The top seeds prevailed in the Men’s and Women’s singles at the 2015 Australian Open as Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic validated their advance billing as the best hard court players ever to step on the hard court. The finals featured determined efforts by challengers Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray, both of whom will doubtless suffer disappointment. Fortunately both losers will have plenty of money and good company to help them recover.
Novak Djokovic stunned 5th seed Andy Murray (7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0) in an unforgettable display of power, racquet skill and grittiness. The world’s best hard court player demonstrated his superiority again wearing down feisty Scotsman Andy Murray just as he did his Swiss semifinal opponent and the 2014 defending champion, Stan Wawrinka, by closing the match with a love set. The first two sets of this match were some of the best tennis ever played on any hard court at any tournament.
Serena, Serena, Serena! After listless matches at the outset, the best female player to ever play the game threw her heaviest artillery at Russian Maria Sharapova, who could not match the champion’s serving prowess in the finals. The second best female player of the generation went down in two tough sets but may have solidified her challenger and fan favorite status with the noble effort.
In their last of a series of stunning upsets, the unseeded Italian duo of Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli claimed their first Grand Slam doubles title by downing another unseeded entry of France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-4.
American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Czech Lucie Safarova looked like a team for the future. The unseeded entry swept through the field to defeat 14th seeded Taipei’s Yung-Jan Chan and China’s Jie Zheng 6-4, 7-6 (5) in a match filled with spectacular net play.
The crowd favorite surprised the field with veterans Martina Hingis and Leander Paes overcoming familiar combatants Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-3. The win came 12 years after Paes won the Australian Open Mixed title with former women’s singles champion Martina Navratilova.
Russian top seed Roman Safiullin withstood a serious challenge from promising South Korean Seong-chan Hong 7-5 7-6(2) in a thrilling battle to the end. The 6 foot 3 inch 17-year old Russian’s power game was the difference maker in the match played before a thrilled crowd.
The future looks bright for another Slovakian, as Tereza Mihalikova captured the girl’s singles championship in dominating style. 14th seed Katie Swann of Britain gave chase but did not have the weapons in the final 6-1, 6-4 loss.