Monday, January 19, 2015
2015 Williams Watch-Australian Open 2015 Starts
With the first Grand Slam of the 2015 tennis season about to start Down Under, it's time for another year of Williams Watch posts.
In addition to Serena chasing history and trying to win her 19th career Grand Slam tournament, she's trying to win her sixth Australian Open and her first since 2010.
But before the number one overall seeded Little Sis even takes the court against Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck, she will make tennis history.
She will become only the fourth player in the WTA rankings era to hold the Number 1 spot for at least 100 weeks. She joins Chris Evert (113 straight weeks from May 10, 1976 to July 9, 1978), Martina Navratilova (156 straight weeks from June 14, 1982 to June 9, 1985) and Steffi Graf (186 straight weeks from August 17, 1987 to March 10, 1991) as the only players accomplishing that rare feat.
Serena has held the Number One ranking since February 13, 2013 and is guaranteed a 101st week through the second week of the Australian Open. How long she holds that ranking beyond February 1 depends on how well she plays in this tournament.
Should she get through her opening round match, she would take on the winner of the Vera Zvonareva - Oris Jabeur match
Big Sis is here in Melbourne as well. She's seeded 18th in this tournament, and she takes on Spain's Maria Torr-Flor inn her opening round match. She would take on the winner of the Lauren Davis - Aleksandra Krunic match if she survives the opening round tilt.
They are also entered in the Australian Open doubles, and it will be interesting to see if they walk away with their first Australian Open doubles title since 2010.
Here's hoping you both have long successful runs in this 2015 edition of the Australian Open.