Tennis Season: A Monthly View of 2010 (Part 1)

12 Jul

We are more than halfway into the tennis season and have already seen more drama than anyone could have expected so far.   In this entry, I will highlight action from each month on the calendar and give insight into the months ahead.

January:

Major Tournaments: Australian Open (Grand Slam)

Winners: Roger Federer (SUI) and Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams defeated Justine Henin in the Australian Open final

Roger Federer defeated Andy Murray in the Australian Open final

The year got off to a great start with the world number one’s taking the titles in Melbourne.   Roger Federer saw off the Scotsman Andy Murray in 3 relatively easy sets for his 16th major title.  Other stories of note at the Aussie Open for the men included the Croat Marin Cilic making his maiden Slam semi losing to Andy Murray after previously taking out Andy Roddick and U.S. Open champ Juan Martin del Potro, who we havent seen since.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams defended her 2009 title for a 12th major title.  She beat the comeback queen, Justine Henin, in a tight 3 setter that not only marked the first time the two had played since 2007, but also the first 3 set women’s Grand Slam final since the 2006 Wimbledon final between Mauresmo and Henin.  Other highlights in Melbourne included the return of Maria Sharapova and Kim Cllijsters to Melbourne Park for the first time since 2008 and 2007 respectively.  But, both comebacks proved unsuccessful with Sharapova losing in the 1st round to Kirilenko and Clijsters in the 3rd round to Petrova.

February:

A relatively uneventful month in tennis saw Maria Sharapova win the title in Memphis and Venus Williams defend both her Dubai and Acapulco titles.  On the men’s side, Andy Roddick entered both the San Diego and Memphis events, but lost in the finals and quarterfinals respectively.

Maria Sharapova won her first title of 2010 in Memphis.

Venus Williams

Venus Williams won a title in Dubai and also in Acapulco on red clay

Fed Cup and Davis Cup also took place in February, with the United States moving on to the semis in the Fed Cup, but failing to get out of the first round in the Davis Cup.  The ties in February made way for the Davis Cup quarterfinals: Russia-Argentina, Spain-France, Czech Republic-Chile, and Croatia-Serbia.  In Fed Cup, the semis were set with the U.S. to play Russia in Birmingham, Alabama while Italy took on the Czech Republic at the Foro Italico in Rome.

Melanie Oudin led the U.S. to victory over France in February

Team U.S.A. didn't even come close to taking the Cup in 2010

Stay tuned for a recap of the American hard court tournaments (BNP Paribas Open and Sony Ericsson Open and also the beginning of the European clay court tournaments tomorrow on Tennis News.)

Here’s a tentative schedule of the entries of the coming days:

Tuesday: March and April

Wednesday: May (including Roland Garros)

Thursday: June-July (including Wimbledon)

Friday or Saturday: Preview of the U.S. Open series, U.S. Open, and the rest of the season!

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One Response to “Tennis Season: A Monthly View of 2010 (Part 1)”

  1. sam August 20, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    Top 10 latest ATP Tennis Rankings

    1. Rafael Nadal,Spain,10,925 points

    2. Roger Federer, Switzerland, 7,215

    3. Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 7,085

    4. Andy Murray, Britain, 5,305

    5. Robin Soderling, Sweden, 4,830

    6. Nikolay Davydenko, Russia, 4,195

    7. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 3,950

    8. Fernando Verdasco, Spain, 3,430.

    9. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, 3,170

    10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, United France, 3,095
    (As on August 16, 2010)

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