Grand Slam tennis tournaments in 2018 were marked by a series of intense moments with new records set, personal overcoming and controversial matches. Review the highlights below.
Making history: Roger Federer won the Australian Open and reached the unprecedented title of 20 Grand Slams
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The court action of the Australian Open made for an epic start to the Grand Slam series. Swiss Roger Federer, took out a historic win for his sixth Australian Open victory and 20th Grand Slam title, grounding himself as the most successful male Grand Slam winner to date. Federer showcased at Rod Laver Arena on a world stage that he is the best male player on the tennis scene today.
The women record holders for most Grand Slam wins surpass Federer’s achievements. Steffi Graff (22 wins) and Serena Williams (23 wins) have both raised their first place Grand Slam trophies more than 20 times.
After 6 years and several ‘nearly champion’, Caroline Wozniacki is back to be the world’s No. 1
In a nerve-wracking, 2h 49min match, Danish Caroline Wozniacki triumphed against Romanian Simona Halep at the Australian Open by two sets to one. The title had a lot of meaning for Wozniacki, as in addition to being the first Grand Slam win of her career, Caroline took the lead in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranking, which was previously being held by Halep.
Prior to this match, Wozniacki had already played 42 Grand Slam tournaments. Her main achievements were two US Open finals, which occurred in 2009 and 2014. At the Australian Open, she had never reached a final. Her best efforts had taken her to the semi-final in 2011.
— José Morais (@ZezeAM) January 27, 2018
Rafael Nadal: “It’s something that is really unique, something that you can’t dream of, winning 11 times the same tournament.”
Spanish Rafael Nadal never tiers of winning Roland Garros, also known as French Open, in Paris. The world number one won a record-extending title with a three-to-one set victory over the Austrian Dominic Thiem. After a 2h 42min match, Nadal won the trophy for the 11th time at the French Open.
Nadal joined Australia’s Margaret Court as the only player to win 11 titles at this Grand Slam, while the victory also took his record to 86 wins and just two losses in his career.
"He’s a good friend. One of these players that the tour needs. I am sure you will win here in the next couple of years."
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 10, 2018
Halep beats Stephens in the final at Roland Garros and scores her 1st career Grand Slam
Romanian Simona Halep defeated American player Sloane Stephens by two sets to one at the French tournament final. This was Halep’s fourth Grand Slam final after losing three other finals in the past, including two at Rolland Garros. Additionally, to breaking the taboo of not winning any Grand Slam titles, Halep secured her position as number one female in the world.
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“This is the moment I was waiting for since I was 14. All the experience from those three finals that I lost … was a positive thing and gave me a little bit more power to believe.”
After outlasting Rafael Nadal in the second-longest men’s semi-final in Wimbledon history, Novak Djokovic proceeded to then win the final’s match.
Nadal and Djokovic match becomes second longest Wimbledon semi-final, just one day after Kevin Anderson and John Isner had set the record for the longest. After an epic 5hr 17min match that had to be suspended overnight, Djokovic finally mustered the strength to win the final set scoring 0-8 in the fifth set.
In the final match Djokovic gave a flawless performance in the deciding sets, resulting in three sets to nil against South African Kevin Anderson. This was his fourth Wimbledon title and the 13th Grand Slam of his career.
This was a memorable victory not only for the results achieved but for the barriers overcome by Djokovic during the tournament. The former world number one was off the court almost all the second half of 2017 due to an elbow surgery. Djokovic also couldn’t hide his disappointment in his performance at Roland Garros, “I do not know if I’m going to play on the grass. I do not know what I’m going to do”, he admitted after being eliminated in the quarter-finals by Marco Cecchinato. Pushing his mental and physical boundaries, he became a finalist in the Queen’s tournament and entered Wimbledon in 21st place, willing to play better, round by round.
“It’s hard to pick the words. I’m just going through flashbacks, the last 15 months, everything I’ve been through to get to the final and to win against the best player in the world in one of the longest matches I’ve ever played over two days. I’m just overwhelmed.”
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The German Angelique Kerber beat Serena Williams and won a Wimbledon title for the first time
After only 1h05 minutes into the match, Angelique Kerber defeated Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final, winning two sets to nil. With this trophy, Kerber became the first German since Stefanie Graf to win the Wimbledon Championships.
Roland Garros is the only remaining Grand Slam tournament Kerber needs to claim victory. Only 10 female tennis players in the world achieved the mark of winning all four Grand Slams tournaments.
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Naomi Osaka Beats Serena Williams To Win US Open 2018. The win was almost overshadowed by Serena Williams’ Outburst
Naomi Osaka, a twenty-year-old from Japan, marked her name in history after beating Serena Williams. Not only did Osaka win her first career Grand Slam title but also rose as a sporting icon for her country by becoming the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam tournament. Despite her admirable triumph, the match ended up being overshaded by Serena Williams reaction towards the match umpire’s accusations.
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Serena became enraged by umpire Carlos Ramos’s warning for receiving coaching whilst she was on court. She tearfully accused him of being a “thief” and angrily demanded an apology from the official. When a second code violation for racquet abuse was handed out to her along with a point penalty, Williams exploded. Then by approaching the umpire and cursing him as a thief and liar, the American took another warning and ended up with a three point penalty, making the game go to 5/3 in favor of Osaka and inevitably leading to her defeat.
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Djokovic defeats Del Potro in the US Open final and wins 14th Grand Slam of his career
Novak Djokovic won the US Open for his third time, defeating Juan Martín del Potro three sets to nil.
US Open prize money was record-breaking with both female and male winners taking away $3.8 million for their victory, the largest takings in the Grand Slam series.
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