Angelique Kerber won the Australian Open Women’s Singles title today 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in a hard-fought match between two big hitters in the women’s game. While it’s not as though Kerber is some young gun ready to step into the limelight and take the mantle of “best in the world” from Serena, any loss for Williams is a good thing for tennis.
The Serena Slam was in her grasp and then she played the reluctant Italian (Roberta Vinci) and Williams lost it all in a split second. No one saw that coming. It still doesn’t make sense. But it was just another reason to tune into the sport of tennis for people that don’t normally pay attention.
The Aussie Open is traditionally a random assortment of players that make it to the later rounds as not everyone is injury-free or in playing shape quite yet. This makes it tough to expect the same results going forward, but Kerber has been a Top 10 player for a while and has the game to take it up a notch. While she is an older 28, she’s hardly anonymous like ESPN suggests (because they have people like Chris Fowler calling matches, idiots).
Having parity and depth is something the women’s game as had in recent years even though you only generally see Serena winning (when healthy). It’s something the men’s game has been in desperate need of and will need even more as Federer, Nadal, and even Djokovic slow down,