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Tennis 2010 Grand Slam Champions

Australian Open
Menís Champion: Roger Federer
Nationality: Switzerland
Born: 1981
Defeated: Andy Murray (6-3, 6-4, 7-6)

Roger Federer may not be considered the best player in the world anymore, but his performance in Melbourne this year proved just how physically and mentally tough he still is. Seeded first in the tournament, and already having three Australian Open titles behind him, Federer had fairly routine run to the final, dropping only two sets in the entire tournament. His comprehensive three-set victory over young Briton Andy Murray was an early warning sign that he was intent on staying number one in the world throughout 2010.

Womenís Champion: Serena Williams
Nationality: United States
Born: 1981
Defeated: Justine Henin (6-4, 3-6, 6-2)

Despite some unusual ranking decisions that saw her drop out of the world number one position for the majority of 2009, Serena Williams reaffirmed her position as one of the greatest female tennis players of this era win victory in Australia. She barely broke a sweat in her first four rounds, cruising to straight sets wins in each of them, but had to overcome a late fightback from Justine Henin to seal victory in the final. This was the younger Williams sisterís fifth Australian Open title.

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French Open
Menís Champion: Rafael Nadal
Nationality: Spain
Born: 1986
Defeated: Robin Soderling (6-4, 6-2, 6-4)

After overcoming an injury that kept him out for several months, Rafael Nadal returned to his impeccable form at his favorite tennis tournament. Known as the King of Clay, Rafa couldnít be stopped at Roland Garros this year, and Roger Federerís quarterfinal loss meant he would likely face Robin Soderling in an intense rematch. Without a nasty injury to hamper his gameplay, Nadal cruised to a straight sets victory over his Swedish opponent.

Womenís Champion: Francesca Schiavone
Nationality: Italy
Born: 1998
Defeated: Samantha Stosur (6-4, 7-6)

Francesca Schiavone was definitely an unexpected champion at the French Open this year, as she threw off the shackles of her 17th seeding and overcame much higher ranked opponents in the form of Na Li and Caroline Wozniacki. Granted, her progression from the semi-final ultimately came down to fifth-seed Elena Dementieva retiring immediately after the first set, but no-one can doubt that she thoroughly deserved to win the final. A commanding win over Australian Samantha Stosur guaranteed Schiavoneís name would forever be etched on the French Open trophy.

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Wimbledon Open
Menís Champion: Rafael Nadal
Nationality: Spain
Born: 1986
Defeated: Tomas Berdych (6-3, 7-5, 6-4)

With a Grand Slam already under his belt for 2010, Rafael Nadal was out to prove his critics wrong that said he couldnít win another Wimbledon title while Roger Federer was in the field. Thanks to some poor tennis from Federer, the two never ended up competing against one another, but Nadal still pulled out dominant performances against Robin Soderling, Andy Murray, and Tomas Berdych Ė of course that was after he avoided two five-set scares against relative unknowns in the opening rounds.

Womenís Champion: Serena Williams
Nationality: United States
Born: 1981
Defeated: Vera Zvonareva (6-3, 6-2)

An expectedly dismal performance at the 2010 French Open for Serena Williams meant that she had plenty to prove coming into Wimbledon as the defending champion. She shouldnít have worried though, as she claimed the title in an exceptionally low playing time. The American didnít drop a set throughout the entire tournament, and was only forced to play a tiebreaker on one occasion. Her final against Vera Zvonareva was over almost as soon as it had begun, with the world number one demolishing the 21st seed.

US Open
Menís Champion: Juan Martin del Potro
Nationality: Argentina
Born: 1988
Defeated: Roger Federer (3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2)

While his 2010 campaign has thus far been marred by injury, Juan Martin del Potro is a name to remember for the future. The 21-year-old Argentinean came off the back of a second-round elimination at Wimbledon to cruise through his first four rounds, dropping only a single set. His defeat of Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals was similarly easy, although few expected him to crush Rafael Nadal in straight sets just two days later. Nadal may have succumbed to injury during the 2009 US Open, but del Potro wasnít heading into the final to lose. A thrilling five-setter ensued, and the Argentine came back from a set down twice to beat reigning champion Roger Federer.

Womenís Champion: Kim Clijsters
Nationality: Belgium
Born: 1983
Defeated: Caroline Wozniacki (7-5, 6-3)

Kim Clijsters broke plenty of records on her way to claiming just her second Grand Slam title at the 2009 US Open. Coming back from a short retirement, Clijsters was the first unranked and wildcard entrant to ever win the tournament, and also the first mother to win a major for nearly three decades. Earning big wins over Na Li and both Williams sisters, Clijsters headed into the final against young Danish talent Caroline Wozniacki, but easily defeated her in straight sets.

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