Serena Williams, winning the 2005 semi-final against Maria Sharapova 2-6, 7-5, 8-6.
This image highlights the spontaneity of a match point, and also the difficulty of trying to be in the right spot.
At Flinders Park (Melbourne Park) way up in the roof cavity, it is extremely hot, no water is allowed, and every item of gear has to be attached to you in case something drops. Serena went on to defeat Lindsay Davenport in the final and only celebrated by falling to her knees.
John French joined The Age newspaper as a 19 year old cadet in 1969. He completed a four year cadetship and went on covering all types of major assignments; including the Australian Open tennis, the Australian Football League (AFL), a couple of Commonwealth Games, and a United Nations Middle East trip including Egypt. In 1979, John became pictorial coordinator / deputy picture editor, and in 1984 the photographic manager. He survived The Age until the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and then on to News Limited's suburban group Leader as a group Pictorial Editor, with 41 photographers. John retired to the Gold Coast, Queensland in 2012.