Agassi bows out

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

The 2004 Aus­tralian Open grand slam tour­na­ment was in Mel­bourne from Jan­uary 19 to Fe­bru­ary 1. Le­gend An­dre Agassi was un­suc­cess­ful in de­fend­ing his 2003 ti­tle, when he went down in the semi-fi­nals to Rus­sian Marat Safin. This loss ended a 26-match win­ning streak for Agassi at the Aus­tralian Open, hav­ing won in 2000, 2001 and 2003, miss­ing 2002 through in­jury. Roger Fed­erer won his very first Aus­tralian Open ti­tle in 2004, de­feat­ing Safin in the grand fi­nal 7-6, 6-4, 6-2. Ser­ena Wil­liams was un­able to de­fend her 2003 ti­tle af­ter with­draw­ing from the tour­na­ment due to a knee in­jury, leav­ing the fi­nal open to Bel­gian’s Jus­tine Henin-Har­denne and Kim Cli­jsters to bat­tle it out for the ti­tle. Henin-Har­denne proved just a lit­tle too strong for Cli­jsters tak­ing the win 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, mak­ing it her first and only Aus­tralian open ti­tle. The Aussies didn’t fair well in the 2004 Open, with only a dou­ble pair in the ju­nior boys mak­ing it to the fi­nal, who were later beaten by the Amer­i­cans. Fed­erer be­came the first Swiss male player to win the Aus­tralian Open sin­gles ti­tle. Henin-Har­denne be­came the first Bel­gian player (male or fe­male) to win the Aus­tralian Open sin­gles ti­tle.

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