Cilic & Williams Reign Supreme In New York

Sep 10, 2014

Marin Cilic and Serena Williams reigned supreme and were recently crowned the respective men’s and women’s US Open champions at Flushing Meadows in New York, while Williams’ title was certainly no surprise to most tennis fans and experts, the title run of Cilic was not only surprising but also very refreshing for the men’s game in general, the Australian Open of 2005 (Marat Safin d Lleyton Hewitt) was the last time we saw a Grand Slam decider not involving the big three of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the men’s final between the dominant Croat Cilic and Japan’s Kei Nishikori was a breath of fresh air for the men’s game, but was it simply an aberration or is it a sign that we are near a new paradigm shift in men’s tennis?

The form of Cilic and Nishikori throughout the fortnight on Arthur Ashe stadium was so dominant that it would be easy to get carried and think that the reign of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer at the majors is over, but we have heard all this before and Nole, Rafa and Fed have always responded both strongly and quickly to those suggestions, the Australian Open in Melbourne in early 2015 will now be keenly anticipated though by most tennis fans, the results there could be a good gauge to see whether or not the changing of the guard in men’s tennis is in fact upon us, the next Grand Slam probably can’t come soon enough for most of us now.

In the women’s championship, Serena created her own piece of history in New York by notching up Grand S more »

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Maiden Grand Slam Champion Will Be Crowned In New York

Sep 8, 2014

After two weeks of enthralling and exciting tennis, the two men left standing to do battle for the men’s singles championship on Monday are not the pair of gentlemen that most tennis fans thought they would be, 25 year old Croat and world No.12 Marin Cilic will square off against the Japanese 24 year old and world No.8 Kei Nishikori in the US Open men’s final, that’s not a typo people, it will be definitely be Cilic versus Nishikori doing battle on Arthur Ashe stadium and one of these young men will write their name into tennis history by winning their maiden Grand Slam crown in New York.

Most tennis pundits picked the tournament top seeds Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to once again be vying for Grand Slam glory at Flushing Meadows on the final day of the tournament, that looked highly likely too as we reached the semi-final of the men’s championship with Djokovic favoured to beat Nishikori and Federer favoured to beat Cilic, lightning struck twice on semi-final Saturday in New York however as first Djokovic was ousted by Nishikori in four sets and then Federer was dismantled by the big-serving Cilic in straight sets.

In a refreshing change of pace, we will see for the first time since 2005 no Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Federer or Andy Murray in a Grand Slam final, regardless of how their nerves might affect them, either Cilic or Nishikori will become a Grand Slam champion on a Monday evening in New York unless weather intervenes, so how will the first final minus the more »

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Serena Shooting For GS No.18

Sep 5, 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 »

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New Breed Of Talent Is On The Horizon

Sep 3, 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 »

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Novak & Serena Favoured Yet Again In New York

Aug 25, 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 »

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