Women’s Singles Championship Is Wide Open

Aug 25, 2019

The 2019 US Open Tennis Championships are about to get underway at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, while the men’s singles championship looks to be a race between the big three once again, the same can’t be said for the wide open women’s draw, there has been a different Grand Slam women’s singles champion in each of the three previous major events this season and that trend could very well continue in the next fortnight on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The US Open women’s singles event has a large number of championship contenders this year and quite a few of these women have solid credentials as to why they should be favoured to lift the silverware, in my opinion there is at least ten women who have a realistic chance of being crowned the champion in New York in 2019.

Top seed and defending champion Naomi Osaka will be looking to go on another run similar to last year, current Roland Garros champion and No.2 seed Ashleigh Barty should relish the fast hardcourts and could be dangerous, third seed Karolina Pliskova is a former US Open finalist and will be hoping that she can recreate her best form, No.4 seed and current Wimbledon champ Simona Halep will be looking to back up her great form from SW19, Petra Kvitova is a two-time former Wimbledon champ and was this years AO runner-up who is always dangerous when in the mood, 23-time Grand Slam champ Serena Williams will be looking to notch up major win No.24 on home soil to equal the  more »

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Big Three Dominant Once Again at Wimbledon

Jul 7, 2019

The first week of The Championships at Wimbledon 2019 is now behind us and although there have been numerous upsets in both the men’s and women’s singles draw at SW19, one factor that remains is that the big three of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal remain dominant in the men’s singles championship, it appears highly likely that the 2019 champion will once again come from the infamous trio as Novak, Roger and Rafa each look to extend their already impressive Grand Slam resume’s.

The draw for the defending champion Djokovic looks very manageable from here as he plays the young Frenchman Ugo Humbert in the round of sixteen and will then face the winner between David Goffin and the unseeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-finals, the semi-final opponent for Djokovic looks like being either the big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic or perhaps the durable Spaniard Roberta Bautista Agut, eight-time Wimbledon champ Federer (2nd seed) faces the in-form Italian Matteo Berrettini next up and will then clash with the winner between Kei Nishikori (No.8 seed) and the unseeded Kazak Mikhail Kukushkin in the last eight, Fed’s likely semi-final opponent appears that it will be his long time nemesis Nadal (No.3 seed), unless the unseeded American Sam Querrey can serve his way through to the last four.

The women’s singles championship is also shaping up as an interesting battle with current Roland Garros champion and new world No.1 Ash Barty and seven-time Wimbledon more »

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Nadal & Barty Claim Glory In Paris

Jun 11, 2019

The 2019 Roland Garros Championships in Paris have come to an end and it was yet another historic Grand Slam event with Rafael Nadal notching up a record 12th men’s singles RG crown, while Australian Ashleigh Barty claimed her first major women’s championship singles title respectively.

Nadal was simply supreme once again in Paris and if the Spaniard can stay fit for a few more years on tour, few would bet against him from adding to his amazing haul at the French Open, Barty was a completely different story altogether, but the 23 year old Queensland native from Ipswich certainly made headlines of her own throughout the two weeks, Barty had never previously made it further than the second round at RG, but 2019 changed all that for the popular Aussie as she swept her way to her maiden Grand Slam title.

Debate may well go on for years and years about who the men’s tennis GOAT is, but one thing that can’t be debated is the fact that Rafa is simply the King of Clay and the GOAT on the red dirt surface, his achievements on clay will probably never be matched or surpassed and his name will forever be linked with the French Open Championships in Paris, it’s staggering to think that the native from Manacor in Spain has won the same Grand Slam event an amazing twelve times, nothing Rafa now does would shock tennis fans anymore I believe.

Barty is probably wondering how Nadal can do this eighteen times after winning her very first major event, however the Aussie will now more »

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A New Women’s Major Champion Will Be Crowned

Jun 6, 2019

What a tournament we have seen so far in Paris at the French Open of 2019, the business end of the 2019 Roland Garros tournament is fast approaching and we will definitely be seeing a new women’s Grand Slam singles champion at the conclusion of the tournament, Ashleigh Barty, Amanda Anisimova, Johanna Konta and Marketa Vondrousova are the remaining four women still in the tournament, on the men’s side Dominic Thiem is the only player to yet taste Grand Slam success with the big three of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer continuing to impress.

Prior to this tournament beginning, the women’s singles draw looked to be a difficult one to predict and that has certainly proven to be the case with none of the four women remaining ever previously making a major singles final before, Konta has been the closest with two previous semi-final appearances at Wimbledon “17″ and AO “16″ respectively, Barty made the quarter-finals of the Australian Open earlier this year which was her previous best performance, the best result that Anisimova and Vondrousova have previously achieved in a Slam prior to RG “19″ has been reaching the 4th round, Anisimova made the round of sixteen in Melbourne earlier this year and Vondrousova achieved the same result in New York last year at the US Open.

Two of the four women mentioned above will obviously be contesting their first ever Grand Slam singles final, what an exciting time for all four women to be playing for a spot in a major singles final, one of more »

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The Men’s Big Three Roll On In Paris

Jun 3, 2019

The first week of the 2019 Roland Garros French Open Championships has now been completed and we are down to the last eight in the respective men’s and women’s singles championships, as is normally the case in major events there has been a number of upsets throughout the first week in Paris, one thing that is yet to change however is the dominance of the big three in men’s tennis, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have steamrolled their way through the men’s draw thus far and all three players look likely to progress to the final four at RG, Nadal and Federer could be on course for a semi-final showdown if the seeds hold.

The men’s quarter-final line-up includes six of the top eight seeded players in the tournament, while the women’s draw has produced far more upsets with only three of the top eight seeded players remaining, defending champion Simona Halep is in fact the only seeded player among the top four women’s seeds still alive in the event, the women’s draw also includes two unseeded players (Amanda Anisimova & Marketa Vondrousova) in the last eight unlike the men’s championships where all eight players are seeded, Karen Khachanov (10) and Stan Wawrinka (24) are the only two men’s players seeded outside the top eight.

Djokovic, Nadal and Federer continue to amaze tennis fans around the world with their dominance in such a highly competitive sport, father time will eventually catch up with all three men, but each time their expected fall from more »

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