As the Australian Open reaches further into the finals, we’ve had plenty of upsets, underdog winners and glimpses into the future of tennis. The spirit of the game is alive with the first major event of the calendar, showing why Australian Open is the highest attended Grand Slam in the world, and the biggest sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere.
Current world #7 Karolina Pliskova faced off against 23-time major champion Serena Williams in a game defined by turning points and perseverance, as Pliskova clutched on to win the match 6-4 4-6 7-5. And by no means was this a guaranteed victory, chasing a potential defeat in the third set to Williams by 5-1.
“I didn’t have many chances in the third set set, I was a bit mentally down,” Pliskova explains. “Then suddenly I got a chance too. That’s how it is in tennis. You need luck, of course, because this is I think not happening often, maybe once in life.
Nevertheless, Pliskova grasped onto the little chances she had and powered through the mental barriers, winning six out of the next eight games to claim victory. It was an incredibly unlikely outcome but the perseverance of Pliskova to overcome the legendary Williams proves why she is the player to watch in her first Australian Open semifinals.
On day 10 of the Australian Open, fans were delighted to the post-britpop melodies of local three-piece DMAs, supported by electronic-laced pop rhythms of Jack River, reminding crowds that Australian Open is much more than just tennis, it’s a celebration of Australian arts and culture.
If you are still on the fence about whether to grab a ticket, you don’t need to be a sports fan to enjoy all that Aus Open has to offer. Enjoy the multitude of bars stocked with Canadian Club, Aperol and Coopers, sip upon an espresso at Lavatta’s, or hit up the food trucks serving Mexican, Greek, burgers, pizza and many more. Get on down to the Aus Open before it ends on 27th January.