Wednesday 9 January 2013

Serena Williams and Australian Open 2013

Where to start for Serena Williams,  she has done so much that it is so tough to find words to start an article previewing her chances at a tournament. Serena Williams is on a roll, a 16 match winning streak that started with her U.S Open title, then the year end championships title and to kick start her 2013campaign the Brisbane International title.

Serena Williams is the clear favourite of the Australian Open barring an injury. She knows how to win matches even when not playing her best.

Let us see how far Serena Williams streak will continue?

Serena Williams and Australian Open – Based on the past results of 3rd seeded players

Serena Williams will be seeded 3rd for the Australian Open. Having a seeding with her name has never had an impact on Serena Williams result, who has won the tournament even as an un-seeded player back in 2007.

Nonetheless, let us see what the chances of Serena Williams lifting the trophy for the 6th time, based on the trend set by former 3rd seeded players at the Australian Open.
3rd seeded players have gone 24-1 in the opening round of the Australian Open;
. 24-0 in the second round of the Australian Open;
. 22-2 in the third round of the Australian Open; and
. 15-7 in the 4th round of the Australian Open.

Based on history Serena Williams has a 60% chance of making it to the quarter-finals or better of the Australain Open.

An interesting thing to note is that for the last two years the player seeded 3rd has gone on to win the Australian Open title. In 2011, 3rd seeded Kim Clijsters went on to claim her first major outside U.S.A and her last major overall.

In 2012, 3rd seeded Azarenka went on to win the Australian Open final for her maiden grand slam and rose to the top spot by virtue of winning the trophy.

Serena Williams is hot favourite for the Australian Open, and she has a shot at the top spot also, even if she fails to win the Australian Open.

Will Serena make it 3 years in a row that a 3rd seeded player wins the Australian Open or someone will step up to stop Serena Williams from clinching her 3rd straight major title?

Serena Williams and Australian Open – Based on the past performances of Serena Williams

Serena Williams is a whooping 53-9 at the Australain Open, with 5 titles in her pocket. The year is 2013, and odd year, and it is interesting to note that 4 of Serena’s 5 Australain Open titles have come in odd years.
Serena William’s first Australain Open title came in 2003 when she beat Kim Clijsters in the semi-finals and Venus Williams in the final. 2003 Australain Open title was very special for Serena Williams and very historic also. Serena Williams came back from 1-5 down in the 3rd set of her semi-final against Kim Clijstersto take the 3rd set and match and book a place in the final. With her final win over Venus Williams, Serena Williams completed the Serena Slam, to become only the 5th woman in the history to hold all the 4 slams at one time.
Serena did not compete in 2004, and went on to win the title in 2005. She lost in the 3rd round in 2006 at the hands of Daniela Hantuchova, then went on win her 3rd Australian Open title in 2007 as an un-seeded player .

Serena lost in the quarter-finals at the hands of Jelena Jankovic in 2008, and then again went on to claim her 4th Australian Open title in 2009.

2010 is the only even year, and the only time when Serena has successfully defended her Australain Open crown. Serena did not play in 2011 owing to injury, and in 2012 went down in the 4th round at the hands of Ekaterina Makarova.

2013 is another odd year, and Serena should be destined to win her 6th crown at the Australain Open.
Serena has lost only one match since her surprise exit in the opening round of French Open, and going into the Australian Open she is the red hot pick of everyone.

Will Serena Williams get hold on the Australian Open title to set stage for another Serena Slam, only future can tell us. Let us wait and watch the future unfold.

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