Jan 15, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
The first Grand Slam of 2012 kicks off tomorrow. Last year was one of the most exciting in tennis history, and things could possibly be even better this year. With so many stories going into this slam, who are your picks to make history and win it all?
My pick on the men's side is the defending champion Novak Djokovic. I might be a little biased since Novak is my favorite player (and crush lol), but until beaten he has be to considered the favorite. As the number one player in the world, holder of 3 of the last 4 slams, and having beaten Federer/Nadal numerous times last year, Novak has a good chance to defend his title.
My second choice is Andy Murray. I feel that Andy will find inspiration from Djokovic's 2011 season and surprise everyone this year. Before last year, the only names you heard going into slams were Federer and Nadal. Djokovic showed that it was possible to break through, and I believe that this could be the year that Andy Murray finally does it.
I'm picking Serena Williams to win this years Aussie Open. The 5-time Champion did not play after her loss in the US Open final and comes into the year fresh. I think she wants to prove that she's still the best female player after a disappointing end to the last slam. Also, she has a pretty good draw.
My second pick is Maria Sharapova. She's a little under the radar with Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters coming back, young guns Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka showing promise, and Caroline Wozniacki being world number one. If she can make it past early threats, she could make a run and stun everyone.