If there was one word to describe Australian Open 2017, it would be ‘Nostalgia’.
We had so many feels on the last day of the first Grand Slam tournament, that we did not ever want it to end. Venus Williams vs Serena Williams for the Women’s Singles Championship and Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal for the Men’s Singles Championship was enough to kindle the childish enthusiasm within us.
It is still hard to believe that such a Grand Slam tournament had happened, given that all the players in the men’s and women’s singles final were in their 30s. Australian Open 2017 will go down as one of the best grand slam tournaments in the history of tennis.
Here is why we will remember it for a long long time.
The Return of the Williams Sisters
It was a sister-sister face off in a grand slam final after almost 9 years. Serena Williams and Venus Williams renewed their rivalry in Australian Open when they clashed in the final for the women’s singles title.
Serena was chasing a record 23rd grand slam title and Venus was making an impressive comeback to the top ranks after a long time. Serena Williams decisively beat her elder sister for the title, thereby stamping her authority as the most dominant women tennis player in the history of the game.
It was a sweet moment when both the sisters hugged after the final point. This was simply a throwback to the good ‘ol times when Venus was in her prime battling against a young and raring Serena. Things have changed now but the sister love remains the same!
Roger vs Rafa – One More Time!
The reason we loved Australian Open 2017 was not just an epic women’s singles final but an even bigger men’s singles final.
We had grown up on Federer and Nadal going at each another for years. A spectacle we last saw in 2011 French Open final and thought would never witness again was unveiling on the center court of Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne for the Australian Open 2017 Men’s Singles Championship.
A dream final turned into an epic five-setter match and Roger Federer reigned supreme over his old nemesis Nadal. It was Federer’s 18th Grand Slam singles title, the most ever by a male player in the open era of tennis.
While it was a true spectacle to watch Roger Federer lift a grand slam trophy again after almost 5 years, it was more satisfactory to see Nadal as the one who pushed him to the limits in an emotional men’s singles final.
It was a true trip down the memory lane to see Nadal and Federer sharing the podium during the presentation ceremony. Both wanted the win so bad and we as fans of the sport and true lovers of competition could not have asked for a better treat than this.
Thank You Australian Open 2017. It truly was a nostalgic ride we will remember forever 🙂