Archive for June, 2014


Serena Fails To Reach Quarter-Finals Again In 2014

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

The first week of The Championships at Wimbledon 2014 is now behind us, only a handful of third round matches are still to be completed as the traditional Sunday lay day takes place before week two kicks into overdrive on Monday, the biggest talking point at the end of week one is undoubtedly the shock exit of the women’s favourite and No. 1 seed Serena Williams, the five-time former Wimbledon champ was ousted in the third round by the French woman Alize Cornet in three sets, what made the result even more astounding was the fact that Williams won the first set 6-1, Serena’s surprise exit means that the world No.1 has failed to reach the quarter-finals of any Grand Slam in 2014.

Serena seemed to suffer from the pressure of again being the hot favourite for the title at SW19, every player that plays against Williams seems to lift their game against her which means the top ranked woman in the world must play at a consistently high level to achieve success at the majors, Cornet had already beaten Williams in Dubai earlier this season but usually when Serena loses unexpectedly to any player on tour that motivates her to seek revenge at her next opportunity, the fact she failed to deliver on this occasion left most people absolutely gobsmacked, all but Cornet that is.

There have been other upsets as well in week one at SW19, but none as big as seeing the world’s best female player sent packing from the tournament, women’s 2nd seed Li Na was also sent spiralling out of the more »


Plenty Of Contenders At Wimbledon 2014

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

The Championships at Wimbledon in 2014 are about to get underway in London, England and this year it seems there is plenty of contenders in both the men’s and women’s singles championships, the men’s big four of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer are all previous champions at SW19 and they all have strong credentials which see them as favoured contenders for a title run again this season, add to that the likes of former finalist Tomas Berdych, Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka, young up and comers Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori along with the unpredictable Ernests Gulbis and there are plenty of potential storylines in the men’s championship in 2014.

The women’s championship will again have Serena Williams as the favourite but the world No.1 is yet to make it to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam event this season, we will soon find out whether the five-time former champion will be motivated to go all the way again in London and claim her sixth Wimbledon crown, there will be plenty of ladies lining up to challenge Serena this year, especially after her early defeat at the French Open to Garbine Muguruza, Roland Garros champ Maria Sharapova will be eager to try and go back to back, Li Na will be hoping for a form reversal after her disappointing French Open exit, new world No.3 Simona Halep will be keen to build on her fine runner-up finish at Roland Garros while former champ Petra Kvitova and the 2012 finalist Agnieszka Radwanska more »


Nadal Continues To Reign At Roland Garros

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Rafael Nadal left no question about who the King of Clay is at the conclusion of the 2014 French Open in Paris, Rafa may have dropped the first set to rival Novak Djokovic in the men’s championship decider, but he stormed back to win the next three sets and the Roland Garros title for an amazing 9th time, the Spaniard’s reign in the city of love continues and after such a strong performance it would be a brave person to predict that Nadal will not win it again in the future, if Rafa stays fit and healthy there is no reason why the Spaniard can’t reach double digits in Paris.

Rafa has now equalled Pete Sampras on 14 Grand Slam titles and is now only three away from equalling his great career rival Roger Federer on 17, the on-going debate about who is the GOAT will continue no doubt until both men have hung up their racquet but there is certainly no doubt whatsoever about who the GOAT is when it comes to clay court tennis, Nadal’s success on the red dirt is simply remarkable and he is reaching milestones which may never be broken, whether we will ever see the type of dominance on clay that Nadal has displayed over the years is highly unlikely, as of right now though, the Spaniard continues to reign supreme at Roland Garros.

The women’s championship decider was a highly entertaining battle between Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep, the Russian ended up claiming her second French Open title in three sets but not before a stirring fight from the Romanian Halep, Maria’s fighti more »


Final Four To Battle It Out In Paris

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

So, we are down to the final four players in the respective men’s and women’s championship at Roland Garros 2014 in Paris, the top two men’s seeds Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic remain on a collision course to meet in the men’s decider on Sunday but standing in the way of that showdown is Andy Murray and Ernests Gulbis respectively, in the women’s event it appears that former champion Maria Sharapova and, the highest remaining women’s seed, Simona Halep (No.4 seed) are also on a collision course to meet in their championship decider, standing in the way of that happening is the young Canadian Eugenie Bouchard and the resurgent German Andrea Petkovic respectively.

It will be the women’s turn first to determine who will advance to Saturday’s title match against one another, Sharapova is the only former Grand Slam champion left in the women’s draw and she must start favourite against Bouchard in the first semi-final on Chatrier, meanwhile Halep and Petkovic will then square off to decide who will make their first ever major championship final, the women’s draw has seen numerous upsets in Paris this year, will Maria also fall victim and give either Bouchard, Halep or Petkovic a chance for Grand Slam glory, only time will tell as we look forward to two intriguing semi-finals I the women’s section.

The day after we know who the women’s finalist’s are, we will all look forward with great anticipation to the two men’s semifinal’s between Nadal and Murray and Djokovic and G more »


Roland Garros Turning Into The Women’s Seed Killer

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

The 2014 edition of the French Open at Roland Garros continues to see an exodus of seeded players from the main draw in both the men’s and women’s championship, week one has seen numerous upsets occur, particularly in the women’s event where half of the top eight seeds have failed to reach the fourth round, what is startling about that fact is that the world’s top three ranked players, Serena Williams, Li Na and Agnieska Radwanska, have all been beaten prior to the round of 16, the first time since 1978 that the women’s top three seeds have failed to reach the fourth round, Stan Wawrinka (No.3 seed) was the main casualty in the men’s draw in week one although the early upset of the Japanese 9th seed Kei Nishikori by the Slovak Martin Klizan was also a big surprise.

But the women’s championship has been the main talking point when it comes to upsets in Paris this year, only seven of the top 16 seeds have progressed to the fourth round at Roland Garros in 2014 and out of the sixteen women still in contention only three are former Grand Slam champions, two of those being Maria Sharapova (8th seed) and Aussie Samantha Stosur (18th seed) who square off against one another in the fourth round, the other previous major champion is Russian 27th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova who was a former French Open champion back in 2009, the highest remaining seeds in the women’s draw are the 4th seeded Romanian Simona Halep and the 2008 US Open finalist Jelena Jankovic, if either Sharapova or more »