The 2008 Australian Open tennis tournament started yesterday, and there has already been an interesting match. I was lucky enough to have a chance to see it live on television despite it being near the end of the final set. The fixture which I am talking about was between Tamira Paszek, an unseeded player from Austria, and the Serbian no. 3 seed Jelena Jankovic. The latter managed to survive the gruelling task by winning the first round 2-6 6-2 12-10 in the Australian heat, according to the Australian Open’s official website. More details of the story can be found via the link.
I really enjoyed watching these two women battling against each other as it was such an unpredictable competition. In spite of her experience, Jelena could not manage to close her beginning round in two sets. On the contrary, she was almost defeated by the young Austrian who deserved equal credit. In the end, the Serbian managed to hold her nerve and fight back to win the first match.
I have to complain about one thing, though. The TV channel broadcasting the game prematurely decided to turn its attention elsewhere by showing the battle between Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before the fight between the two women had ended. It was absolutely aggravating.