The Australian Open 2022, the first Grand Slam of the season, has many reasons for interest, and great anticipation winds among insiders, media and fans, for the first major event of the Game of the season that has just begun.
There will be no Roger Federer and Serena Williams. But there will be all the other stars of world tennis, such as Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka. There will also be the 9-time champion of the tournament Novak Djokovic, who was the protagonist of a real legal war between Australia and Serbia for his entry into the country.
Talking about history, there are some names inextricably linked to the history of the greatest tennis tournaments and the Australian Open are no exception.
Australian Open: the best women's singles matches of history
Serena Williams against Venus Williams, in 2003, was another great challenge.
Defeating her sister di lei in the final in three sets for 7–6 (4), 3–6, 6–4, Serena won the first Australian Open of her career, and she was confirmed as the brightest star of American women's tennis.
Then came six more titles in Melbourne, for a total of 7, last of which just in 2017, again against her sister di lei Venus. We have also to remember Jennifer Capriati against Martina Hingis' match of 2002. For the second consecutive year, Capriati defeated Martina Hingis in the Melbourne final after three thrilling sets, ended 4–6, 7–6 (7), 6–2, thus winning the second Australian Open title of her career.
Simona Halep against Angelique Kerber, semifinal of 2018, was one of the most beautiful match of the season, and one of the best in Melbourne. After a very balanced and hard fought match, Halep defeated the German in three sets, with the final score of 6-3 4-6 9-7, reaching her first Australian Open final.
One of the most beautiful match ever at the Australian Open was the one between Margaret Smith and Evonne Goolagong of 1971. Smith recovered a set of disadvantage to her opponent, before defeating her in three sets, with the final score 2–6, 7– 6, 7–5, and winning her 10th title at the Australian Open.
Martina Navratilova against Chris Evert was one of the challenges that characterized the 80s. Navratilova defeated the American tennis player after three exciting sets, with the final score of 6–7 (4), 6–4, 7–5, winning her first Australian title, in 1981.