The organization of the Australian Open 2021 has long been troubled because of the global COVID-19 pandemic that has plagued the world. In the state of Victoria there have been many protests, related to direct flights to Australia, which have brought new positives to the country and a lot of controversy.
Controversy also for the different quarantine between top-players and other tennis players, in Adelaide and Melbourne. But now it's time to play, now it's time to rewrite history. And, talking about history, there are some names inextricably linked to the history of the greatest tennis tournaments and the Australian Open are no exception.
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!
Australian Open: the best women's matches ever
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.
Serena Williams against Venus Williams, in 2003, was another great challenge. Defeating her sister 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 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.
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.