Muguruza & Djokovic Create Their Own History At Roland Garros

Jun 5, 2016

The 2016 French Open has seen history created with Garbine Muguruza winning her maiden Grand Slam title in the women’s championship and Novak Djokovic finally claiming the elusive title he so earnestly craved in the men’s championship, Muguruza was simply sublime in the championship decider against Serena Williams winning in straight sets, the Spaniard played all out aggressive tennis in a power game we have become accustomed to seeing from Williams herself, the 22 year old has now risen to world No.2 and looks the most likely candidate to topple Serena and become the next world No.1, although she may not have been at her best, Williams didn’t play poorly in this one, sure there was the rumour about the adductor strain but it didn’t appear to hamper Serena as she too played with plenty of power throughout the match, Djokovic got off to a slow and nervous start against Andy Murray dropping the first set but the world No.1 soon found his range and he was simply too good for Murray in four sets, the win saw the 29 year old Serb claim his career Grand Slam and 12th major title and he now holds all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, a feat last achieved by Rod Laver in 1969.

Muguruza and Djokovic are now on different paths however, Garbine has tasted Grand Slam success for the first time and she undoubtedly has the game to win many more, Djokovic has already won twelve majors and is in the prime of his career, however Novak will turn 30 next year and he has several more »

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Rafa And Rain The Main Talking Points At RG 2016

Jun 1, 2016

The 2016 French Open has seen many different things, some great tennis, some unexpected tournament performances from several players, particularly among the women, but the main talking point at Roland Garros this year has been the retirement of nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and the persistent rain which has left the tournament receiving criticism from plenty of fans and players alike.

The third round withdrawal of Nadal (wrist) was a huge surprise for everyone and certainly hurt a tournament already reeling from not having Roger Federer involved, but once the shock of Rafa’s decision to withdraw had subsided, the rain soon become the main talking point, the persistent wet weather has thrown the championships into mini chaos with some matches resuming while light rain was falling, two of the more fancied women, Agnieszka Radwanska (No.2 seed) and Simona Halep (No.6 seed) were both ahead and seemingly in control in their respective matches against Tsvetana Pironkova and Sam Stosur before the rain intervened, however both players were then ousted on the resumption of play in damp and heavy conditions.

Radwanska and Halep both voiced their concerns and disappointment about the situation but the show must go on at RG and there is no coming back from eventual defeat on the court regardless of how much complaining they do, that leads most people to the question of a roof and how long the fans and French public have to wait until the French Open erects a roof over centre cou more »

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Can Novak Be Stopped In Paris?

May 22, 2016

The 2016 version of Roland Garros is now underway and the burning question that seems to be on the lips of most tennis fans is, can anyone stop Novak Djokovic from adding the French Open crown to his growing list of achievements, that question will be definitely be answered throughout the next fortnight of course but with the first day of the tournament now behind us, I thought it appropriate to look at the contenders who will try and prevent Djokovic from Grand Slam glory once again.

In the men’s singles championship, it appears that Nole will have five main threats to worry about in 2016, his recent Rome conqueror Andy Murray, defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka, nine-time RG champ and King of Clay Rafael Nadal, consistent world No.5 Kei Nishikori and the popular Frenchman and 2015 semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Djokovic will not have to contend with world No.3 Roger Federer who withdrew through injury.

Novak won’t have to face any of these five players until at least the semi-finals (Nadal or Tsonga), therefore the undisputed world No.1 must start a warm favourite to win his first title at Roland Garros in 2016 and claim his career Grand Slam in the process, if he is to square off against any of the remaining three threats (Murray, Wawrinka, Nishikori), it will obviously be against only one of them in the French Open final, a GS victory therefore at RG this year would require Nole to produce two strong back to back performances against the best of the res more »

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Djokovic & Kerber Reign Supreme In Melbourne

Jan 31, 2016

Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber were crowned the respective men’s and women’s singles champions at the 2016 Australian Open in Melbourne over the weekend, certainly it was no surprise to see Djokovic win his 6th Australian Open title against regular rival Andy Murray, but the big surprise in the women’s championship decider was seeing Kerber play brilliantly to upend world No.1 Serena Williams in a high quality three set contest, the 28 year old German was playing in her first Grand Slam final and she could have been forgiven for having a few nerves considering she was up against one of the best women’s singles players in the history of the sport, Williams was a little off in the first set but once Serena leveled the match at one set-all, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that she would go on to win her 7th Australian Open crown, Angelique had other ideas though and kept her nerve whilst playing to “win” the match.

It was refreshing to see Kerber continue to go for her shots and play to win against Serena instead of just hitting the ball back hoping that Serena would somehow gift her the title, the two women exchanged in some fine rallies in the third and final set and it was one of the better Australian Open women’s finals for some years, Kerber deserved her victory and the German lass can now be called a Grand Slam champion as well as the new world No.2, it was a fitting way to end what has been a very surprising fortnight of tennis in the women’s singles more »

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Zhang Shuai Becomes The Cinderella Story Of AO 2016

Jan 25, 2016

Zhang Shuai, the current world No.133 Johanna Konta, has become the Cinderella story of the 2016 Australian Open by reaching the women’s singles quarter-finals in Melbourne, the 27 year old native from Tianjin in China almost lost in the final round of qualifying for the tournament, but she now finds herself in the last eight of a major championship for the first time in her career.

Zhang had never previously won a match at any Grand Slam tournament being 0 from 14 in her career before the Australian Open, what’s even more remarkable though is that Zhang had lost the previous 20 sets she has played at a major event before she came to Melbourne this year and was considering retirement, the Chinese lady will now have to contemplate how she will handle the spotlight after becoming only the fourth Chinese player in history to reach the quarter-finals in Melbourne.

Zhang’s opponent in the quarter-finals, Johanna Konta, also reached her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final and etched her name in the history books by becoming the first British woman to reach the last eight at a Grand Slam tournament since Jo Durie in 1984, either Zhang or Konta will now progress to the semi-finals of the 2016 Australian Open women’s singles championship, who would have picked that before the tournament started, my guess is nobody…..Cinderella story indeed! more »

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