2012 Australian Open Update

Serena Williams got her 500th career victory. Her very first victory was in 1997, fifteen years ago. She’s catching up to Venus, her older sister, who has 598 career wins.

Here’s our Down Under Wrap Up so far…

Defending champ Novak Djokovic won another round.

Sharapova is continuing to dominate. And, former world number one, Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, is advancing as well.

Andy Roddick had to retire due to a hamstring tendon injury. He was supposed to play mixed double with Serena Williams, his hamstring injury means that is no longer an option. The two were planning on playing together to prepare for this summer’s London Olympics.

As we enter the third round, today promises to be a huge one! Nadal, Federer, Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki are all playing separate matches today.

Australian Open Men’s Tennis Update

First Round Winners

The Australian Open has been quite a treat: both Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal played on the opening day.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal sailed into round two, even with Nadal suffering from a bad knee. However, only one of these two can make it to the final. For the first time since the 2005 French Open, both Nadal and Federer are on the same side of the draw.

Of course the big news was the public lashing that Nadal gave Federer. Nadal wants more breaks in the schedule for players, and he’s been backing former Wimbledon champ Richard Krajicek to be the next head of the men’s tour. Federer doesn’t agree with either. That probably would’ve been okay if Nadal hadn’t aired his grievances in public. However, he apologized and things seem to be back to normal, whatever that is.

A confident (and cocky) Djokovic wore tennis shoes covered with pics of his three trophies and the Serbian flag. He also won his first round.

Andy Roddick won his first round match defeating Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Mardy Fish also advanced.

By the way, temperatures are reaching 91 degrees Fahrenheit in Australia!