Rohan Bopanna’s Historic Journey
In a remarkable display of skill and longevity, 43-year-old Rohan Bopanna is on the brink of becoming the oldest tennis world number one in doubles. Partnered with Matthew Ebden, they stormed into the Australian Open semi-finals after defeating the Argentine pair Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni. Bopanna, who turned professional in 2003, credits his physiotherapist and Iyengar yoga for this achievement. His inspiring journey includes becoming the oldest ATP Masters 1,000 champion last season.
Alfie Hewett’s Triumph in Wheelchair Singles
Eight-time Grand Slam singles winner Alfie Hewett showcased his prowess by advancing to the men’s wheelchair singles final at the Australian Open. Despite a valiant effort, his compatriot Gordon Reid faced disappointment in a close contest against Tokito Oda. Hewett’s victory sets the stage for a final showdown against Oda, whom he faced in previous Grand Slam finals in 2023, adding an extra layer of anticipation to his quest for title defense.
Aryna Sabalenka’s Commanding Performance
Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka dominated the women’s singles semi-final, defeating Coco Gauff 7-6 (7-2) 6-4. Her powerful play and a stellar tie-break performance secured her spot in the final. Sabalenka aims to make history by becoming the first woman to win back-to-back Australian Open titles since 2012-2013. Unbeaten in Melbourne this year and reaching her sixth consecutive major semi-final without dropping a set, Sabalenka’s journey exemplifies the essence of memorable moments at the Australian Open.