Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber are the Australian Open 2016 Champions. It was Novak’s 6th Championship title while the very first Australian as well as a Grand slam for Angelique Kerber. The way Angelique Kerber played shows what a great champion she is. It is hard to believe that in the first round she saved a match point and later stages became even better and went on winning the trophy. She also became the first German player after Steffi Graff to win the Grand slam after a long time.
The runner ups Andy Murray and Serena Williams played great matches throughout the tournament but felt one short in the final. It was quite emotional speech by Andy at the presentation ceremony. I hope everything will turn out good for him. The way Serena Williams congratulated and appreciated her opponent; it shows what a great person she is. I do hope the 22nd title is around the corner for Serena. I really liked the way she praised for Angelique Kerber. Here it is:
“Ange congratulations! You did so well. You truly deserved it. You played the best in the tournament. Let me be the first person to congratulate you. I am so happy for you. I hope you enjoy the moment.“
– Serena Williams
As far as Indians are concerned the top ranked pair of Sania Mirza and Swiss Miss. Martina Hingis won the title. This is their 3rd Grand slam title. I am sure there will be many more to come. Sania had a great run with the mixed doubles event as well but unfortunately lost in the tough semifinal match with the ultimate winners Bruno Soares and Elena Vesnina. Leander Paes with Martina Hingis went up to quarterfinal of the Australian Open mixed event. Yuki Bhambri lost to Tomas Berdych in the men’s singles first round.
The winners are
- Novak Djokovic
- Angelique Kerber
- Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis
- Bruno Soares and Elena Vesnina – Mixed Doubles Champions
- Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray and – Men’s Doubles Champions
Thus concludes the Australian Open Tennis Championship 2016. I had lot of fun listening to live matches on AO radio.