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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 »


Can Anyone Outside The Top Two Seeds Win In Paris?

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The 2014 French Open is about to begin at Roland Garros in Paris and the question most tennis fans will be wanting answered is, can anyone other than the top two seeds in the men’s and women’s draw win the title on the Parisian clay? Rafael Nadal (No.1 seed) and Novak Djokovic (No.2 seed) are the talk of the men’s draw with the majority of tennis pundits predicting a final showdown between the two best players in the world on the last Sunday of the tournament, similarly the same could be said on the women’s side of things with Serena Williams (No.1 seed) and Li Na (No.2 seed) favoured to go deep into the tournament also.

Eight-time champion Nadal is still the favourite in most people’s mind with the King of Clay shooting for an amazing ninth title in Paris while Djokovic’s recent victory over the Spaniard in Rome has many predicting that the Serb is ready to join the career Grand Slam club in 2014, Serena is a raging hot favourite on the women’s side but the American is sometimes prone to injury and if she is unfortunate enough to falter because of that then the tournament could become wide open, Li Na is the only Grand Slam winner this season on the women’s side and the world No.2 can also boast a former French Open title to her credit as well.

So who are the likely contenders who can stop the top two seeds from taking all the spoils in Paris again this year, Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer, David Ferrer or Tomas Berdych perhaps in the men’s, or can one of the new breed more »


Wawrinka and Li Na Surprise Champs In Melbourne

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Stanislas Wawrinka and Li Na were hardly short-priced favourites to win their respective singles titles at the recent 2014 Australian Open in Melbourne, but win the titles they did, in what can only be considered a surprise result for most tennis fans, the top two seeds in the respective men’s and women’s events were the clear favourites coming into the tournament, with top seed Rafael Nadal and the second-seeded Novak Djokovic hogging all the headlines on the men’s side and Serena Williams (No.1) and Victoria Azarenka (No.2) the women’s, Li was already a previous Grand Slam champion (French Open 2011), so although her title run was unexpected, she was among the favoured contenders of the women outside the big two, Wawrinka’s title run however was totally unexpected and a refreshing shock right from the crisp clean air of the Swiss Alps itself.

Li wrote her own great story in Melbourne, after facing match point and elimination against the 26th seeded Czech Lucie Safarova in the third round, Madame Li then built strong momentum from the fourth round onwards to reach yet another Grand Slam final, after a nervous first set against shock first-time Grand Slam finalist Dominika Cibulkova from Slovakia, Li took control of the title match and deservedly secured her 2nd Grand Slam title in the last three years, the fact that neither Serena or Vika was in the championship decider was the biggest surprise of all though.

As much as China will be celebrating Li Na’s victory once ag more »


Stan The Man Makes His First Grand Slam Final

Friday, January 24th, 2014

All tennis fans are used to a certain Swiss player making the finals of the major events over the past decade or so, but the name of that player is of course the 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, not his compatriot and current world No.8 Stanislas Wawrinka, Stan the man continued his impressive run in Melbourne by ousting Czech Tomas Berdych in four sets in their Australian Open semi-final clash, the 28 year old native from Lausanne in Switzerland will now compete in his first ever Grand Slam final on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night.

Wawrinka has now cemented himself among the elite players in the world of tennis, with his exciting brand of tennis proving popular with the Melbourne faithful, he will now face one of the game’s greats in the championship decider on Sunday, but which of those two great players out of Federer and Rafael Nadal is yet to be determined, Stan will probably be secretly hoping it’s Roger that he faces in the first major title of 2014, because it will give him the chance to not only play his friend and fellow countryman, but also step out of Federer’s shadow and claim some Grand Slam glory of his own.

Wawrinka has already beaten tournament favourite and top seed Novak Djokovic along with Berdych who was also seeded above him, for Stan to win the title on Sunday, he will have to beat a third consecutive player seeded above him in these championships, it would cap off a remarkable month for Wawrinka if he was to achieve victory in more »