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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Djokovic & Osaka Confirm No.1 Status

Feb 2, 2019

The 2019 Australian Open has now been written down in the history books, and history will say that Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka were crowned the respective men’s and women’s singles champions after two weeks of exciting and exhilarating tennis in Melbourne, Australia, the first Grand Slam event of the season didn’t disappoint with plenty of tight and tense battles between the best players in the world of tennis, however after a fortnight of terrific tennis, Djokovic and Osaka confirmed their status as world No.1 by winning the men’s and women’s singles championship respectively.

Novak produced arguably the most perfect performance ever seen in a major final, dismantling Rafael Nadal comprehensively in straight sets, the form that the Serb displayed in the final was simply superb, Nadal hadn’t dropped a set heading into the championship decider, but that meant nothing to Djokovic as he found his A+ game to dominate the final on Rod Laver Arena, Osaka found the going a little tougher in her match with Petra Kvitova though, the 21 year old from Japan had to show her mental toughness in the final after Kvitova had threatened a comeback by winning the second set, Naomi showed her maturity by knuckling down and winning a tight third set against the popular Czech, in doing so she claimed back to back Grand Slam titles and become the new women’s world No.1.

Djokovic has now claimed the last three men’s major titles and Osaka the last two women’s, nobody can dispute that more »

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Kvitova & Osaka Clash For No.1 Status

Jan 24, 2019

The 2019 Australian Open women’s singles championship final will be played on Saturday evening in Melbourne, Australia between Czech Petra Kvitova and Japan’s Naomi Osaka, the respective players will not only be playing for the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup, the eventual champion will also be crowned the new WTA women’s world No.1.

Kvitova has been totally dominant over the past fortnight in Melbourne, making her way through the draw and into the final without dropping a set, Osaka has had to battle a little bit harder to make the big dance, but the 21 year old from Osaka in Japan is through to her second consecutive Grand Slam final and she will be looking to go back to back after her amazing win in New York last year at the US Open against Serena Williams.

Both women have tasted Grand Slam success previously with Osaka winning the 2018 US Open at Flushing Meadows and Kvitova being a two-time former Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014 respectively, both ladies have experienced the feeling of being involved in a Grand Slam decider before and both women also currently hold perfect records when they reach a major final, however that is all about to change this weekend for one of them.

If the tension of a Grand Slam singles final is not enough, the extra pressure of becoming world No.1 with a win on Saturday may see one or maybe both players portraying a few more nerves than normal, Kvitova and Osaka like to hit the ball hard and play to their strengths, if both players a more »

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