Last year witnessed some of the best sporting events, all of which were filled with a bag full of excitement and of course a huge amount of anticipation. While it would be hard to list down all of these events in a single article, I decided to point out a few that had everybody hooked on to their seats.
2014 Australian Open
The year started with Australian Open at the Melbourne Park on 13th January. Chinese Tennis ace Li Na went on to win the women’s singles title by defeating Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia. Lifting the men’s Grand Slam title was Swiss tennis star Stanislas Wawrinka by beating Rafael Nadal of Spain.
Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani succeeded in defending their women’s doubles title, with Robert Lindstedt and Lukasz Kubot winning the men’s doubles. Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic lifted the mixed doubles trophy.
FIFA 2014 World Cup, Brazil
Be Honest. You stayed up late night to watch the entire 90 minute game just because the excitement wasn’t letting you pick that remote, and why not? Every moment seemed to be unpredictable. The tournament was in fact a classic.
Germany’s 7-1 victory over hosts Brazil in the semi-finals definitely came in as a great shocker, at least for me. But, that wasn’t the end. The German’s decided to leave no stone unturned by beating Argentina 1-0 to lift the world cup.
Common Wealth Games 2014
Held in Glasgow, the games kicked off on 23rd July and ended on 3rd August last year. With over 4500 athletes participating from 71 countries, it was the largest multi-sport event held in Scotland.
Leading the charts with 58 Gold, 59 Silver and 57 Bronze medals was England, followed by Australia in the second spot with a total of 137 medals. The hosts secured the 4th place with 53 medals just below Canada with 82 in all.
Indian Premier League 7
IPL seemed to be the most talked-about cricketing event of 2014. The 7th season was jointly hosted by UAE and India. Kolkata Knight Riders knocked out Kings XI Punjab by 28 runs in the first qualifier to make it to the final.
However, Kings XI Punjab defeated Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifier only to face Kolkata Knight Riders once again in the finals. KKR defeated the Kings by 3 wickets to win their second IPL title.
The 128th Edition of the Championship was held on 23rd June. Novak Djokovic of Serbia won the men’s singles title, while lifting the women’s singles trophy was Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.
Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock were the winners of the Gentlemen’s Doubles title, with Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani being crowned as the Ladies’ Doubles champions.
Samantha Stosur and Nenad Zimonjic emerged as the Mixed Doubles winners.
2014 FA Cup
By equaling Manchester United’s record of 18 final appearances, Arsenal went on to win the 133rd Session of the FA Cup defeating Hull City 3-2.
In the opening 10 minutes of the game, Hull had already scored 2 goals, but that didn’t seem to be enough. Arsenal strongly pounced back in the game with goals from Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla, which leveled up the score. 4 minutes into the second half of the extra time, Aaron Ramsey gave Arsenal the much needed lead scoring the winning goal.
Excitement, rivalry, revenge, sporting spirit, 2014 witnessed it all. And with young guns making it to the spotlight, games were in fact turning out to be more interesting.
Not to forget, we also lost some great sporting personalities, which was truly heart breaking. On November 27, 2014 the world said good bye to Phillip Hughes, one of the best cricketers of Australia. The young Aussie was struck in the neck by a bouncer while he was batting on 63. Cricket Australia decided to retire Phillip’s ODI shirt number 64 in remembrance of him.