She’s the boss. Serena Williams walked all over the 2015 Australian Open that she won for the 6th time, bringing her total of Grand Slam victories to 19. The American precedes Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray who also had a fantastic fortnight. Behind, Melzer had a rant and Stosur managed a wonderful head-shot.
1- Serena Williams (NE).
Powerful comeback for Serena Williams! Absent from our ranking last week, the American returns directly to the top spot after winning her 19th Grand Slam and her sixth Australian Open. Thanks to her success in final against Maria Sharapova (6-3/7-6), the 33-year-old player passes Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert (18 GS) and heads straight for Steffi Graf (2S). Incredible.
This week has definitely been perfect for Serena who met one of her heroes, the Country music star Kenny Rogers.
2- Novak Djokovic (/).
What if he won everything in 2015? While Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal seemed to be struggling in recent months, Novak Djokovic continues to impress. The Serb went for the 8th Grand Slam of his career this week, his fifth in Australia, where he feels at home.Nole could count on the support of his fans, including that of his son, already fully behind daddy.
The world number 1 also made the show off the courts. Earlier in the week, he improvised a duet with Australian Country singer Keith Urban hologram.
The Serb seems more comfortable with a racquet, right?
3- Andy Murray (+2).
No third Grand Slam title for Andy Murray. Defeated in the final by Novak Djokovic, the Scot nonetheless achieved a fantastic fortnight, helped by the support of Scottish grannies.
However, Mauresmo will probably have to take her protégé to an ophthalmologist: Murray has committed the most ridiculous double fault of the year
It's the rant of the week. Eliminated in the second round of the Australian Open, the Austrian player had all the time to watch the handball World Cup in Qatar. And the least we can say is that he didn't appreciate the arbitration of the quarterfinal between Qatar and Germany, which saw Qataris, prevail in controversy.
Melzer's bad mood turned into fever. The 33-year-old then spent four days in bed.
5- Stan Wawrinka (NE).
No exploits for Stan Wawrinka this year. Surprise winner in Melbourne last season, the Swiss lost in the semi-final against Novak Djokovic in five sets. Before facing the world number 1, Wawrinka spent some time with guide dogs.
Wawrinka also wished good luck to French comedian Malik Bentalha for his show on live TV.
6- Nick Kyrgios (-5).
He might not be in the big league yet, but he's getting closer. Only defeated in the quarterfinals by Andy Murray, Nick Kyrgios equalled his best performance in a Grand Slam. For his match against the Scot, he also asked the organizers for no less than 15 all-access passes and another 60 seats at the Rod Laver Arena. Before passing the quarterfinals in (hopefully) the near future, Kyrgios is already taking advantage of his newfound fame to raise the biddings. According to celebrity agent Max Markson, he just renegotiated his partnership with Nike and Yonex and could earn up to 50 million dollars in sponsorship over the next ten years.
7. Venus Williams (NE).
Serena Williams isn’t the only Williams that impressed this week. Venus also succeeded a beautiful journey in Melbourne, only defeated in the quarterfinals by Keys. The longevity of the eldest of the Williams sister is impressive. When she started, this is how phones looked like.
8- Maria Sharapova (NE).
She had only lost one set in six matches. But on Saturday, in the final against her nemesis Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova had to surrender for the 16th time in a row against the American that she hasn't defeated in ten years.
A big disappointment for the Russian who will now seek consolation with her family.
9 Tomas Berdych (-3).
He came to Melbourne with the dream to win the first Grand Slam of his career. Tomas Berdych finally stopped in the semi-finals after a frustrating match against Andy Murray. Despite the disappointment, the Czech preferred to philosophize at the end of the match.
Before going home, Berdych made a small detour through Doha.
10. Grigor Dimitrov (NE).
We didn't know that he was capable of this kind of outburst. After his defeat against Andy Murray in the round of sixteen, the Bulgarian broke down and took it all out on his tennis racquet. It must be said that he had reason to get nervous; Dimitrov was leading up 5-2 in the fourth round before losing 7-5.
You sure had noticed the inscription "carpe diem" on the handle of Dimitrov's racquet. Well, fortunately, the 23-year-old calmed down before taking the plane back home.
11. Samantha Stosur (NE).
Eliminated from the 2nd round in singles, Samantha Stosur was hoping to make up for it in doubles with Svetlana Kuznetsova. But the two women lost in the round of 16. Not sure that the Australian serving directly on the head of her Russian partner played in their favour.
But managing to make Kuznetsova laugh, it was well worth a place in our ranking.
12- Eugenie Bouchard (NE).
Eugenie Bouchard wanted to hide (under a staircase) after her defeat against Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
But the young Canadian quickly forgot her mishap by falling in love with John Travolta when she watched Grease for the first time.
13. Petra Kvitova (-9).
Defeated in the 3rd round in Melbourne, Petra Kvitova dried her tears when she found out that she had just topped the 200 000 followers on Twitter.
14. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (NE).
Since he had to withdraw for the Australian Open because of an injury to his right arm, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga took advantage of this free time to pose for GQ. Obviously, Jo looks more comfortable with a coat than with a Kinder Bueno. (He did a famous advertisement for the Italian Chocolate Brand in France, ed)
15- Maria Kirilenko (NE).
Absent in Melbourne, Maria Kirilenko got married this week. "The best day of her life," according to her (how surprising!). Until the arrival of a baby? According to several Russian media, the 28-year-old player would indeed be pregnant, which would explain her absence from the courts in recent weeks.
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