Australian Open 2013: Showcasing Most Impressive Performances Thus Far

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIJanuary 22, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22:  Maria Sharapova of Russia serves in her Quarterfinal match against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during day nine of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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There haven’t been too many surprises at the 2013 Australian Open. All of the world’s biggest names are still around and are preparing for an exciting finish at Melbourne Park.

But who of those big names is cruising and dominating on his or her way to the trophy?

Let’s take a look at some of the names who have really stood out thus far down under.


Roger Federer

Roger Federer has always been a dominant server. But, he has not always been among the best in terms of avoiding being broken on his serve.

That has changed for the 31-year-old in Melbourne.

Through four rounds, his opponents have failed to break his serve even one time. That’s a testament to how masterful FedEx has been on the courts this year.


Maria Sharapova

Last year, Sharapova lost an Aussie Open finals matchup against Open winner Victoria Azarenka. This year she will take on newcomer Li Na of China for a chance to potentially get her rematch. Na hasn’t cruised to the semis like Sharapova has.

Mike Dickson of The Daily Mail said that no one has ever reached the final four of the women’s singles as easily as Sharapova has done it. She has lost just nine games throughout the entire tournament, to this point.

She’s doing it in record, time, too. Sharapova has spent just 315 minutes on the court after five matches. That’s a significantly less number than the 788 minutes it took male star Novak Djokovic, according to Dickson.


Svetlana Kuznetsova

Svetlana Kuznetsova scored a big upset in a three-set win over former world No. 1 star Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round.

The Australian Open was relatively easy for the unseeded Russian contender. Unfortunately, her impressive run has come to an end in the quarterfinals, as she has been dispatched by No. 1 seed Azarenka, 7-5, 6-1.


Serena Williams 

Despite suffering an ankle injury in her opening-round match, the 15-time champion is in rare form as she gets closer to the Australian Open finals. Through four rounds, she’s lost just eight games and looks unstoppable on the court.

She finished Maria Kirilenko—her last challenge—in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. The match took less than an hour and exhibited the rare form that the American has been showing recently.