Friday, January 27, 2006

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Roger Federer is through to the final of a grand slam once again. It is not surprising; what is important is the somewhat stiff opposition that the Swiss had to face . Haas and Davydenko had taken the champion to a distance that was unthinkable last season. In the semifinals, Kiefer looked good for two sets and then the resistance faded.

Federer has to face the 'new kid on the block' Marcos Baghdatis in the final. The Cypriot showed his mettle by beating Nalbandian after being two sets down in the semis. But Federer is in a different class. Of course, Baghdatis has nothing to lose. The pressure is on Federer.

In the ladies side, the final features the Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne and the Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo. The Belgian starts the favourite and her opponent has to do something extraordinary to win her first major.

The Indian fans have a lot to look forward in the men's doubles with Paes and Damm taking on the top team of the Bryan brothers. In the mixed doubles Bhupathi and Hingis are into the finals with Paes losing out.

In the womens' doubles, the Chinese team have won over the favourites. Looks like the Chinese have begun to make their mark in tennis-a racquet sport.

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