Friday, October 25, 2013
Around the world in 80 days
|Victoria Azarenka took out Serena-slayer Sloane Stephens in the semis before beating Li Na in the final to win the 2013 Australian Open.|
We’ll be going around the world in 80 days when the 2014 Australian Open begins on Jan. 13 in Melbourne. A year ago, the tournament went by the book when the top seeds took home the trophy in the men’s singles and doubles and women’s singles and doubles. Novak Djokovic won his sixth and most recent Grand Slam title Down Under a year ago by beating Andy Murray. In all, the Serb has won four of his major titles in Melbourne. On the women’s side, top-seeded Victoria Azarenka beat Li Na in the final to claim her second Grand Slam title and her second Australian Open crown. In men’s doubles, top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan became the most decorated doubles team in history when they won their 13th major title. They added two more in 2013 – at the French Open and Wimbledon. In women’s doubles, top-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci won their lone major of the year. In mixed doubles, the unseeded Australian duo of Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden threw in the plot’s lone twist when they claimed the trophy.