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Australian Open 2023

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  • Registered Users Posts: 29,345 ✭✭✭✭HeidiHeidi


    Well you were right about Rybakina-Sabalenka for the final.

    I was really, really hoping that Azarenka would come through - I haven't seen much of the tennis this time, but I've seen bit of her and really thought she looked like she might go all the way.

    I'm not sure I'll be able to watch the match - I've tried dipping in and out of Sabalenka matches, and can't take much more than a game of her shrieking, don't think I could take a whole match. Is she really only 24???



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,649 ✭✭✭Floppybits


    Very disappointing with Azarenka's response to Rybankina winning the first set. Really thought she would have put up more a battle against her.



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,456 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    Sabalenka hasn't won yet! Up 5-4 on serve in the first set.

    Yep she's only 24, feels older cause she's been around a while already. First final was in Tianjin against Sharapova back in 2017, the sole title Sharapova won after the doping ban.



  • Registered Users Posts: 29,345 ✭✭✭✭HeidiHeidi


    Oh!

    I was a bit sleep deprived after a night shift - heard on the radio that she was hoping for an all-Belarusian final, so assumed she was through already!! (as, clearly, did she!)



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,456 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    Tsitsipas into the final, and will somehow be world #1 if he wins. Not going to happen though.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,890 ✭✭✭dominatinMC


    Long overdue a final appearance imo, always thought his gamestyle was well suited to AO conditions.

    But, ya, he is going to get mauled on Sunday. Don't even see it being competitive tbh, Djokovic will expose that BH wing and break him down.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,649 ✭✭✭Floppybits


    What is going on with Djokovic? He was 4-1 up at one stage and its now back on serve with Tommy Paul serving to stay in the set.



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,942 ✭✭✭✭josip


    They seem to be breaking each other for fun over there this evening.



  • Registered Users Posts: 404 ✭✭Robert Nairac


    It's been an underwhelming tournament on the men's side.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,649 ✭✭✭Floppybits


    Was just saying this the other night, only stand out matches for me were the 2 Murray matches. The Australian Open is a hard one to gauge because a lot of the matches are on through the night. But yep it has been underwhelming



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  • Registered Users Posts: 55,673 ✭✭✭✭walshb


    FFS, where are the male tennis talents? Nole must be 50 at this stage and still 5-1 on to win title number 10 at Melbourne.. joke.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,896 ✭✭✭Girly Gal


    Men's tennis is probably at its lowest ebb in a very long time, it would be good for men's tennis if Tsitsipas won, but, doubt that will happen. It's a damning indictment that barring injury, Djokovic and Nadal are likely to share the first 3 slams of the season, with Alcaraz looking likely to be the only serious challenger.

    Hoping Rybakina wins, as she didn't get any credit for winning Wimbledon last year and has been virtually ignored since.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,118 ✭✭✭Royale with Cheese


    Djokovic will win easily on Sunday, he'll win Wimbledon at a canter. If Nadal can get fully fit then I'd have him favourite at Roland Garros but if not then it's Djokovic winning that one again. Alcaraz has a shot on the hard courts, a real shame he's missing at this tournament as his presence is badly needed.



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,456 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    It is a real shame Alcaraz couldn't partake, genuinely think he's good enough to challenge Djokovic in Melbourne. Hopefully he's back soon.



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,456 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    It's a really interesting matchup later this morning and I'm really looking forward to it.

    Rybakina is the favourite but is surprisingly 0-3 against Sabalenka. I don't think Rybakina will be bothered by that, one of the wins was in 2019 when her talents were still in chrysalis, and she's a much better player now than in 2021 when the other two meetings took place.

    Rybakina has the experience of a grand slam final and she's already taken down the dominant world #1. This is totally unchartered territory for Sabalenka, someone who a lot wondered would ever break through at grand slam level after so many early career flops. As recently as Wimbledon 2021 she'd never even made a QF.

    I think I want Rybakina to win, it would be a super way to back up the Wimbledon title a lot assumed would be the sole grand slam of her career. She's been treated disgracefully since winning Wimbledon, plus I'd like the solidity that the last four slams being won by two players would offer.

    I'd equally be happy for Sabalenka to win, she's a consistent year-round force and clearly has the talent to merit a slam title. Also, it'd be a nice response to the Wimbledon debacle.

    Hoping it's a great match, the last two women's finals in Melbourne were duds.

    Prediction? Rybakina in three.



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,209 ✭✭✭✭Furze99


    Not inclined to follow this year at all. When you have a Russian (now Kazak) playing a Belarussian for a trophy and the Serbian nationalist pro Russian antics of yer mans camp - professional tennis has lost it's moral compass for me in the present circumstances. Propaganda puppetry.



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,456 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    Who's winning now? Feels like a coin flip. Rybakina's serve wasn't quite as potent in the second set, think a lot will depend on whether she finds it again.

    Will be interesting to see how they'll gloss over Sabalenka being from Belarus if she does win though. There'd usually be a reference to "everyone watching back home" or something like that.



  • Registered Users Posts: 39,935 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy


    Thats why I want Rybakina to win because after her winning Wimbledon and not getting the points I felt that wasn’t fair on her, and as you say it’s as if she didn’t win, yet we all saw it.



  • Registered Users Posts: 39,935 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy


    Sabalenka goes up 4-3 in the final set.



  • Registered Users Posts: 39,935 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy


    5-3 15-15 in the final set.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 39,935 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy


    5-4 Sabalenka. She’ll be serving for the Australian open title, so let’s see if she can hold her nerve.



  • Registered Users Posts: 39,935 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy


    And she does win on the fourth championship point.



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,456 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    A nervy service game, but she got over the line. Delighted for Sabalenka!



  • Registered Users Posts: 632 ✭✭✭squidgainz


    She was fully aware there'd be no ranking points , didn't have to play.



  • Registered Users Posts: 404 ✭✭Robert Nairac


    It was one of the best womens matches I have seen.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,896 ✭✭✭Girly Gal


    That's not the point, she has virtually been ignored and given little credit for winning Wimbledon, if Ons Jabeur had won that final she would have been rightly lauded for it, Rybakina deserved the same. Getting to the AO final backs up her Wimbledon win, it shows she isn't a flash in pan



  • Registered Users Posts: 29,345 ✭✭✭✭HeidiHeidi


    Just finished watching the game - what a great match!

    A proper ding-dong battle from start to finish, right up to the last point i wouldn't have bet on who would win in the end - it's a testament to the standard of play that I barely even notice the shrieking and howling by Sabalenka, which usually sends me reaching for the remote.

    A fantastic final, which I suspect the men will struggle to rival!



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,456 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    Is there any conceivable chance Tsitsipas actually wins the final? I think he's got the talent but not the mental strength to get over the line.

    Djoko leads the h2h 10-2 and won their last nine consecutive matches. Plus he's already beaten Tsistipas in a grand slam final, and in the most mentally damaging way possible. Even if Tsitsipas were to win the first two sets again the lingering doubt from RG21 would no doubt present itself. On the flip side, Tsitsipas is by far the toughest opposition Djoko has faced so far, but I dunno... this match feels like a formality.



  • Registered Users Posts: 490 ✭✭tiegan


    Oh I do hope so!! But you're right it does feel like a formality. Been the most disappointing men's grand slam ever - Djoko playing at another level compared to the rest of them, I feel somewhat guilty that I root for his oppo every chance I get🤔 - as someone mentioned earlier the two Murray matches were the standouts of the tournament for me.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 29,345 ✭✭✭✭HeidiHeidi


    Oh dear......

    This is not going to end well. And I fear it's going to end awfully quickly.



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