Evonne Goolagong Cawley led the way as Australia hailed its new Grand Slam tennis champion Ash Barty on Sunday after the proudly indigenous 23-year-old ended the country’s 46-year wait for a French Open women’s singles champion.
Roger Federer counted himself as an ‘outsider’ for the French Open title this year and said he is not merely trying to temper expectations on his return to the clay court Grand Slam following a four-year absence.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer loom over Melbourne Park for the year’s opening Grand Slam as favorites for the Australian Open as questions remain as to whether one of Generation Next could finally end their stranglehold.
For Novak Djokovic, a season that got off to a gloomy start is heading for a brilliant finish after he dismissed Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3 to win the US Open on Sunday and earn back-to-back Grand Slam titles.
Maria Sharapova proved she will be someone to contend with for the US Open crown after the Russian wild card outlasted second seed Simona Halep 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Monday to get the year’s final Grand Slam off to an electrifying start.