The Australian Open 2019 edition is nearing the end. The women’s final will be played between Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova, and in the men’s finals Rafael Nadal will most likely meet Novak Djokovic. It was a nice event, not very full of surprises, and we hope it will end in the same high note.
What changed at the AO 2019?
For starters, it should be noted that no one from last year’s finalists managed to reach at least the semi-finals. Federer and Cilic were sent out pretty early in the competition, as it is the case of Halep and Wozniacki.
If in the men’s competition the final will not make any changes in the ATP top, in the women’s competition the future # 1 will be determined by the outcome of the final.
At the moment, Naomi Osaka is the future WTA #1 (in the rankings to be published on January 28, 2019), but a victorious Kvitova may overturn the situation. Halep, the former world leader, fell to # 3 after failing to defend her points (it would mean playing at least the final).
What happened to Zverev?
This is a good question. Regarded as the future top player in the world, the German did not made it past the fourth round. In fact, Zverev seems to have a problem with Grand Slam tournaments. Even though he has managed to win some Master titles, Alexander seems to be failing to keep up with a longer and more tiring tour. Probably a mental concentration problem, because physically and technically, Zverev is perfectly capable of reaching at least a Grand Slam semi-final.
Osaka is the new tennis sensation
Almost unknown until a year ago, when she won Indian Wells, Naomi Osaka is about to become the new world tennis star. The Japanese with Haitian origins is at her second Grand Slam final of her career, just 20 years old. Already loved by the media, Osaka is the main favorite in Saturday’s final. If she wins, she will become the youngest player in the WTA circuit with 2 Grand Slam titles under her belt.