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Exciting US Open In Prospect

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

The 2013 US Tennis Open is almost upon us and this year’s edition promises to be one of the more exciting and intriguing Grand Slam tournaments for a variety of reasons, unlike many of the previous Grand Slam events where picking the men’s and women’s champion usually came down to only a couple of players, there seems to be an air of expect the unexpected as we approach the big fortnight extravaganza in Flushing Meadows, New York.

It was only a few months ago that most fans and tennis media alike were deciding between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on who would be the men’s champion in New York in 2013, and on the women’s side the same group of people probably already had the letter S of defending women’s champion Serena Williams engraved on the trophy, my how things have changed, the hottest player on the men’s tour this year is clearly world No. 2 Rafael Nadal and although Williams has been the dominant figure this season on the women’s circuit, her loss last week in Cincinnati to world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka and the withdrawal of Russian superstar Maria Sharapova has certainly added some intrigue to the women’s championship.

Is it now a three-way go for the men’s US Open crown between Djokovic, Nadal and Murray or does making that statement disrespect the chances of former champions Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro, on the women’s side it appears to be a two-horse race between Williams and Azarenka but does stating that fact disrespect 2011 champion Sam more »


Murray Ends The British Drought….Arise Sir Andy?

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

With Andy Murray finally ending the 77 year long wait for a British men’s singles champion at Wimbledon, the question on many people’s lips is now whether or not the 26 year native from Dunblane in Scotland will be knighted for his efforts, Murray’s impressive performance in beating world No.1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win his first Wimbledon title will probably not go unnoticed in the Queens New Years honours list at the start of 2014, with Fred Perry being the last British man to win at the prestigious All England Club in 1936 it certainly would not surprise too many if Andy officially becomes Sir Andy Murray next year.

Murray now currently holds two of the four Grand slam titles on offer and the Brit will defend his US Open title at Flushing Meadows in New York commencing 26 August 2013, aside from a seemingly inevitable knighthood due in the not too distant future, Andy could also start to contemplate the possibility of becoming world No.1 before this season is done, the Scot is still some 3000pts behind Djokovic in the Emirates ATP rankings but if Murray continues his form for the majority of the season and Novak loses some of his then it is quite possible that the British press could have another celebration at the O2 Arena in London at season’s end.

Many agree that the catalyst for Murray winning at SW19 was built on his success at the 2012 Olympic Games which was held at the same venue, of course history now shows that Murray went on to claim his first more »


A New Grand Slam Champion Will Be Crowned At Wimbledon

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

After numerous upsets and plenty of close and enthralling tennis matches over the past 11 days, a new Grand Slam champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the Ladies’ Singles Championship Final on Saturday at SW19, world No.15 Marion Bartoli from France and the big serving German world No.24 Sabine Lisicki will go head to head to see who will hold the Venus Rosewater Dish aloft and earn the right to be called the Wimbledon Champion of 2013, with the Big 3 of Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova all falling early, the prospect for two unlikely ladies’ singles finalists quickly became a reality at this year’s championships.

Former finalist Bartoli has had a dream run at The Championships in 2013 and the French 28 year old will now not face anyone seeded above her in the ladies’ singles draw, if Marion wins the Wimbledon title on Saturday she will become a first time Grand Slam champion without having to play any player seeded above her, Lisicki on the other hand has had a much tougher road to negotiate in order to reach the final, the German 23 year old has had to defeat 14th seed Sam Stosur in the 3rd round, top seeded defending champion and hot favourite Williams in the fourth round and the 4th seeded 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska in a pulsating semi-final.

Bartoli has not dropped a set at The Championships this year and she has the benefit of previous Grand Slam final experience having reached the decider at The All England Club back in 2007, more »


Did Federer’s Loss Finally Signal The End Of An Era?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

In the aftermath of Roger Federer’s four set loss to Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky at The Championships in SW19, a large number of tennis fans are now saying it either looked like or felt like the end of an era when the Swiss maestro walked off the court a dejected figure, we have seen this happen time and time again to The Fed Express over the past few years and he has always answered the question in emphatic fashion by winning some big events quickly.

This stunning result has sent shockwaves around the tennis world and it must surely have even the normally cool, calm figure of Federer concerned too, apparently those who witnessed his media interview reported a solemn and dejected tone in his voice when answering questions from the throng of media present, that’s hardly surprising though because Roger has made the second week of the past 36 Grand Slam tournaments until he was ousted by Stakhovsky in round two at Wimbledon 2013.

Federer will drop down to No.5 in the world rankings at the conclusion of Wimbledon and he could even end up world No.6 if Tomas Berdych gets his hands on the trophy, the 31 year old Swiss superstar is not used to shielding tricky questions from the media and he certainly would not have been used to the feelings he must have had after his shock loss to Stakhovsky either, whether Roger can now lift himself off the canvas remains to be seen.

If Federer remains seeded outside the top 4 at all the major tennis events remaining on the calendar this more »


Worthy Finalist’s But Not The Women’s Final Most Predicted

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The 2013 Australian Open women’s champion will be crowned tonight on Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park with world No.1 Victoria Azarenka and China’s Li Na vying for the honour of holding up the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy, for most fans and pundits of the game this is not the final most of us predicted prior to the tournament, Serena Williams was the hot favourite coming in and it was widely expected that her opponent in the women’s final would be either Maria Sharapova or Agnieszka Radwanska, although none of that trio even made the big dance the two finalists in Azarenka and Li Na are worth contenders, Vika is the defending champion while Madame Li will attempt to go one better after reaching the final in 2011.

It will be an interesting match up between two players at different points in their respective careers, Azarenka is currently ranked the best women’s player in the world and at the age of 23 she is currently in her prime, Vika will be keen to repeat her victory of twelve months ago in Melbourne while Li Na is in the latter stages of her career at age 30 and will be attempting to add to her 2011 triumph at Roland Garros, it should end up being a good tussle between exuberant youth and a battle hardened and experienced campaigner, hopefully it provide’s all tennis fans with a fitting finale to the women’s singles championship at Melbourne Park in 2013.

Azarenka will probably go into the match a slight favourite but I have a feeling that Li Na will have the more »

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