New Tennis Season, New No.1′s, But Will We See A New Champion?

Jan 15, 2017

The 2017 tennis season has already begun but the season proper arguably starts today with the 2017 Australian Open commencing in Melbourne, Australia, this year ushers in a new year of tennis and new respective world No.1′s Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber, but will we see a new champion being crowned at the end of the fortnight extravaganza of tennis?

Many tennis fans and media alike are already predicting that the men’s singles championship will be decided between Murray and his long time rival and former world No.1 Novak Djokovic, that comment or feeling isn’t degrading their opponents at all, it comes about because those two men have held a mortgage around playing on the final Sunday of the event for many years with Djokovic a six-time champ and Murray a five-time runner-up, in the women’s draw Kerber and former No.1 Serena Williams would normally be touted as warm favourites in Melbourne but both players have had less than ideal preparation coming in to the first major of the year, however they are the only two women in the singles draw to have previously won the Daphne Ackhurst Memorial Trophy.

So, will the first Grand Slam championship of 2017 provide us with a new champion in Australia or will it be the status quo and business as usual when it comes to the respective finals in the men’s and women’s championship, although there is plenty of quality in the men’s draw it does seem likely that one of either Murray or Djokovic will be holding the Norman Brookes Chall more »

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Wawrinka & Kerber Enjoy Further Grand Slam Success

Sep 12, 2016

The 2016 US Tennis Open has concluded in fine style with two brand new champions being crowned, Stan Wawrinka in the men’s singles championship and Angelique Kerber in the women’s singles championship, both players have tasted Grand Slam success previously with Wawrinka winning the Australian Open in 2014 and the French Open in 2015 while Kerber added to her 2016 Australian Open title earlier in the year, Wawrinka defeated the defending champ and world No.1 Novak Djokovic in four sets in the men’s final while Kerber edged out surprise US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova in a tight three sets contest.

Stan the man lived up to his other nickname of the “Stanimal” against Djokovic in the men’s decider at Flushing Meadows, the Swiss world No.3 again showed why he is one of the most dangerous players in the world when he gets his game going, after dropping the first set in a tiebreaker, Wawrinka used his firepower off the ground to subdue Novak who is regarded by most as the best returner in the game, Stan is now unbeaten in Grand Slam finals having won all three that he has played in, two of those have been against Djokovic, with Wawrinka having now won three of the four major title’s the Swiss right-hander now has a chance to complete a career Grand Slam by winning Wimbledon in the future, but for now he will definitely enjoy this US Open championship I’m sure.

Kerber has had a career best season in 2016, making the final at three of the four majors and winning two of the t more »

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Four Non-Grand Slam Singles Winners Remain In New York

Sep 7, 2016

We have reached the semi-final stages of the 2016 US Tennis Open Championships and there still remains four singles players, two among the men and two among the women, who are yet to taste Grand Slam glory, enigmatic Frenchman Gael Monfils and the Japanese world No.7 Kei Nishikori are through to the last four in the men’s championship as are the 10th seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova and the unseeded former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in the women’s championship, can one of this quartet win two more matches in New York to achieve Grand Slam success?

Monfils (No.10 seed) will face the defending men’s singles champion and world No.1 Novak Djokovic in one semi-final while Nishikori will square off against the 3rd seeded Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the other semi-final, Djokovic will definitely start as favourite against Monfils and Wawrinka would also be a slight favourite in his last four match up with Nishikori, can Monfils topple the undisputed world No.1 and make his first GS final or will we see Djokovic reach yet another major final, the second semi-final will be intriguing also, Nishikori has been to the big dance in New York before, losing in straight sets to the 2014 champion Marin Cilic, Kei will be keen to try and go one better this year and get his name etched on the trophy but he must first beat Stan the man to advance to the final.

Pliskova has arguably the toughest challenge in women’s tennis right now in her semi-final, beating Serena at a major championship,  more »

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Is Rafael Nadal Now Officially In The Twilight Of His Career?

Sep 5, 2016

The 2016 edition of the US Open at Flushing Meadows has seen a number of extremely close matches so far which could have gone the way of either player, however the most notable of all those close matches was the fourth round men’s singles clash between 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and the rising young Frenchman Lucas Pouille, Nadal had been playing well throughout the tournament and was expected to beat the 22 year old Pouille to make yet another major quarter-final but the Frenchman had other ideas.

Rafa’s unexpected loss at the round of sixteen stage in New York begs the question then, is the champion Spaniard now officially in the twilight of his career? Based on what we have been used to seeing from Nadal over many years of competition at the majors, one would have to conclude that Rafa is indeed commencing the twilight of his career or he may even be some way into that stage of his career, Rafa’s best tennis is now definitely behind him and although he will still remain a force on the red clay at Roland Garros, it is difficult to see the King of Clay winning another Grand Slam title unless he gets a fortunate break in the draw.

Nadal has a great legion of fans who all love him for the champion he is, but the native from Mallorca now looks to be beatable in those closer matches when previously he was not, Nadal always seemed to find a way to get across the line in the tight ones and he even looked like doing so again against Pouille after saving three ma more »

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Can A New Major Champion Emerge In New York?

Aug 29, 2016

The 2016 US Open is now underway and all tennis fans will be looking forward to plenty of exciting and drama filled tennis over the next two weeks in New York, will we see the usual names emerge once again at a Grand Slam event or will we see the emergence of a new Grand Slam champion at Flushing Meadows in New York?

Most pundits are tipping the usual contenders once again, the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray among the men and Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza among the women, however there is reason to believe that we can indeed see a new major champion emerge once again in either the men’s singles championship or the women’s singles championship in 2016.

New York has provided many first time Grand Slam singles champions in recent years, Marin Cilic (2014) and Juan Martin del Potro (2009) among the men and Flavia Pennetta (2015) and Samantha Stosur (2011) among the women, perhaps it is too soon to see another new first time Grand Slam champion emerge once again in New York, let’s take a look at the likely possibilities.

The top four seeds among the men (Djokovic, Murray, Stan Wawrinka & Rafael Nadal) have all won multiple Slams and they are the favoured quartet once again, only one other player (Cilic) among the remaining seeds has tasted Grand Slam success previously, so who out of the remaining seeded players is a possible maiden GS winner in 2016 then, perhaps previous major finalists Milos Raonic (No.5 seed) and Kei Nishikori more »

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