2019 Australian Open

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  1. Shadowlight

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    Starting this Sunday as Djokovic and Halep are the number one seeds. They were deservedly the male and female players of the year for 2018.

    Serena went the entire year without bagging a major and the hope is she continues to decline into eventual oblivion. Move over big mouth.

    Every year there is speculation surrounding the next big things and will the old order finally dissipate? Last year especially on the men's side the old order held to form. I and others keep wondering when that dam will finally break but maybe this is the year all havoc and turnover takes place.

    That said one of the old order Andy Murray, unlike Djokovic who recovered from his injuries in grand style, hasn't been able to shake his hip injury so he just announced he plans to retire perhaps as early as after the Australian Open. Just 31 at one time he was a gold card carrying member of the "big four." He won the US Open in 2012, two historic Wimbledon titles in 2013 and 2016 and two Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016.

    He also played and lost in five Australian Open finals and lost one French open final. He was a superb mover and tactician and at one time was the best player in the world.

    Shame that he can't overcome his physical maladies. He may try and stick it out until Wimbledon which would be a more fitting place for him to say his goodbyes. HOF player whose career went sideways due to injuries in his prime no less.
    It is really too bad.
     
  2. BeyondFedUp

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    Good observations, Shadowlight.

    Speaking of retiring, I also believe Fed will retire sometime this year, possibly after Wimbledon and not even enter the US Open. We'll see. He's probably the GOAT for doing what he has for so long at such a high level of success for the past two decades.
     
  3. Shadowlight

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    For obvious reasons the "home boy" Murray would like to stick around and retire at Wimbledon.

    As for Roger if his slippage continues from the back half of last year it isn't out of the question he might call it a day at Wimbledon and how fitting that would be since that his is "home" as well.

    If both players retire at Wimbledon the emotions would be overwhelming. There won't be a dry eye in the house. You can bet on it.
     
  4. Don Wassall

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    Halep was nearly defeated in the second round by American Sophia Kenin, winning 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4.

    I read about it in the sports section of the local paper and had never heard of Kenin before. Couldn't guess her racial background with precision given her name but figured she was yet another beefy black or mixed female as so many leading players from the U.S. are now. But was happy to see she's an All-American girl. Well, actually she's a Russian, born there but moved to America shortly thereafter and after starting to play tennis at age 5 she was sent to the tennis training mills in Florida to develop. According to Wikipedia her idol is Maria Sharapova. She just turned 20 in November.

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  5. BeyondFedUp

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    To make matters possibly "worse", Halep has to play Venus later today (Saturday down under) and if she prevails she plays the Linebacker next if she wins her match, which is likely, unfortunately. The Linebacker is seeded 16th but that's the way the draw worked out. Could be interesting.
     
  6. Shadowlight

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    I watched the Halep match this morning. They replayed it. She looked sharp and dominated Venus. Was particularly impressed with her return of serve. Of course next up is the big bad one but hopefully Simona disposes of her. Serena is like a drain clog and you just can't wait to clear her out of the way.
     
  7. Shadowlight

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    Also playing this morning was Camila Giorgi who in typical fashion flashed talent but lost anyway. She can move and smack the ball with the best of them despite being on the smallish side. She also plays a particularly brainless style of tennis which is why she has never made giant inroads. Back a while Kim Clijsters was criticized for similar traits but she eventually overcame them and became a big time champ even after her first retirement.

    Girogi though is arguably the most attractive gal on tour now and to say she is photogenic isn't saying enough. Her ethnic background is murky. Italian mother from Argentina but she is also described as being Jewish. Maybe both? I haven't figured it out. Whatever I don't foresee Giorgi ever making a mark. She doesn't strategize and tennis like golf is a very mental sport. All she does is "see ball smack ball."

    I have seen her play in person and watched her practice back when her long haired dad used to coach her for want of a better word. Ha. She is a terrific athlete though and has a nice build to go along with her pretty face.
     

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