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Kvitova & Osaka Clash For No.1 Status

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

The 2019 Australian Open women’s singles championship final will be played on Saturday evening in Melbourne, Australia between Czech Petra Kvitova and Japan’s Naomi Osaka, the respective players will not only be playing for the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup, the eventual champion will also be crowned the new WTA women’s world No.1.

Kvitova has been totally dominant over the past fortnight in Melbourne, making her way through the draw and into the final without dropping a set, Osaka has had to battle a little bit harder to make the big dance, but the 21 year old from Osaka in Japan is through to her second consecutive Grand Slam final and she will be looking to go back to back after her amazing win in New York last year at the US Open against Serena Williams.

Both women have tasted Grand Slam success previously with Osaka winning the 2018 US Open at Flushing Meadows and Kvitova being a two-time former Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014 respectively, both ladies have experienced the feeling of being involved in a Grand Slam decider before and both women also currently hold perfect records when they reach a major final, however that is all about to change this weekend for one of them.

If the tension of a Grand Slam singles final is not enough, the extra pressure of becoming world No.1 with a win on Saturday may see one or maybe both players portraying a few more nerves than normal, Kvitova and Osaka like to hit the ball hard and play to their strengths, if both players a more »

 

Is The Next Generation Finally Upon Us?

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

What an incredible first week of tennis at the 2019 Australian Open in Melbourne, as always, with players refreshed from the off season, we have seen some fantastic matches played and some very tension filled clashes over the first seven days, none more so however than last night’s men’s fourth round clash between defending champion Roger Federer and the young Greek superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 20 year old Tsitsipas played tennis beyond his years as he took down the six-time AO champ in four high quality sets of tennis, with Alexander Zverev’s recent success at the end of season ATP World Tour Finals and the success of other young players in Melbourne like Frances Tiafoe, Daniil Medvedev, Alex De Minaur and Borna Coric, have the Next Generation of tennis players finally arrived?

Tsitsipas won the end of season ATP Next Gen Finals in 2018, but after his stunning upset of Federer on Rod Laver Arena last night, the Greek right hander has announced his arrival on the main stage of tennis, the changing of the guard and the end of the big three of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer has been talked about for years, however it seemed like the conversation always ended the same way, the young up and coming players are good but not quite ready to take over yet, that is maybe until now or indeed sometime in 2019, I am sure the big three of Novak, Rafa and Fed aren’t quite finished just yet, but it may well be that the future of the sport is now upon us.

The ATP have done their best more »

 

Nadal & Halep Confirm Top Status In Paris

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

The respective men’s and women’s world No.1 ranked players confirmed their status at the top of their chosen sport by winning the men’s singles and women’s singles championship respectively at the conclusion of the French Open in Paris, the King of clay Rafael Nadal won an unprecedented 11th Roland Garros title in another awesome display, while Halep notched up her very first Grand Slam singles crown with an impressive performance in the women’s final.

Rafa was simply outstanding once again on the red dirt in Paris defeating the young Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets, if he can remain fully fit and focused, it is difficult to see how anyone is going to beat the Spaniard at his home away from home on the terre battue, Nadal’s record at RG is currently an amazing 86-2 and it seems inevitable that, barring injury, he will add to that total in the years ahead, Halep on the other hand is maybe only just getting started on a dynasty of her own, she fought back well to topple American Sloane Stephens in three sets and if the Romanian ends up winning even a quarter of the RG titles that Rafa has already won I think Simona would take that.

It is certainly no accident that Nadal and Halep are currently Roland Garros champions and also ranked No.1 on the respective ATP and WTA rankings system, both players are very consistent at the big events and both have already mentioned that court Philippe-Chatrier is their favourite court of them all, it will be interesting to see how more »

 

Halep Looks Ready To Win Her Maiden Grand Slam

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Women’s world No.1 Simona Halep looks ready and poised to finally break her Grand Slam drought in Paris in the final of the women’s singles at the 2018 French Open, however she will have to overcome not only her nerves, but also an in-form and current US Open champion Sloane Stephens to do so, Halep has been to the final at Roland Garros on two separate occasions, losing last year to Jelena Ostapenko in three sets and in 2014 to Maria Sharapova, also in three sets, will this be third time lucky at RG for the popular Romanian?

Her American opponent Stephens has been in sublime form in Paris over the past fortnight and she will be keen to repeat her triumph from New York last year, another major win for Sloane would see her crowned a multiple Grand Slam champion at the age of 25, another Grand Slam final loss for Halep would see the 26 year old Romanian go to 0 from 4 in major championship decider’s, has Simona learnt from her previous disappointments and will she finally claim her first major singles title, or will Stephens simply play the better tennis and win her second major title from the past three Grand Slam events?

The women’s final should be an enthralling contest with Halep’s court coverage and ability to stay in the point versus Stephens power and willingness to go for her shots, Halep will clearly start the final as the favourite, but if Stephens gets on a roll or Simona feels a touch of the jitters, which she has been prone to in the past, we could see a very more »

 

Cecchinato Surprise Packet of RG 2018

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

The French Open at Roland Garros is infamous for producing surprise names going deep in the respective men’s and women’s singles draw each year, the 2018 version of RG is continuing that trend with the unseeded world No.72 Marco Cecchinato reaching the last four in a Grand Slam for the first time ever, in fact prior to the 2018 Roland Garros tournament commencing, the 25 year old Italian was 0 from 4 at his previous attempts in major events.

Cecchinato shocked former world No.1 Novak Djokovic in four sets to make his way into the semi-finals in Paris and he will now take on the Austrian clay court specialist Dominic Thiem for an unprecedented shot at a Grand Slam final, Cecchinato might well be dreaming about following in the footsteps of the unseeded Argentine Gaston Gaudio who won the title in 2004 over his compatriot Guillermo Coria in five sets, however with Thiem and the likelihood of Rafael Nadal still in the draw though, that prospect still seems a long way off.

It was only last year that we saw Jelena Ostapenko win the women’s championship as an unseeded player, that title was Ostapenko’s first ever tournament win at the time, the French Open certainly continues to spring the surprises on us when it comes to the world of tennis, there have been surprises among the women’s draw again this year too, particularly in the bottom half of the draw, however nothing of the same magnitude as Ostapenko’s magic run in 2017.

In the men’s singles however, if Cecchinato was more »

 
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