January 28, 2022
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Women’s Aus Open Final
World No. 1, Ash Barty of Australia, and No. 30 Danielle Collins of the United States will meet in the finals of the Australian Open today. Ash Barty started the season strong and became the first local to reach the Australian Open women’s final in 42 years, previously accomplished by Wendy Turnbull in 1980. Danielle Collins is on an 11 match winning streak and guaranteed a top 10 debut next week. Both had convincing wins to reach the finals, and there’s plenty of pressure on Barty, who’s the favorite, so it should be a fun match.
2.) Kyrgios & Kokkinakis
Local wildcards Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have reached the doubles final at the Australian Open, a first for both of them. During their semi-final match, the crowd was packed and brought tons of energy, making for some entertaining tennis. Now, they’ll face fellow Aussies Mathew Ebden and Max Purcell in the finals, which will undoubtedly be another fun match to watch.
3.) Raising a Champion
Tennis Majors produced a short series called Raising a Champion, which goes behind the scenes with the parents of up-and-coming players. As of now, there are three episodes, the first of which covered CoCo Gauff’s parents, Corey and Candi. I hadn’t watched them before, and although they’re not new, I found them interesting, especially for parents raising competitive athletes.
4.) 2 Juniors Make History
Teenagers Meshkatolzahra Safi of Iran and Angella Okutoyi of Kenya became the first female tennis players from their countries to win a junior Grand Slam match. Two historic milestones that will likely help inspire the next generation of players from home.
Two historic milestones in the #AusOpen juniors today:
🇮🇷 Meshkatolzahra Safi became the 1st girl from Iran to win a Grand Slam juniors match.
🇰🇪 Angella Okutoyi became the 1st girl from Kenya to win a Grand Slam juniors match. pic.twitter.com/8gQhcG5Yb3
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) January 23, 2022
5.) Point of the Year?
If you have a few minutes, the five-set quarterfinal match highlights between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Daniil Medvedev are well worth a replay. However, a point that stood out was at 4-4 in the first set – it’s excellent and one that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
If you have a moment, I’d love to hear your feedback. Which topic is your favorite? What would you like to see more or less of each week?
Share your thoughts in the comments below and have a great weekend.