There are two new names on the Australian Open singles trophies this year after Stanislas Wawrinka won his first Grand Slam title beating Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final yesterday and Li Na won her second Grand Slam title in Melbourne on Saturday.
Wawrinka defeated an injury-hit Nadal who was suffering with a back problem, in four sets 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and became the second Swiss male player to win a Grand Slam singles title after his countryman Roger Federer, who has seventeen Grand Salm victories to his name to date. Wawrinka’s victory makes him the first man to beat both the number one and two seeds (Novak Djokovic) at a Grand Slam since the French Open in 1993 where Pete Sampras and Jim Courier were both knocked out by Sergi Bruguera.
Wawrinka said on the bbc sport website “I still think that I’m dreaming,” said Wawrinka. “It’s a strange feeling. I saw so many finals. I always try to watch the finals of Grand Slams because that’s where the best players are playing.” He added “Before today, for me it wasn’t a dream. I never expected to play a final. I never expected to win a Grand Slam. And right now I just did it.” Nadal, who revealed he felt the back problem in the warm-up, said: “It is a tournament that I really had some troubles physically in my career and is something that is painful for me”
Wawrinka will now move up to third in the world rankings today, ahead of David Ferrer and British number one Andy Murray
Fourth seed Li from China beat Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 in the final held on Saturday at the Rod Laver Arena. This was her first Australian Open title but her second Grand Slam victory after winning the French Open in 2011.
Poland’s Luskasz and Partner Robert Lindstedt from Sweden were crowned Mens Doubles champions after beating Eric Butorac (USA)/Raven Klaasen (RSA) 6-3, 6-3 in the final. The Womens Doubles title was won by Italian pairing Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci who defeated Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) and partner Daniel Nestor (CAN) beat India’s Sania Mirza/Horia Tecau from Romania 6-3, 6-2 to win the Mixed Doubles title.
The tournament is over, the Rod Laver Stadium empty ….until next year (source: http://www.ausopen.com)