

"I'll be over the moon if I can play", he said.

Last year's course of events, though, should give even the most brazen of futurologists food for thought. Dimitrov, the world's No.3 seems to be intent, at 26, to become the player he has threatened to be since he was 20.

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