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Serena Shooting For GS No.18

Friday, September 5th, 2014

World No. 1 Serena Williams will finally get a chance to notch up Grand Slam title No.18 in New York on Sunday when she faces her good friend and tournament tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki in the women’s championship decider, both players have been in fine form throughout these Championships and they will square off for the tenth time in their respective careers to see who will claim the title of US Open champion, Serena currently holds a lopsided 8-1 head to head record over Caroline but the two matches they have played against each other this year indicate that the final could be anything but one-sided, Williams came back from first set deficit’s against Wozniacki recently in both the Montreal and Cincinnati events so the final could be poised for another three-setter perhaps.

Serena will want to continue to write her name into the history books while Caro will be keen to put the focus on her private life behind her completely by claiming her first Grand Slam title, the added intrigue in this match is that both women are good friends off the court, Williams pledged her help and friendship to Wozniacki throughout the much publicised relationship break-up between the Dane and golfer Rory McIlroy earlier this year, somehow I don’t think either women will be thinking of helping the other when they take the court in the Championship decider on Sunday, friendship will be parked while they battle for Grand Slam glory.

So, who is your pick for the title and why? Is it merely a  more »


New Breed Of Talent Is On The Horizon

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

The new breed of tennis talent appears to now be on the horizon, ready to push on in 2015 and announce themselves fully on the respective ATP and WTA World Tours, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori have all made great strides this season with Raonic and Dimitrov both claiming semi-final spots at Wimbledon earlier in the year, Nishikori now has a chance to make the last four at Flushing Meadows against Stan Wawrinka while the new breed of women have also announced their arrival on the scene.

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard made the Wimbledon final this year at the tender age of 20 and in New York we have seen 21 year old Serbian Aleksandra Krunic and 17 year old Swiss Belinda Bencic reach the round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively, it remains to be seen whether the above-named players can push on to grab their own piece of Grand Slam glory in the future but they have at least announced themselves as future possible contenders.

As tennis fans, we have been blessed throughout the past decade to enjoy the numerous champions of our sport, the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have been dominant in the men’s events for what seems like a very long time, and the women’s major events have often been the playground of Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Petra Kvitova.

Season 2015 could finally see a changing of the guard but it probably won’t happen all at once I’m guessing, look for the status quo to more »


Novak & Serena Favoured Yet Again In New York

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are the bookies favourites to once again lift their respective trophies after two week’s of exciting tennis action at the US Open in New York, that should hardly be a surprise however as both players are ranked No.1 in the world and have always enjoyed their share of success at Flushing Meadows, their respective build up prior to the US Open however reads a little different, Novak is coming into New York short of match play after dipping out in Toronto and Cincinnati on his favoured hard court surface, while Serena is heading into the Open full of confidence after winning hard court titles in Stanford and Cincinnati respectively in the past month.

The hottest player on the men’s tour right now is the 18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer who reached the final in Toronto (lost to Tsonga) and then backed that good week up with a title run in Cincinnati the following week, the Swiss maestro seems to be fit and healthy and playing some of his best tennis for some time, with a favourable looking draw some would argue that Roger is in fact the favourite in the men’s championship at Queens over the next two weeks, Serena is the clear favourite in the women’s singles once again but the 32 year old 17-time Grand Slam champ has been the favourite at all three majors this year and failed to deliver.

Most tennis pundits are predicting a Novak v Roger finale in the men already and most of those people are also predicting Serena to be shooting f more »


Rafa And Serena Claim Tennis Royalty In Queens

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

The 2013 US Open is now over for another year and Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York has crowned it’s champions for another season, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams ended the championships as the respective King and Queen in New York and it’s hard to argue against the fact that both champions were deserved winners, Rafa played superbly throughout the tournament and when challenged strongly by Djokovic in the men’s final the Spaniard somehow found a way to overcome adversity to win his 13th Grand Slam title, Williams looked on course for a straight sets victory over Victoria Azarenka in the women’s final before the Belarusian bounced back to snatch the second set tiebreak, however Serena’s champion qualities came to the fore in the deciding set as the American powered her way through it to win her 17th Grand Slam singles title.

In an ironic twist, Rafa remains unbeaten on hard courts in season 2013 while Serena is still to be beaten on clay this year, both players were worthy champions in New York with both having to overcome injury problems throughout the last year or so, Rafa’s return to the tour this year has been remarkable and his domination on the North American hard courts has been the biggest talking point of the season so far, can the man from Mallorca now go on to claim his first ever ATP World Tour Finals title I wonder, and could he really do the unthinkable and catch up to Roger Federer’s haul of 17 GS titles? Serena has been the dominant figure on the more »


No.1 and No.2 Seeds To Do Battle In New York

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

The 2013 US Open Championships will see the the world’s top 2 ranked men’s and women’s players square off and do battle in their respective finals in the next 48 hours, world No.1 and tournament top seed Novak Djokovic will compete for the title against current world No.2 and tournament second seed Rafael Nadal in the men’s final on Monday, while the top seed and the No.1 ranked women’s player Serena Williams will square off against women’s world No.2 and tournament second seed Victoria Azarenka in the women’s decider tomorrow.

Prior to this year’s tournament, a large majority of the tennis media and fans were predicting these two particular match-ups in their respective finals, after two hard fought weeks of tennis action the world’s highest ranked men and women will now compete for the ultimate prize of being the 2013 US Open Champion in their respective categories, Williams has been on fire in this tournament and the American will start a well deserved favourite tomorrow against Azarenka, however the 24 year old Belarusian has won their last two meetings and Vika can certainly not be ruled out in this repeat of last year’s championship decider.

The eagerly awaited men’s final between Djokovic and Nadal should provide all the fans in Arthur Ashe stadium plenty of excitement, tension and drama in what could end up being a classic five-setter, Nole will hold onto his No.1 ranking regardless of the result but a Rafa victory will see the champion Spaniard close in on a more »

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