You should already know by now that one of our players to watch, Serena Williams, is the winner of the Women’s Australian Open Championships, cementing her position at the top of the WTA world rankings. This is her 6th Australian Open win and her 19th Grand Slam title. And at 33 years of age, she became the oldest winner of the Australian women’s title in the Open era, and is in outright second place on the list of major winners in the Open era behind only Steffi Graf’s 22.
There was another American player who passed under the radar because she was eliminated in the early round of singles. Bethanie Mattek-Sands with her partner Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic won the Australian Open women’s doubles title in their first tournament as doubles partners. What is even more amazing is Bethanie was out for six months last year while recovering from hip surgery and wasn’t sure she would be able to play in the tournament!
There was more history made during the two weeks of the tournament. Women made their presence known by coaching players who made it to the much coveted second week of play. Martina Navratilova is currently working with Agnieszka Radwanska who advanced to the 4th Round. Lindsay Davenport is the newest member of Madison Key’s coaching team. Madison made it all the way to the semi-finals after beating Venus Williams. And Amelie Mauresmo is coaching Andy Murray who was a finalist losing to Novak Djokovic. With this success at the first Grand Slam of the year, let’s hope there will be more women champions joining the coaching ranks. Looks like a sure bet!