There was no doubt who was ruling the doubles courts at this year's Austrlian Open, it was the Americans. Proving once again that the United States produces the best players in the world in that game, Americans took home the titles in men's, women's and girls doubles.
The numbers are just amazing as the Brothers Bryan continue to chase the "Woodies" title record. Bob and Mike's third Australian Open crown came after a 2-6,7-5,6-0 victory in the finals over Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles. It was the Bryans seventh Grand Slam event title (Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde ended their career with eleven majors) and ATP title No. 51.
It was yet another pair of famous siblings who took the women's doubles event. Serena and Venus Williams won their eighth Grand Slam doubles title, defeating Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama, 6-3,6-3 in the final. It was a third Australian Open for the Williams Sisters, who won the Olympic Gold last year in Beijing. The celebration was short, though, because Serena still had a final to play, where she also won the singles over Dinara Safina, 6-0,6-3.
For a long while, American juniors ruled the doubles court at Grand Slam junior events. There was a bit of a slow down in the last two years, but a 16 year old from New Jersey started off 2009 by reversing that trend. Christina McHale had won a wildcard tournament that gave her entry into the women's singles event. Though she had a disappointing loss in the first round of that event and in the girls singles, Christina didn't give up. She teamed with Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic to take the girls doubles trophy. The two, who know each other from the USTA Boca Training Facility, located at the Chris Evert Training Center where Ajla lives, had never played together before. Their final victory was a hard-fought 6-1,2-6,1-0(10/4).
By Marcia Frost
Published by Mansion Grove House
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