Not to go Overboard but Consider the Following:
- Serena Williams won her first major in 1999 and dominated the second half of 2012 and all of 2013. Her Australian Open performance was at least pause in her domination.
- Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open winning streak, consecutive Grand Slam semifinal streak, and winning streak from Fall 2013 all ended in Australia.
- For only the second time since the 2005 Australian Open someone outside of the Big 4 won a Grand Slam singles title.
- Na Li won her second major title and now has reached 4 Grand Slam finals in her career virtually cementing a Hall of Fame bid.
- Andy Murray has failed to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the second time since winning Wimbledon 2013 and reaching 4 consecutive Grand Slam final rounds (not counting his skipping of Roland Garros 2013). Murray is also recovering from back surgery.
- Victoria Azarenka’s Australian Open winning streak was decisively snapped.
- Roger Federer does not look like his 2004-2007 self, but he does look better than his 2013 self.
- Grigor Dimitrov reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal and acquitted himself quite well.
In some senses, it would be hard to have less parity in tennis than has been experienced in recent years. It would be foolish to say that the dynasties have been overthrown. Still, I think anyone in either lockerroom on the outside looking in could take heart in Wawrinka and Li’s Australian Open titles.