BY CHRIS DINSDALE
February 8, 2021 – February 21, 2021 – The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, takes place in Melbourne.
With the emergence of fresh talent in 2020 — and two maiden Grand Slam champions — the new women’s tennis season is full of potential. Seven of the last eight major titles have been won by players aged 24 or younger.
World No.1 Ashleigh Barty aims to become the first Australian woman to win her home Grand Slam since 1978, following her semi-final defeat to eventual champion Sofia Kenin last year.
Simona Halep celebrates seven successive years as a Top 10 player, as the tenacious talent looks to add more silverware to titles at Roland Garros (2018) and Wimbledon (2019) in 2021. While three-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka aims to add consistency to her game with a string of early exits interspersed between notable triumphs.